Community Groups 6.22.14

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This last week, Pastor Greg brought us the second part of his message on The Beatitudes entitled "Happiness: What it is and how to have it". Please read Matthew 5:3-12.

It often seems that the people in the world who are trying hardest to be happy are the most miserable people out there. Why is this?

When surveyed, people said that they found happiness in the following:

Their faith or religion
Being forgiven or forgiving others
Family and friends
A mindset that is not focused in material things.

Would you agree or disagree? Have you found happiness in any of these things?

Pastor Greg states "No matter how much you love someone, you should always love more." Why is it not a good thing to be lazy in loving others?

What is "spiritual junk food" and what should we do to avoid it?

One of The Beatitudes is "Blessed are the merciful…" What does it mean to be merciful? If we have been forgiven, why is it so important to be forgiving to others?

Pastor Greg Laurie says that if we seek righteousness, we will be happy. How does one seek righteousness? in what ways does righteousness produce happiness?

Why is it critical for the Christian to be a peacemaker? How can selfishness lead to conflict or even violence? What steps should we take to avoid being selfish and instead become peacemakers?

Pastor Greg says that "peacemakers are often trouble makers." What does he mean by this? How can being a representative of Jesus bring conflict?

The Beatitudes continue by saying that "Happy are those who are persecuted." How and why should we rejoice in persecution?

Can you think of moments when you were persecuted for being a Christian?

Why is it a bad indicator of our spiritual condition if we are not enduring persecution?

Happy are the people who’s God is the Lord!‚Äč

**These questions are used by Harvest Community Groups to facilitate discussion time in a small-group setting and to dig deeper into God’s Word. We encourage you to use them in your home or small group–or better yet, join one of our Community Groups! Information can be found at communitygroups.harvest.org**

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