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Lesson 25: Happiness in the Kingdom, Part 1 (Luke 6:17-26)

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Everyone wants to be happy, but many of our common pursuits do not yield the happiness we are seeking. Jesus, however, knows what is best for us, offering to us that which is most satisfying. In part 1 of this two-part message, we are presented with the main idea of, “happy are you who find your satisfaction in Christ and His kingdom.” As we read that we are blessed when poor and hungry, while woes are upon us if we are rich and filled, these ideas seem altogether counter-intuitive. But Christ gives us the reasons why they are yet true: He alone satisfies. From such, we learn 1) You are fortunate if you are seeking your security in Christ’s kingdom, and 2) You are fortunate if the only food that will satisfy you is the Bread of Life. Jesus has more for us than the ideas of a nice or successful life. In light of His majesty, we are able to see that we regularly delight ourselves in worthless things and simply need to turn our faces toward Him.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Basics for Christians, Kingdom, Spiritual Life