Happy New Year! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The Beatitudes are some of the mostbeloved teachings of Jesus, yet they maywell be some of the most pointed. We maymiss their point, however, if we do not study them within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. In this study, Margaret Aymer invites us toconsider the Beatitudes as they might have been heard when Jesus spoke them—during the time of the Roman Empire. While great in many respects, Rome was a cruel and brutal regime that did not stop short of executing anyone who challenged its authority. As you study the Beatitudes, it will be important to remember this context.
Confessing the Beatitudes is aptly named, as we are invited at the end of each lesson toenter into a process of confession. The ancient practice of confession marks Christians as a people who recognize thetruth, learn about the truth, and speak the truth—both about God and aboutourselves. Through reading the Accra Confession of 2004, and creating our ownconfessions, we live out our trust in the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Confession in this heartfelt manner is aconcrete way for us to make the Beatitudes part of our journey of discipleship as we move from confession to action.
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