RE-RADICALIZED

Welcome to a personal or group devotional time in the Sermon on the Mount (Re-Radicalized). We are going for 20 days and then at the same time, we are offering a 2-week Easter devotional, and then back to Re-radicalized devotionals.  You are always welcome to follow your own devotional format, but if you feel you need one or even a fresh way of spending time with God in His Word, we’ve provided an option for you using the acrostic, P.R.A.I.S.E.:

Praise – A great way to begin your devotional time is to acknowledge who God is, which will help you to be more spiritually sensitive to what He wants to teach you.

Read the text – To have a better grasp on what the author is saying, it’s best to at least read the section of Scripture before and after the immediate text you focusing on each day.

Ask questions – We have provided questions for you to ponder, but know that you don’t have to address them all each day.

Interpret the context – When you are reflecting on a word, phrase or verse, be sure to remain consistent with the context. It’s important to ask yourself if the author would have intended his original audience to understand him the way you are interpreting him.

Summarize – You will be blessed by committing to writing down the main points and personal application. This exercise will help you think more deeply about the meaning of the passage and your response to it.

Engage with God – It’s so wonderful to begin with the Lord and close this particular devotional time with Him in prayer. This is the moment to talk with God about your response to the passage, asking Him to apply it to your heart, to give you further understanding, faith and obedience.  If you need a resource on how to pray, please click here.

Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week One (Days 1-5)
Week One – Day 1

Praise (What is it about God’s character that I am grateful for?)

Read the text: Matthew 5:3-4 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What does being poor in one’s spirit mean to you? (v. 3)
  • When you consider Jesus, what do you think you’re in need of? (v. 3)
  • What are you brokenhearted over? (v. 4)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions to Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

 

Digging Deeper

  • Do you think verse 3 is referring to those who are economically poor, spiritually poor, or both? And why?
  • Consider how Romans 8:18 comes into play with verse 3.
  • What spiritual values do you long for or are in need of? (i.e. – forgiveness, mercy, kindness, grace, love, truth, honesty and salvation for examples)
  • How does it make you feel knowing that the Lord has already anticipated your angst, sorrow or grief through His humanity and ultimately dying for you?
  • Read Psalm 51:17 and consider how this verse reflects verse 4.
  • What kind of attitude do you desire to put into practice in order to truly experience being as blessed as you are?

PDF for Matthew 5:3-4

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Week One – Day 2

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 1 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:5-6 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Should meekness be taken as being a pushover? Why or why not? (v. 5)
  • In what ways do you see meekness as being submissive to the Lord?
  • What do you find yourself being hungry for? (v. 6)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What would be considered worldly desires to flee from? (v. 5) (See 2 Timothy 2:22)
  • In what ways do you understand 1 Peter 5: 5-6 coming into play here?
  • Considering the words, “they will inherit the earth,” contrast the world pursuing power and prestige with the follower of Jesus exhibiting gentleness and humility.
  • Reflect on the following passages in light of verse 6: Luke 1:53; Psalm 37:4; Matthew 4:4.
  • How do the following references impact you regarding justice? (Isaiah 30:18-19; Proverbs 31:8-9; Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:37; James 1:27)
  • Write out practical steps to pursuing righteousness? (See Psalm 42: 1-2a)

PDF for Matthew 5:5-6

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Week One – Day 3

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 2 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:7-8 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Define mercy in your own words. (v. 7)
  • Determine how you can express mercy to others in your circles of influence.
  • Define pure in heart in your own words. (v. 8)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Read Matthew 18: 21-35. Determine how forgiveness is a powerful expression of mercy toward others.
  • Come up with reasons why you think practicing mercy generates the feeling of how blessed you are in Christ.
  • In what ways does Ephesians 5:1-2 lead to the development of being merciful?
  • How would you practice being pure in heart?
  • Read Philippians 4:8 and Romans 12:1-2. Determine how these references lead to being pure in heart.

PDF for Matthew 5: 7-8

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Week One – Day 4

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 3 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:9-10 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Define peace in your own words. (v. 9)
  • Can you think of ways Jesus was a peacemaker?
  • What does persecution look like to you? (v. 10)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Describe the difference between peacemaking and just appeasing.
  • How do you think a follower of Jesus wages peace at home, in the workplace, at school, etc.?
  • Think about how James 3:2-6 impacts your ability to promote peace.
  • Draw a conclusion about the degree of our Lord’s compassion simply based on the blessing that already awaits the persecuted, namely the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • What do you suppose 2 Timothy 3:12 means to you today in your world?
  • How can you identify, support and empower the persecuted church worldwide?

PDF for Matthew 5:9-10

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Week One – Day 5

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 4 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 5:11-12 (Jot down words that you want to reflect on)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • You might not be truly persecuted, but there’s certainly the possibility of experiencing false accusations, etc. Has any of this happened to you because you took a stand for the Lord? (v. 11)
  • How is it possible to rejoice in the midst of these kinds of oppositions?
  • How does it make you feel knowing how much God is on your side? (V. 12)

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How have you handled a situation in which someone spoke out falsehood against you?
  • What scripture comes to mind about handling false accusations? (Consider 1 Peter 3:16; Exodus 20:16; Isaiah 54:17; Proverbs 11:9; 1 Peter 3:9)
  • Consider the hope, the blessing, the reward for waiting on the Lord, being patient in affliction and enduring for His sake, not only as you examined verses 3-11, but also here is verse 12.
  • Read 1 Peter 1:6-9 and James 1:2-4 and determine how joy can overcome our difficult or terrible circumstances.
  • In reflecting back over the week, what how is the Lord speaking to you?

PDF for Matthew 5:11-12

 

 

Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Three (Days 11-15)
Week Three (DAY 11)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:5-6

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Maybe instead of prayer, has there been another reason you have found yourself trying to look good in front of others to get all the praise?
  • What do you see the difference is between what Jesus was accusing Jewish religious leaders of and praying in front of a crowd, but staying focused on Jesus?
  • Where can you go daily to get alone with God in prayer?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Keep in mind that the Jewish religious leaders did not appose prayer. They simply used it to gain personal attention. Why do you suppose the Jewish religious leaders were so bent on getting attention in many ways, including praying in public?
  • Why do you suppose we all crave attention from others?
  • How do you see pride being an issue here with the Jewish religious leaders? (James 4:6, 10)
  • If you were called on to pray for a group of friends, classmates or co-workers, to whom do you believe your attention should be focused on? Why?
  • Determine a specific location to pray daily in order to form a habit.
  • Here are 9 verses that speak to ushering in the presence of God: Isaiah 50:4; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 46:10, 42:1-2, 84:1-2, 27:8; James 4:8; Hebrews 10:19-22.

PDF on Matthew 6:5-6

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Week 3 (DAY 12)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 11 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:7-8

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you think the difference is between saying a pre-written prayer over and over again and a prayer that you continue to mediate on it over and over again?
  • How many times have you said or heard the same prayer at dinnertime?
  • How do you suppose follower of Jesus should approach pre-written prayers like the Lord’s prayer?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • How do you keep your mind from wandering away from God during your prayer time?
  • How might Romans 8:26 be a proper response to this first question?
  • What can a follower of Jesus do to continue growing in his/her prayer life in order to keep from just saying the same prayers over and over again and losing it’s significance?
  • Consider committing the following Psalms to memory and you mediate on them and incorporate them into your prayer life: Psalms 4, 8, 22, 32, 42, 51 and 91).
  • Now it’s important to ask why you think it’s still of great value to be a person of prayer even though God already knows what you are going to pray about? (Consider: Matthew 7:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; John 14:13; Psalms 66:18-19; Romans 8:29; James 4:2)

PDF for Matthew 6:7-8

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Week Three (DAY 13)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 12 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:9-10

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Think about it. God can be called Father or daddy!
  • How do you feel about having a close relationship with the almighty Creator of the universe?
  • Just thinking about God, (His name), what do you want to praise Him for?
  • What’s even better, God came to you to show how much He loves you and that He wants to be your Guide throughout your life. What do you need to turn over to Him for Him to take control?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Take a moment to reflect on God being your Father in Scripture: I John 3:1; Isaiah 9:6; Psalms 103:13; Proverbs 3:11-12; Matthew 6:26; John 17:24, 14:23.
  • What do you observe about the Psalmists’ reverence of God: Psalm 7:17, 8:1,9; 20:1, 33:21, 80:18, 72:19 and 135:13.
  • What kind of impact does the prayer for His Kingdom to come have on you right now? (Socially, physically, intellectually, morally and spiritually)
  • What does it mean to you that God’s Kingdom is here (Matthew 4:17; Luke 17:21), but not yet (Luke 19:11-12)?
  • In what ways is God’s will being done in your life today?

PDF for Matthew 6:9-10

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Week Three (DAY 14)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 13 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:11, 13

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Jesus is called the Bread of Life (John 6:35). What does that mean to you?
  • Jesus is also our guardian, by His Spirit in us (I Corinthians 10:13). How often do you rely on Him?
  • What else comes to mind about who Jesus is to you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • When have you really experienced God’s provision in your life? (Your daily bread)
  • In what way(s) does Matthew 6: 26-34 relate to verse 11?
  • How do you incorporate a petition for the Lord’s protection in your life on a daily basis? (See Romans 12:2 and 1 Peter 5:7-8)
  • How do you see James 1: 13-15 coming into play with verse 13?
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6: 11, 13

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Week Three (DAY 15)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from DAY 14 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:12, 14-15

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What does forgiveness mean to you?
  • Have you found it to be challenging to ask for forgiveness from the Lord when you have anger or resentment toward others because they did or said something wrong to you?
  • How does it make you feel when you have forgiven others either in person or in your heart and mind?
  • Memorize 1 john 1:9.

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • What do you experience when you ask and receive forgiveness?
  • How does it make you feel knowing how serious the Lord takes your attitude toward others? (vs. 14-15, both from a positive and negative perspective)
  • Reflect on the following references on forgiveness: Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9; Colossians 3:13; Luke 17:3-4; Ephesians 1:7, 4:31-32.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:12, 14-15

 

 

 

 

Worry: Re-Radicalized Devotionals for the Sermon on The Mount - Week Four (Days 16-20)
Week Four (DAY 16)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for from your weekend with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:25, 31, 34 (Do not worry)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • When you think of worry or anxiety, what comes to mind?
  • What do you worry about the most?
  • Jesus knows that we worry when we don’t pursue Him first and foremost. What habit(s) do you need to develop to seek Him first?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • In what ways do you see the word, therefore, serving as a bridge between 6:24 and 6:25?
  • Describe what worrying does to your mind, body and emotions. (Consider the Greek word, merimnao, which means to have anxiety, be anxious, be (unduly) concerned, to be apprehensive.)
  • Do you think Jesus is advocating that we do not need to think about eating and drinking, that it will just happen for us if we follow Him? Why or why not?
  • What’s do you see as the difference between having the necessities of life on your mind and being obsessing over them?
  • Examine the following references regarding worry: Isaiah 41:10; 1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 94:19; John 14:27; Luke 12:22b-23; Matthew 13:12.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:25, 31, 34 (Do not worry)

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https://www.northcoastcalvary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wk.-4-Day-17-Matthew-6.25-26-28-30-32-Devotional.pdfWeek Four (DAY 17)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 16 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30, 32 (God’s Care)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Do you tend to worry about the necessities of life or take them for granted?
  • After reading these verses, to what degree do you have a sense of God’s care for you?
  • Describe the balance between your responsibility and God’s care for you?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Besides the analogies of food and clothing, what comes to your mind when you think about God caring for you?
  • Why do you suppose some people think they don’t have to work, using these verses as their proof text? (Consider Genesis 3:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)
  • In what ways does worry infiltrate all areas of socio-economics?
  • Consider how one’s heart plays a key role what’s most important in our lives as worshippers of Jesus? (See 1 Peter 3:3)
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:25-26, 28-30, 32 (God’s Care)

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Week Four (DAY 18)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 17 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:27 (Worrying is Wasted Energy)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Make a list of what brings you life?
  • Why do you think those things you just listed, bring you life?
  • Why do you think worry cannot be one of those things that bring you life?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Dr. Charles Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic said that our circulatory systems, our hearts, our glands, in fact our whole nervous system is affected when we worry. Why do you think that’s true?
  • And, if that’s true, can you see any benefits to worry or anxiety?
  • How can a follower of Jesus maintain, even grow, in peace and joy in spite of his/her circumstances? (Meditate on James 1: 2-8)
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:27 (Worrying is Wasted Energy)

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Week Four (DAY 19)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 18 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:30-32 (The Sin of Worrying)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • Why do you suppose anxiety or worry is such a roadblock to growing in your faith in the Lord?
  • Describe the difference between thinking about your future and fretting over your future?
  • How can you guard against worrying about your future and grow in your faith?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Why do you suppose Jesus linked worrying with a lack of faith?
  • Why do you think Jesus termed worrying a sin?
  • In these verses, the term, pagan (or Gentiles), was referring to anyone who does not believe and follow Jesus. Contrast the point you see Jesus making in these verses with how you, as a follower of Jesus should be exercising your faith?
  • Examine the following references to understand how a lack of faith is sin: Hebrews 11:6; Mark 4:40; Matthew 6:24, 8:26, 10:33; Romans 14:23; Titus 1:16.
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:30-32 (The Sin of Worrying)

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Week Four (DAY 20)

Praise (Reflect on what you’re grateful for DAY 19 with the Lord)

Read the text: Matthew 6:32-33 (Pursuing God)

Ask questions & interpret the context:

  • What do you observe people seeking the most of these days?
  • What does it mean to you to seek God’s Kingdom first?
  • How do you plan to put this into practice daily?

Summarize: Now take a moment to go back and pour over your observations as well as your responses to the questions.

Engage with God: Bring your thoughts, questions, and desire for change to the Lord for his forgiveness, wisdom, correction, guidance, and direction.

Extra Questions To Consider

  1. What is the Lord saying to your personally?
  2. What do you need to pray about?
  3. With whom does the Lord want you to share this devotional?
  4. Who has the Lord placed on your heart to pray for and invite to church?

Digging Deeper

  • Compare/Contrast seeking what’s important to the world with what’s important to the Lord.
  • Again, how do you understand worrying impacting your striving for the Kingdom?
  • Agree or Disagree, and why? We are to seek God’s Kingdom here and now to battle the evil in this world and to be our empowerment for being salt and light ourselves, (Mt. 5:48; Philippians 3:9).
  • Read Philippians 4:6-7. What do you observe as steps to take to escape the grip that worry can have on you?
  • Consider how you may be the essential means by which God uses to provide for others’ needs. What does that look like in your current situation?
  • How do you want to live differently as a result of reflecting on these verses?

PDF for Matthew 6:32-33 (Pursuing God)

Note: We will continue this Re-Radicalized devotional series on the Sermon on The Mount after Easter. Please check out two week Easter Devotionals that lead up to Palm Sunday and up to Easter. Blessings!