Scripture memory: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Describe a time when being, doing, or speaking righteousness cost you something. Did you know it would cost you something ahead of time?
Read Matthew 5:10–12. The Beatitudes do not describe eight different kinds of people, but eight characteristics of every Christ follower. What does it look like for this particular Beatitude to be true of us in America and in Dallas today?
What is promised in this Beatitude for those who are persecuted? How do you feel about what is promised?
What is the difference between being persecuted for the sake of Christ and simply drawing fire for being obnoxious?
Throughout history, it has often been the case that the church grew the most when persecution was at its peak. Why do you think this is true? What does that mean for us?