In the Bible, the Beatitudes identify eight categories of people to whom Jesus offers unconditional grace: the spiritually deprived, the grieving, the underdogs, those denied justice, the carers, the idealists, the go-betweens, and the persecuted. Often disqualified and self-disqualifying, Jesus invites them all into a transforming relationship with Himself with no other requirement on their part. All they need do is accept His open-handed invitation. This is the good news of the kingdom of heaven in the here and now: the offer of eternal life.
The focus of this 7-session study guide is not on orthodox belief, religious performance, or disciplined conduct. Instead, it helps readers understand that it is purely their relationship with Jesus that will transform their lives beyond their wildest dreams.
Each session includes a Bible reference, opening icebreaker, discussion starter, and suggestions for personal application. Helpful notes for group leaders round out this Bible study, making it ideal for groups or individuals.