For Week 3 of our series into The Sermon, we covered the second half of the Beatitudes. John Stott described the beatitudes by saying: “The more we explore their implications, the more seems to remain unexplored. Their wealth is inexhaustible. We cannot plumb their depths. Truly, ‘We are near heaven here.’” And hence, we took our time.
The big idea for us to remember is that The Sermon, and the beatitudes specifically, are “not a list of requirements, but rather a description of the life of a people gathered by and around Jesus.” — Stanley Hauerwas (theologian/ethicist at Duke University).