Flourishing: The Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

SV Study Bible; The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington; The Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ’s Message to the Modern Church by Charles Quarles; Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Flourishing: The Way of Jesus

Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus the Christ delivers his authoritative vision for human flourishing to his disciples.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; A Biblical Theology of Human Flourishing by Jonathan Pennington; The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary by Jonathan Pennington; Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas; Authority and Flourishing by Josh Kouri

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That You May Know

1 John 5:6-13

God’s testimony and our possession of eternal life in Christ gives us great assurance.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Tyndale New Testament Commentaries: The Letters of John by John Stott; Reformed Expository Commentaries: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

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Christian Birthmarks

1 John 5:1-5

Genuine Christians bear the marks of belief, love, obedience, and victory.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Preach the Word: 1, 2, & 3 John by David L. Allen; Reformed Expository Commentaries: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnell; In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life by Sinclair Ferguson

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God IS Love

1 John 4:7-12

God IS love and has manifested love to us in his Son; therefore God’s children love one another.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Preach the Word: 1, 2, 3, John by David L. Allen; The New American Commentary: 1, 2, 3, John by Daniel L. Akin; No Trinity, No Love (blog) by Jared Wilson; The Heidelberg Disputation by Martin Luther; Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

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Test the Spirits

1 John 4:1-6

Authentic Christians discern and cling to the truth concerning Christ by God’s word and Spirit.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Reformed Expository Commentaries: 1, 2, & 3 John by Douglas Sean O’Donnel; A Theology for the Church, ed. by Daniel Akin

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Reassurance Comes

1 John 3:19-24

When our heart condemns us in light of the great demand to love one another, reassurance comes through knowing who God is, obeying what God commands, and enjoying whom God gives.

RESOURCES: ESV Study Bible

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