What in the world does “poor in spirit” mean? And what IS happiness exactly? In this lesson, Mike begins an exploration of The Beatitudes — the “be happy attitudes,” as they have been called — beginning with a discussion of the idea of what it means to be poor in spirit.
As dark clouds bring the rain that creates growth for the earth, so do the dark clouds of life bring growth and maturity into our lives. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, and a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
Being holy is about becoming what God intends for you to be; it is about being “inwardly” changed. In this lesson, Mike describes the concept of holiness and the importance of real change. As the Hebrew writer notes, “without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 4:12).
In this lesson, Mike explores the value of worship, and how it marks the healthy church. He examines the idea that each choice we make is valued on a scale of worth. Is it worth it — or not? Those things that we value consume our time and attention.