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Teaching the First Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:3

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

Qualities of “poor in spirit:”

  • Teachable
  • Humble
  • Willing to trust God completely
  • Receptive
  • Realizing the need to daily look to God for any and every answer.

Qualities of the “kingdom of heaven:”

  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Harmony
  • Fun
  • Success
  • Adventure

What doesn’t get to go into the kingdom?

  • Pride, Fear, Ignorance – because they make one rich in material thinking, which keeps us spiritually poor.
  • Negative attitudes (poor in spirit) hide God’s presence, but a change in thinking instantly shows the kingdom of heaven is within us—here, right now.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 1

  • Happy are those who trust in God and are humble enough to ask for His guidance in everything that needs to be done; for they accept the rewards of living closely with God.
  • Happy are those who recognize that material riches are of no help and that they are ready, willing, and able to be obedient to God’s abundant plan for them.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:3

Matthew 5:3


There are many different ways of looking at this beatitude and working with it.

Help the students to create posters to help remember the beatitude. Jeanne Sparks created this one for her pupils:

  • INSTANTANEOUS ADVENTURE
  • ABUNDANCE
  • HAPPINESS
  • HARMONY
  • FUN
  • PERFECTION
  • SUCCESS
  • Offered daily to anyone who is:
    • Teachable
    • Humble
    • Trusts God enough to give up:
      • Pride
      • Ignorance
      • Fear
      • Bad habits
      • Bad attitudes

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

   
 

Teaching the Second Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:4

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Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Qualities of “mourning:”

  • Tears of repentance
  • Willingness to release
    • A broken heart
    • Emotional hurt
    • Sadness
    • Unhappiness
  • Sorrow for wrong doing
  • Repentance for inappropriate or dishonest behavior
  • Readiness to reconcile with God.

Qualities of being “comforted:”

  • Feelings of peace
  • Feeling forgiven
  • Feelings that everything is fine
  • Courage and freedom to move forward
  • Redemption
  • At-one-ment with God, and the understanding that good can never be lost because God is good and all that He made is very good (Gen 1:31).

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 2

  • Happy are those who have done something wrong and are ready to not repeat it, for they are forgiven.
  • Happy are those who are really sad for whatever reason, because they can instantly feel God’s loving arms around, beneath, and above them and everyone, arms that are always holding them securely and gently.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:4

Matthew 5:4


Remember the Rewards poster from last week? You can either use this one or create your own Rewards poster.

  • INSTANTANEOUS FORGIVENESS
  • LOTS OF HUGS
  • HAPPINESS
  • SECURITY
  • GOOD, WARM, COZY FEELINGS OF BEING LOVED AND CARED FOR

  • Offered daily to anyone who is:
    • Very sad
    • Sorry
    • Unhappy because of:
      • Losing a friend
      • Making a mistake

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

You might start your poster by making a list of the things you feel sad about.

  • Have you ever had an argument with a friend and then wished you hadn’t said something?
  • Have you ever wanted to take back something you said to a family member?
  • Have you ever made a mistake and tried to hide it?
  • Did you miss getting on a team, or getting a grade you thought you deserved?
  • What else might make you feel unhappy?
  • Aren’t Jesus’ words wonderful, that when we feel awful about something, God is right there to comfort us?
    • What does it mean to comfort?
    • Have you ever felt comforted by God’s love?
    • Have you ever comforted someone else?
   
 

Teaching the Third Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:5

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Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Qualities of “meek:”

  • Quietly, but firmly, positive
  • No weakness, but strength
  • Letting go of previous hurts, losses or failures—all the baggage
  • Gentle
  • Self-controlled with no temper tantrums
  • Trusting as the lambkin trusts and follows the shepherd.

Qualities of “inheritances:”

  • Free gifts that have to be claimed by proving your identity
  • Qualities received
  • Conditions or traits from past generations
  • Our God-given inheritance is only good and healthy.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 3

  • Happy are those who are letting go of their anger and hurts, for they shall experience wonderful things taking place in their lives.
  • Happy are those who claim the dominion that is their spiritual heritage, for their lives will be healthy, exciting, and successful.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:5

Matthew 5:5


Help the students to create posters to help remember the beatitude. Jeanne Sparks created this one for her pupils:

  • INSTANTANEOUS FREE GIFTS FROM GOD, INCLUDING:
    • DOMINION OVER
      • SIN
      • DISEASE
      • DEATH
  • HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL LIFE
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED OR WILL EVER NEED IS GIVEN FREELY!
  • Offered daily to all who show:
    • Self-control
    • Gentleness as a lamb
    • Quiet strength

CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE NOW BY DIALING:   4-6-3 (G – O – D)

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

   
 

Teaching the Fourth Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:6

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Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Qualities of “hunger:”

  • Need
  • Eagerness
  • Strong desire
  • Passionate concern
  • Super focused

Qualities of “thirst:”

  • Eagerness
  • Moisture
  • Craving

Qualities of “filled:”

  • Satisfied
  • Fully supplied
  • Complete
  • Enough

Note: Eating and drinking are necessities of life. God does not starve us.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 4

  • Happy are those who have a passionate concern and eagerness for goodness and justice, for they shall be completely satisfied with everything.
  • Happy are those who are really focused and craving for every event of their lives to be right; for they shall be fully supplied with right friends, home, career, and abundance.

Create your own paraphrase of the fourth beatitude – Matt 5:6

Matthew 5:6


Create a Reward poster for the above beatitude.

  • INSTANTANEOUS COMPLETE SUPPLY OF ANY AND EVERY NEED
  • Offered daily to all who eagerly stay super focused on right motives and acts.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

  • Have you ever been hungry? Thirsty?
    • For how long?
    • What did it take for you to be filled?
  • Have you ever really been hungry to achieve something?
    • Winning a game or race?
    • Getting an A on a test or paper?
    • Going on a vacation?
   
 

Teaching the Fifth Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:7

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Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Qualities of “merciful:”

  • Recognizing a need and acting upon it
  • Being able to “walk in someone else’s shoes”—thinking and feeling as that individual does
  • Loving and appreciating others because God is Love and man is His image and likeness
  • Loving unconditionally
  • Forgiving and forgetting—not holding something over someone’s head
  • Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Qualities of “mercy:”

  • Compassion
  • Tenderness
  • Pardoning
  • Prosperity
  • Lovingly blessed
  • Reflection of love back to us as we love others.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 5

  • Happy are those who sincerely show their care and concern for others, for others will show care and concern for them.
  • Happy are those who always praise the good thoughts and actions of others, for they will be praised rather than criticized for their thoughts and actions.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:7

Matthew 5:7


Create a Reward poster for the fifth beatitude.

  • INSTANTANEOUS APPRECIATION FOR YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL
  • Offered daily to all who:
    • Appreciate everyone else for the good they express.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

   
 

Teaching the Sixth Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:8

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Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Qualities of “pure:”

  • Being clean inside in thought and in speaking (not swearing)
  • Magnifying the good
  • Being natural
  • Serving only one master
  • Cleansing daily to be at one with God
  • Having clean moral values and motives
  • Being spotless, without blemish.

Qualities of “heart:”

  • Referring to the center of thinking, feeling
  • Center of our being
  • Pure throughout
  • Place where moral decisions are made.

Qualities of “see:”

  • Understanding God’s spiritual nature
  • Perceiving good up close and far off—everywhere
  • Experiencing daily all the attributes of God and His abundance.

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 6

  • Happy are those who continually and honestly clean up their acts, for they shall experience all good in every area of their lives.
  • Happy are those who magnify the good all around them, for they will understand God’s goodness everywhere and in every thing.

Create your own paraphrase of Matt 5:8

Matthew 5:8


Create a Reward poster for the sixth beatitude.

  • INSTANTANEOUS GOOD IN EVERYTHING YOU:
    • THINK
    • SEE
    • AND DO.
  • Offered daily to all who are:
    • Clean in all their
      • Thinking,
      • Speaking,
      • Acting.
    • Who truly want to see good all over and over all.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

   
 

Teaching the Seventh Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks
Read Matthew 5:9

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Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Qualities of “peacemakers:”

  • Overcome evil with good actively
  • Find satisfaction in removing hatred and reconciling enemies
  • Help any and all find the highest good in every situation
  • Lay aside their own selfish ambitions and seek to glorify God in all they do—their motives and acts
  • Make love a priority in attitudes and behavior
  • Do not gossip, agitate, rabble rouse, hassle or cause trouble
  • Bring harmony and blessings to others.

Qualities of “children.”

  • Innocent
  • Pure
  • Receptive
  • Eager to learn
  • Perfect reflections of God (Genesis 1)

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 7

  • Happy are those who focus on expressing love to all, for hatred will just melt away.
  • Happy are those who work for the best interests of everyone, for they shall all experience abundance and good in all aspects of their daily life.

Create your own paraphrase of the seventh Beatitude – Matt 5:9

Matthew 5:9


Create a Reward poster for the seventh beatitude.

  • INSTANTANEOUS
    • Satisfaction,
    • Harmony,
    • Joy,
    • Good, solid relationships.

  • Offered daily to all who are willing to help any and all find the highest good in every situation.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

   
 

Teaching the Eighth Beatitude by Jeanne Sparks

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Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Qualities of “persecuted:”

  • Tormented
  • Pestered
  • Bugged
  • Punished unnecessarily
  • Harassed
  • Tortured
  • Mistreated

Qualities of “revile:”

  • Verbal abuse
  • Disparaging remarks
  • Put downs

Paraphrasing of Beatitude # 8

  • Happy are those who remain calm when being harassed because they are proving that evil has no power or presence to disrupt their happiness.
  • Happy are those who understand the abusive attacks on them are not personal but merely an attempt to distract them from their at-one-ment with God.

Create your own paraphrase of the eighth Beatitude – Matt 5:10

Matthew 5:10


Create a Reward poster for the eighth beatitude.

  • INSTANTANEOUS SENSE OF PEACE, HARMONY AND JOY WITHIN
  • Offered daily to all who are mistreated, harassed, and subject to verbal abuse because of following in Jesus’ footsteps.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

   
 

Beatitude Mix-Up

Take 4x6 note cards and write one word from the Beatitudes on each card. You can mix them all up and have the students draw cards until they can make a Beatitude or all the Beatitudes.

Ex. Blessed are those that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

Mourn
Shall
Are
For
That
Blessed
Be
Those
Comforted
They
   

Have the students put each verse in the correct order as you discuss the meaning. Emphasize daily living of these Beatitudes. Ask them how their lives are improved when they live the Beatitudes.

   
 

Shorts and Shirts

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Debbie Schleiffer, a Sunday school teacher from Columbus, Ohio, offers another way to engage pupils in memory work.

ART IDEA 2

Cut out shirts and shorts from construction paper using templates below OR photocopy template shapes onto colored paper. You may choose to enlarge the template size on the photocopier. If you enlarge one shirt to fit on one 8.5 x 11 inch paper, then you have room to write an entire Bible verse on it.

Depending on the size you choose, write many words (such as an entire Beatitude) on a large-sized shape OR write a single word on a medium-sized shape (such as “The”, “Lord”, “is”, “my”, “Shepherd”…) OR write a single letter on a small-sized shape (such as “G”, “O”, “D”).

Display: Hang shirts and shorts on a length of yarn strung up by clothespins. Very colorful!

Tip: Laminate your shapes at a copy shop for continued use. (Construction paper will fade even when laminated. Try various quality papers.)

Game: Mix up the order of the words and put them back together. They can be rearranged very easily for additional creative learning. Goal: Memorization.

Tip: Use these shapes in summertime only. (Use mitten shapes in wintertime and hang them on a pine tree background.)

Debbie Schleiffer
Sunday school teacher

   
 

Create Posters for the Beatitudes

This exercise leads to many new ideas. The students in the 6th grade class made posters for the Beatitudes. The posters help them remember and understand each Beatitude.

   
 
   
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