family devotions

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was shared on Sunday. Feel free to share them with friends!

Why are family devotions important? The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.

the sermon on the mount

october 25 weekly devotion

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount | Matthew 5:1-12
Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Welcome to the Sermon on the Mount family devotional. The sermon on the mount is filled with some of Jesus’ most famous teachings. It’s filled with practical instructions on how to live a God-honoring life, but more than that, it shows us what it means to live as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

This passage reminds us that we must always focus on Jesus and His saving work, otherwise we are hopeless to live up to God’s standards. When we take these teachings to heart, we find an incredible blueprint on how to live the Spirit-filled life God desires for us all!

Discussion Questions
After you have watched the Bible video and completed your family Bible reading discuss the following questions. Use the drop down icons for additional insights.

What surprises you about Jesus' teaching on these verses?
Why is it so important to recognize our need for God?
What does verse 8 (Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God) promise about pure hearts?

Closing Prayer
Dear God, thank You for teaching us about Your Kingdom and how we can live lives full of blessing. Help us to listen to and follow Your teachings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

This week's devotion is from Sharefaith Kids (code: w4e5r8).

a note for parents

[ sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from HIM - Psalm 127:3 ]

If you read Psalm 127 in its entirety, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards.

What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow.

This note today is taken from Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.