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About Bill Hybels. Bill Hybels.
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, a non-denominational church with eight regional locations in the Chicago area. Hybels launched Willow Creek Community Church in with his wife, Lynne Berry , and a group of friends who gathered in rented space in a movie theater with a vision of helping people from any faith background or no faith at all become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Utilizing contemporary music, the arts, relevant teaching from the Bible, and a small-groups community focus that has revolutionized how people experience community in the local church, Willow Creek has grown to more than 25, attendees, one of the largest churches in North America—and one of the most influential. Questions directed discussion back to the sripture and also to related Bible passages. When used in a group larger than 10 people it is good to make small groups of 4 - 6 in a group. Highly recommend. Bill Hybels was born in in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Hybels founded the church after surveying the community and designing Sunday morning services for non-believers, with services for believers held on another day. Each is a proverb -like proclamation, without narrative. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke , followed by four woes which mirror the blessings. In the Vulgate , each of these blessings begins with the word beati , which translates to "happy", "rich", or "blessed" plural adjective.
While opinions may vary as to exactly how many distinct statements into which the Beatitudes should be divided ranging from eight to ten , most scholars consider them to be only eight. The eight Beatitudes in Matthew:   . The ninth beatitude Matthew —12 refers to the bearing of reviling and is addressed to the disciples. France considers verses 11 and 12 to be based on Isaiah The Beatitudes unique to Matthew are the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart, and the peacemakers.
The term "poor in spirit" is unique to Matthew.
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While thematically similar the introduction of the phrase "Poor in spirit" spiritualizes or ethicizes the poor in their predicament in alignment with Isaiah 61  while the Lucan version focuses on their actual hardship, poverty, marginalization and rejection of the poor who will see eventual vindication. The four Beatitudes in Luke —22 are set within the Sermon on the Plain.
Luke "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.
For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. The four woes that follow in Luke —26  . These woes are distinct from the Seven Woes of the Pharisees which appear later in Luke — Portals: Christianity Bible. Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost all cases the phrases used are familiar from an Old Testament context, but in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus elevates them to new levels and teachings.
Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction. They echo the highest ideals of Jesus' teachings on spirituality and compassion.
The term "the meek" would be familiar in the Old Testament, e. Friedrich Nietzsche in On the Genealogy of Morals considered the verse to be embodying what he perceived as a slave morality. In Christian teachings, the Works of Mercy , which have corporal and spiritual components, have resonated with the theme of the Beatitude for mercy. The term "peacemakers" has traditionally been interpreted to mean not only those who live in peace with others, but also those who do their best to promote friendship among mankind and between God and man.
Gregory of Nyssa interpreted it as "Godly work", which was an imitation of God's love of man. They use all innocent arts, and employ all their strength, all the talents which God has given them, as well to preserve peace where it is, as to restore it where it is not.
Tozer describes poverty of spirit as "an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets.
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These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. William Burnet Wright , seeking to avoid a common misunderstanding of the meaning of poverty of spirit, distinguishes those who are "poor in spirit" from those he calls "poor spirited," who "consider crawling the Christian's proper gait.