The Body of Christ at Work


The Sermon on the Mount is the first of five sermons attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

  • There is a parallel passage in the Gospel of Luke, which is often called the Sermon on the Plain
  • The inclusion of these sermons suggests the possibility that the Gospel of Matthew functioned as a sort of teaching guide for the early church

Most of us are used to hearing the Beatitudes (in verses 3-11) as “Blessed are…”  The Greek word used in these verses is makarios, a term which generally refers to one who is happy or fortunate due to their circumstances. The word seems strange in these verses because Jesus is referring to people whose circumstances would be defined by most people as unhappy.



The Body of Christ at Work

by Lauren McDuffie

At Youth Ministry Conversations, we believe you know your group best. This means our resources look a little different than what you may have experienced in the past. We try and create a “buffet” of material so you can choose and pick what works best for your group. You will find ideas, instructions, and possibilities in this packet all related to the theme of “The Body.” How you use them, and how you structure your study is up to you. We hope you enjoy this resource and return in the future to check out other materials.

This Study:

This study will invite students to think about how the church interacts with and responds to justice issues by engaging with the work of several modern theologians and activists. By reading selections from the work of Walter Rauschenbusch, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King, Jr., in conversation with biblical references, the students will consider both the history of the movements in which these faith leaders participated and the contemporary implications for how we as people of faith can be the body of Christ working for justice in the world.

Lessons Included:

1 Blessed are They: Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel Page 4
2 Good News: Howard Thurman + a Theology for the Oppressed Page 10
3 Do Justice: Martin Luther King, Jr., Faith and Civil Rights Page 17

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The Body of Christ is written by Lauren McDuffie

Lauren McDuffie is the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church in Morehead, Ken-tucky.  She was born in a small town in North Carolina, grew up in Memphis, Ten-nessee, and attended both college and divinity school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. As a student Lauren served in ministry with several churches and non-profits, and she also spent time serving as a hospital chaplain. Lauren enjoys read-ing, music, running, yoga, and trips to Kentucky Lake.


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