TABLE OF CONTENT

PREFACE

Destitute: des·ti·tute /ˈdestiˌt(y)oot/

Adjective

1: lacking something needed or desirable <a lake destitute of fish>

2: lacking possessions and resources; especially: suffering extreme poverty <a destitute old man>

Hurt and pain surround us daily. We face economic turmoil, financial hardships, medical mysteries, and a plethora of global uncertainties that wear and tear on our emotions and spirits. To add to it all, our culture gets busier, more hectic and louder every day. Finding peace can be a daily struggle; remaining hopeful and joyous in times of hardship is increasingly difficult. All the things we have to deal with can leave us feeling destitute, raw, and worn down—like something is missing. Have we lost the part of ourselves that saw life for its potential, for the love it could hold, the happiness that could be shared? Through it all though—all the pain, suffering, and strife—there is a possibility to find that missing piece again, to find peace, contentment and joy, to discover the favor of the destitute.

In this book, Dr. William F. Kumuyi examines one of the most famous sections of one of the best-known sermons in the New Testament—the Beatitudes portion of the Sermon on the Mount. This study explores the lifestyle of “the blessed” modeled in the verses and, through applications, explains how it is possible to live a blessed, joyful life in spite of difficulties and tribulations.

The Beatitudes contain a vast wealth of spiritual principles that go much deeper than their initial value when we first read through them. In looking at the eight of them, initially it is easy to see only a list of people who are blessed and what their blessing is. The meaning, however, is more profound. For example, the meek are “blessed,” but what does that mean? How is it applicable to life today? Is it possible to become a meek person, and why would anyone want to? How is being meek something that leads to living a blessed life?

Through examination of the historical context, meta-phors, literal meanings and examples throughout Scripture, Dr. Kumuyi unpacks each verse, each phrase and explains in depth the richer meaning of all of the Beatitudes.

This study of Matthew in The Broken and the Bankrupt: The Mystery of God’s Favor  examines periods of life to which we can all relate, such as grief and times of hardship. The study also unpacks concepts that can seem more elusive, confusing, or even outdated in today’s culture, such as what it means to be “poor in spirit” or “to hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Dr. Kumuyi explores each concept or idea in the verses carefully and brings it into context for twenty-first century Christians.

The Broken and the Bankrupt emphasizes faith and a relationship with Christ as the central hub through which change occurs. It also stresses a relationship with Christ as the source of spiritual fulfillment. This study meets us where we are in our faith and encourages us to take our spiritual life to the next level.

This book challenges us to become lifelong learners in Christ. The author encourages us as readers to learn and to deepen our walk by teaching others. Humans communicate through stories; sharing our experiences and teaching others what we are learning about ourselves and our walk with Christ helps us grow.

This book calls us to examine our love and passion for God and how our lifestyles and the choices we make reflect those things. This study challenges us to make the tough choices that our faith demands.

In The Broken and the Bankrupt: The Mystery of God’s Favor, Dr. Kumuyi encourages us to become a people of faith, not just when it is convenient or easy but especially during times of difficulty.

This is not a book full of empty promises, a how-to list for joy, or special prayers. It does not contain a list of easy steps to a better life that require little to no effort on our part. Applying the lessons learned from this study to our lives requires action and a willingness to change. Reading The Broken and the Bankrupt is not enough. It provides us with insight, but insight is not enough. There has to be change.

Change is not easy, for anyone, but without it, we never have the opportunity to see what could be different— what could be better. Change is not achievable in just a few days, months, or even years; it is something that has to happen continuously throughout our walk with Christ. There is always something new to learn, always something to change, and always a way to grow deeper in our walk with Him.

The Broken and the Bankrupt: The Mystery of God’s Favor not only explores the model of the blessed life demonstrated in the Beatitudes, but carefully walks us through each verse to show us how, with grace and adjustments made in our lives, we can grow closer to God and achieve a joyful, abundant life.