Relationship Matter (Matthew 5:21-32)


Application Questions

1. Do you agree that love for God and people is the standard of righteousness required to enter heaven? (Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 5:20) Why or why not? How do we obtain this love?

2. What things incite you to anger (v. 22)? Do you think this is righteous indignation or selfish anger? How do you respond? How is Jesus relating anger to murder?

3. Verses 23-24 call us to self-examination. Is there someone I've offended? Is there a wall between me and my brother or sister in Christ? Why do you think the Lord wants us to deal with this before bringing our "gift to the altar"?

4. In verses 27-30, Jesus teaches us to deal severely with the internal causes of our offenses. Compare this with Galatians 5:24-26 and Romans 8:12-13. Ask the Lord to show you any areas of your flesh that He would have you crucify and to give you the power by His Spirit to do it.

5. What factors most threaten marriage today? How can a husband and wife harden their hearts to each other? If you are married, what can you do to protect your marriage and ensure that your love lasts for a lifetime?

How Righteous Must You Be? (Matthew 5:17-20)

Application Questions (Matthew 5:17-20)
1. Describe your life experience with "rules" both biblical and from people. How has that affected your relationship with God?

2. Define the extremes of legalism and antinomianism (feel free to look them up in the dictionary). Where do you lie on the spectrum? Why? What are a couple of your "non-negotiable" rules?

3. Name all the ways you can think of that Jesus has fulfilled the Law and the Prophets. Read Isaiah 53. What does this add to your understanding?

4. The moral commandments of the Old Testament include loving God, loving your neighbor and keeping the Ten Commandments (with the exception of the Sabbath). Other laws are either ceremonial or governed the sacrificial system of worship. How are you doing at keeping and teaching the moral commandments in the Old Testament (v. 19)?

5. How was the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees insufficient? Explain how we can have a righteousness that exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees and grants our entry into the kingdom of heaven. Are you trusting in this righteousness? What comfort does Jude 24-25 bring you?