Sermon Discussion 8-21-22

SERMON ON THE MOUNT | SAWDUST, PEARLS, AND PIGS| MATTHEW 7:1-6

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you have experienced God at work in your life this week?

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Matthew 7:1-6

  • Why is judgmentalism so tempting? 
  • What causes us to be judgemental? 
  • How can we become more merciful and non judgemental? 

Luke 18:9-14

  • How do we judge people according to outward appearances? 
  • What enables us to be confident before God? 
  • Who do you identify with more: the tax collector or the Pharisee? 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: If when we judged others, our real motive was to destroy evil, we should look for evil where it is certain to be found, and that is in our own hearts. But if we are on the lookout for evil in others, our real motive is obviously to justify ourselves, for we are seeking to escape punishment for our own sins by passing judgment on others, and are assuming by implication that the Word of God applies to ourselves in one way, and to others in another. 

  • What is your reaction to this quote? 
  • What are some ways we can first “look for evil” in our own hearts? 

Matthew 7:6

  • How would you restate this verse in your own words? 
  • When is a time you have had to live with discernment about what is right and wrong without being judgmental? 

Closing Prayer.