• Matthew 5:43-48

    Kevin Thompson

    December 16, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What are some ways we can love those who oppose us?
    2. How do (or what do) we pray for someone who persecutes us?
    3. How does praying for someone change how we feel about him/her?
    4. Besides the sunrise and rain, what are some other examples of common grace?
    5. Name one thing you can do this week for someone who opposes you.

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  • Matthew 5:38-42

    Kevin Thompson

    December 9, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Retaliation is a natural human instinct, why do you think this is so?
    2. How does the feeling of "right and wrong" prove the existence of God?
    3. How is an "eye for an eye" a restriction on retaliation?
    4. How would marriage be different if we didn't retaliate?
    5. Explain the difference between "my rights" and "what is right?"

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  • Matthew 5:33-37

    Ed Saucier

    December 2, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What do you say to prove to others you are telling the truth?
    2. Describe a time in which you told the grace-filled truth and now regret it.
    3. How many times have you not told the truth and regretted it?
    4. How does the command of Jesus differ from our natural instinct? Why is his way better?
    5. How does sin make Christmas more complex?

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  • Matthew 5:31-32

    Kevin Thompson

    November 25, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What Jesus' intent in this passage?
    2. How do the teachings of Jesus on lust and adultery influence our understanding of this passage?
    3. What is a proper response by the church to divorce?
    4. Why are the consequences of sin most often felt within a family?
    5. What is the hope of this passage?

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  • Matthew 5:27-30

    Kevin Thompson

    November 18, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What is the difference between natural attraction and lust?
    2. How do we know verses 28-30 are hyperbole and not literal?
    3. What are some ways we can flee from temptation?
    4. What are some ways we can fight temptation?
    5. How does lust remind us of God's love?

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  • Matthew 5:23-26

    Ed Saucier

    November 11, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Without naming names, describe a situation where someone had "something against you."
    2. What is the relationship between anger and broken relationships?
    3. Why is Jesus more concerned about the relationship than the issue?
    4. Jesus said "be reconciled." How do we do that?
    5. How do the beatitudes guide us in reconciliation?

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  • Matthew 5:21-22

    Kevin Thompson

    November 4, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. How do you define anger?
    2. Why do you think we often choose to harbor anger?
    3. In light of verse 22, how does anger put us in a "bind"?
    4. What process can we use to help us deal with our anger?
    5. How can the Gospel help us manage our anger?
    6. Why is anger dangerous?

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  • Matthew 5:17-20

    Ed Saucier

    October 28, 2012

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Which heresy do you align with more: believing your actions save you or believing your actions don't matter? Why?
    2. Describe ways you have sought "technical obedience" to God rather than full obedience?
    3. How does the Cross prove that although our actions can't save us, they do matter?
    4. How did Jesus fulfill the Law and the Prophets? What is our responsibility to God's law today?

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  • Matthew 5:13-16

    Kevin Thompson

    October 21, 2014

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. How is faith private? How is it public?
    2. What are some ways you can be salt in your family and community?
    3. What are some ways you can be light in your family and community?
    4. Do you believe the world is getting darker? If so, how are you getting brighter?
    5. What does the private/public nature of marriage teach us about faith?

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