Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 5:27-30
- Read Matthew 5:27-30.
- How does this passage describe what Jesus was talking about in Matt 5:17-20?
- Who gave the teaching, “You shall not commit adultery?”
- How does Jesus see his words in comparison to what was taught?
- What does Jesus liken to adultery in the passage? Why?
- In verses 29-30 Jesus advocates some radical actions. Why do you think he advocates such serious approaches to this sin?
- What is the main point of Jesus’ teaching in this passage? Summarize it in one sentence.
- How does the sin of lust manifest itself in your life particularly?
- What have you done about this sin in the past? Would you say your approach to lust is a serious as you would take adultery? Why or why not?
- Is Jesus suggesting that anyone who struggles with lust is guaranteed eternity in hell? Why or why not?
- Are we to take Jesus’ instructions about lust and our “eyes” and our “right hand” literally? Why or why not? If not, why did he say it?
- Why does Jesus indicate that hell is at stake if we don’t take lust seriously?
- How does the gospel message overcome the sin of lust?
- What do you need to do to address any issues of lust in your heart? In light of the serious actions Jesus advocates, how serious are your intended actions to overcome lust?
- How could you come alongside a brother or sister who is struggling with the sin of lust? How could you encourage them? Pray for them? Hold them accountable?
- Pray for those who will be with us this Sunday who do not know Christ. Pray that our worship and God’s word will convict them of their need for Christ and they will call upon him for mercy.
- Pray for those who will be leading the service this Sunday, that they will edify the church what and how they serve: Dawson Bryant, music; Rob Stouffer, Elders’ prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
- Meditate on the song lyrics for Sunday; listen to them over the weekend in preparing your heart to worship with the congregation.