1.30.2022: Community Group Questions
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Community Group Questions:
1. Read Matthew 5:17-18. What do we learn about the "law" from Jesus in these verses?
2. "Everyone has a boss..." Do you take comfort or are you frustrated by those in authority? Discuss reasons for both. How would you describe the kind of authority Jesus has?
3. The 10 commandments or the law are given to us in Exodus 20. Read Exodus 20:1-2. What does God establish first before giving the law? How are our thoughts about Jesus' words shaped by knowing this about the heart of God?
4. Jesus talks about the "righteousness of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law" as being insufficient for attaining the very thing Jesus requires of us. Why is this? What is it that he requires? How do we act self-righteous at times and what about grace changes our approach to others?