Sermon On The Mount Discussion Guide
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
In this new section within the sermon on the mount, Jesus interrupts our thoughts as disciples and shows us how his teaching and his ways can heal us if we follow him. There are at least 3 interruptions in 5:21-26. Given in pairs they are about:
1. Reframes & Roots
2. Process & Practices
3. Forgiveness & Freedom.
Jesus asserts that faith in him is required to practice obedience and be a true disciple. His ways are better but not often easier.
The promise is that Jesus can break every chain and every vicious cycle-even that of anger. The pain and shame of these hidden places, with darker emotions, can birth new stories of grace if we let Jesus lead us through them.
What is something which caused you to become irritated or angry this week?
What pay offs could anger be giving that encourages you to hold on to it?
1. Which words or phrases stand out to you?
2. How does understanding the context of these passages help us understand its meaning?
- How does Jesus reframe the traditional application of God’s law? Why is this significant?
- What have been your most meaningful experiences around the Lord’s table?
- Is reconciliation a major part of your practice as a Christian?
Scripture Reading: Here is a 90 day reading plan through all four Gospels. Download the YouVersion app and select to do this plan “with friends.” Once you invite members from your community to join you, you can all track together with the plan and save notes, questions, and comments on passages – why not take turns in adding a short commentary each day?
If you’re not there already, break into small groups and pray for what the Holy Spirit is putting on your heart. Don’t rush, but enjoy being in His presence together. Pray encouragement and blessing on one another, as you ponder what God is saying.