Sermon On The Mount Discussion Guide


Key Text

Matthew 5:6, 9

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.







Unconscious bias is our unintended people preference; it happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. When we don’t recognise how it operates, it can lead to us making incorrect assumptions about people – leading to unfair treatment or discrimination.
Applying Christian discipleship principles of self-examination, humility and seeking the good of others can help us to recognise and adjust our thinking to be more inclusive.


What experience have you had of assumptions being made about you, or have seen affect others?
Think of dealings with authority, at work, in your friendship groups, at church.
What impact has that had on you or the people affected?



Matthew 5:6, 9

Luke 18:9-14

1. Which words or phrases stand out to you?

2. How does understanding the context of these passages help us understand its meaning?



  1. What core discipleship practices would be helpful in dealing with our own unconscious bias?
  2. What one thing could we do to build a church community that values individuality and difference?



Scripture Reading: Throughout Lent, we’re encouraging everyone to read through Matthew – follow along with the YouVersion reading plan and PDF reading plan. Why not take turns in your community by adding a short commentary each day on your WhatsApp group?


Cover (pray)

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.