The Sermon on the Mount
Matthew Chapter 6
Hypothesis: Our piety bridges the requirements of God’s law and human practice.
- Teaching about Money and Possessions (Matt. 6:19-24)
1. How might this passage address the age-old issue of discipleship in the secular world?
2. How does this passage amplify the dual functions of God’s law: (1) exposing sin which leads to the necessity of righteousness apart from the law and (2) guiding the Christian life?
3. How is Matthew’s version of Jesus’ teaching about money and possession different than Luke’s (Luke 12:32-34)? To what might we assign the differences between the two passages in question?
4. Why do you think Jesus tells his [potential] followers to lay up treasures in heaven? How does Jesus’ statement still impact Christians in the 21st century?
5. From where does Jesus tell his followers that true righteousness come? Do you think Jesus is asking people to blindly trust grace only acquired through faith?
II. Teaching about Worry (Matt. 6:25-34)
1. On what do you think Jesus’ is encouraging us to depend in this section?
2. Do you think Jesus is telling his followers to simply depend wholly on God’s providence in his sayings? Why or why not?
3. If the reality we know is physical scarcity and death (birds and flowers work hard and still die), what principle do you think Jesus is trying to remind us of?
4. Do you think this passage is better viewed as literal or figurative? If figurative how do we apply it to our everyday existence?