Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Sermon Notes Matthew 5:27-32

Sermon Notes Matthew 5:27-32


Scripture: Matthew 5:27-32
Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte
Date: September 17, 2023



Main Idea:

  • The Lord Jesus demands and expects sexual purity and faithfulness of those who follow Him.
    • Matthew 5:20
  • Pattern:
    • You have heard that it was said…
    • But I say to you…


3 Points of Application:

  • True righteousness is not just about what you do, it’s also about what you desire. Guard your heart!
    • James 1:14-16
    • Romans 8:13
  • Remove and run away from anything or anyone that will cause you to sin!
  • Do not try to find in the Bible excuses to justify your sinful behavior. Be faithful and satisfied in God!
    • Deuteronomy 24:1-4






  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.




  • What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  • What parts are the most challenging and why?
  • What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?





27 You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

31 It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


  1. How is sexual purity and faithfulness (both in marriage and singleness) a reflection of God’s love for His people?
  2. In what ways is lustful intent just as damning as the sin of adultery itself?
  3. Why is Jesus so concerned with our thought-life? To that end, in what ways are lust and anger similar? (see Matthew 5:21-22)
  4. In verse 29-30, Jesus describes temptation to sin like a diseased limb that needs to be amputated.
    • What are some radical steps that you have taken to guard yourselves against temptation that you have found helpful?
    • What are some wise steps that you should be taking in light of the seriousness of sin?
    • In this passage, Jesus is using the example of lust. What other temptations might we need to fight with the same seriousness?
  5. When have you tried to use the Bible to find a loophole or justification for your sinful behavior? What did you learn from this experience?