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Sermon Notes – Matthew 5:38-48

Sermon Notes – Matthew 5:38-48

Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: October 8, 2023

 

SERMON OUTLINE

 

Main Point:

In light of insults, criticism, and injustices: trust God, act humbly, and love all.

 

Practical Points:

Refuse to answer evil with evil. Do not let the sin of others lead you to sin.

  • Romans 12:17-21.

When you experience insults, criticism, and injustice, respond with a humility that glorifies God.

  • Matthew 26:67-68
  • Genesis 4:23-24
  • 1 Peter 2:23
  • Exodus 22:25-27

 

As disciples of Christ, we are supposed to love others the way God has loved us in Christ. Love all people!

  • Leviticus 19:18

 

Love your enemies:

Speak well of them.

Pray for them.

Extend grace to them.

  • 1 John 3:2-3
  • 1 John 4:7-8
  • 1 John 4:19-20

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

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.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

 

  • 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?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ MATTHEW 5:38-48

 

38 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

  • How does refusing to retaliate against others (or refusing to seek vengeance) put the gospel on display?
  • Have you experienced resistance to this teaching of Jesus? If so, why do you think that is?
  • It is easy to think of all the ways that people would take advantage of us if we truly lived this way. But what do you think some of the benefits would be if we had this kind of extreme commitment to showing grace and mercy to others?

 

43 You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

  • What are some examples of how Jesus and the Apostles lived out verse 44?
  • How does their example inspire you to consider ways that you can live this way as well?
  • What might this look like on a practical level?
  • How does the kind of love that Jesus calls us to in this passage set Christians apart from the rest of the world?
  • How does this impact the way you think of applying this passage to your own life?
  • When have you witnessed or experienced this kind of radical love and forgiveness in the lives of other Christians?
  • How did that impact your view of God?
  • How did it impact your own walk with Jesus?
  • What are some examples of times that you have struggled to live like this? What did you learn from those experiences?
  • How does this passage encourage you to be more loving to difficult people this week?