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Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:1-4

Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:1-4

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

Scripture: Matthew 6:1-4 

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte 

Date: October 15. 2023 

 

SERMON OUTLINE 

 

Main Idea: 

  • The practice of true righteousness is living for the pleasure of God and not for the praise of the people.  
    • John 5:44 
    • John 12:43 

 

Two Points: 

1. Jesus expects you to give. Give generously and honor God through your giving!  

  1. 2 Cor 8:9
  2. 2 Cor 8:4-5 
  3. “For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.” Romans 15:27

 

2. God blesses obedience. Trust God’s gracious promise!  

  1. Matthew 5:4 
  2. Acts 4:36-37; Acts 5:1-4 

 

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: 

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

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

 

READ MATTHEW 6:1-4 

1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 

 

2 Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

 

  1. READ MATTHEW 5:16. What is the difference between letting others see our good works (Matt. 5:16) and NOT practicing our righteousness to be seen by others (Matt. 6:1)?
  2. What are some practical ways that you can “practice your righteousness” in a way that brings glory to God and not yourself?
  3. What do you see as the major differences between the rewards that the “hypocrites” were after and the rewards that Jesus promises? Why are these rewards mutually exclusive?
  4. What are some modern examples of what it looks like to sound the trumpet when we are “practicing our righteousness” before others? How have you found yourself struggling with this temptation?
  5. Jesus emphasizes the power of secrecy in our generosity to prevent us from becoming like these hypocrites. 
    • What might it look like, practically, to “not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing”? 

 

How can we reconcile this secrecy with the giving that we see in places like Acts 4:34-35 (which seems to have been a public thing)?

In Matthew 6:5-6 and Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus gives two other examples of performing “righteousness” in a way that shines the light on us and not on God (prayer & fasting). 

  • How does making these practices a performance cheapen (or even ruin) what God intended them to be? 
  • What are some other religious practices that we have a tendency to turn into a performance? How can we combat this tendency?