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Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:1-6

Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:1-6

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6 

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte 

Date: November 12, 2023 

 

 

SERMON OUTLINE 

 

Main Point: 

  • Be fair and gracious in your judgments, always rejecting religious or moral hypocrisy, but without compromising the truth.

 

 

3 Practical Points:  

  1. Be fair and gracious!
  2. Matthew 7:1-2

 

 

  1. Do not be hypocritical!
  2. Matthew 7:3-5

 

 

  1. Do not compromise the truth!
  2. Matthew 7:6
  3. Philippians 3:2
  4. 2 Peter 2:22
  5. The church’s job is to not to conform Christ to men, but men to Christ.” Dorothy Sayers. 

  

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

LEADER’S NOTES: 

  1. The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  2. There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  3. 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 7:1-6 

1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 

 

6 Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. 

 

  1. What are some of the ways you have found yourselves judging others unfairly? Why do you think this is such a struggle so many?

 

  1. Verses 1-2 talk about being judged by the same standard we use for others. 
  • How should this impact the way we assess our own actions and attitudes?
  • How should this impact the way we assess others?

 

  1. What is the difference between making a judgment and being judgmental? How can we discern this difference in our own lives?

 

  1. How does examining your own faults before addressing someone else’s (the speck and plank) contribute to spiritual growth and better relationships?
  2. What are some effective ways to offer constructive feedback that aligns with what Jesus is teaching in this passage?

 

  1. How can we cultivate empathy and understanding rather than judgment when we encounter someone whose actions or choices are different from our own?

 

  1. Jesus mentions not throwing your pearls to pigs. How do we discern when it is appropriate to offer correction or wisdom to others, and when it might be best to refrain?

 

  1. How can prayer and spiritual discernment help us when we feel the need to address someone else’s faults or when we face criticism ourselves?