Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV)
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 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. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
1. What is your initial response to Jesus’ teaching here?
2. What do you think Jesus means by “practicing righteousness?” What forms might that take in our lives?
3. Why might it be important to practice righteousness in our lives? What is it’s purpose?
4. What is the big point Jesus makes about how we are to practice righteousness (and how we are not to practice righteousness)? Why do you think this is important?
5. What are examples of what it might look like to practice righteousness “as the hypocrites do?” What are their motives? What does Jesus say will be their reward?
6. What are examples of how people can practice righteousness in God-honoring ways? What are the results or benefits of this? What practical step do you want to take this week?