Red Letter Promises – Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Service

Red Letter Promises – Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Service

June 5th, 2016
Dr. Wayne Darbonne

RED LETTER LIVING SCRIPTURE AND QUESTIONS

Matthew 5:27-37

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But
I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already
committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to
stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one
part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if
your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is
better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to
go into hell.

31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a
certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife,
except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and
anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not
break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I
tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s
throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is
the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you
cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply
‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

1. What is your initial response to these verses?

2. In light of the context that Jesus is shaping the hearts of his disciples,
what do you think is Jesus’ point in using exaggerated language?

3. In what ways might these verses be a practical application of Jesus’
summary of the Law (i.e. to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind
and to love your neighbor as yourself, Matthew 22:34-40)?

4. In what ways are Jesus’ words in verses 27-37 both counter-cultural
and difficult?

5. God’s love, grace and ability to redeem any difficult situation in our
lives is at the heart of the good news. Without that, these verses could
easily be interpreted in legalistic or judgmental ways. For example, in the
first century, men could divorce their wives with little or no reason, leaving
them destitute. What does Jesus call his disciples to value in these
verses? In what way is He wanting to (trans)form our heart, soul and
mind?

6. What practical steps can you/we take to live into Jesus’ call here? How
can we pray for one another?