What are you looking forward to most about this Thanksgiving? What are you looking forward to least?
Can you think of a story in Scripture that would prove whether or not it is always a sin to be angry?
If murder was the standard for holiness how much would you feel your need for a savior? How does the broadening of this standard of holiness to the category of anger change your felt need for a savior?
Jesus specifically links anger to sinful speech. How has your anger resulted in sinful speech? Tell us about specific forms of speech your anger has taken.
In the sermon, Craig said, “You cannot worship the King publically if you are not loving people privately.” Who are you struggling to love privately? How does this impact your public worship?
What relationship(s) of yours need reconciliation?
What specific help do you need from the Lord to pursue reconciliation with this person or people (courage, forgiveness, patience, opportunity)? Let's pray for these things now!
What about God or the gospel encourages you in the midst of your answers above?
This question is for fun. When it comes to board games or sports, are you more of a rule follower or a rule bender/stretcher? How do family and friends in the “other camp” relate to you? How do you relate to them?
In Matthew 5:17, Jesus addresses the silent conclusion of His disciples, based on what He told them in Matthew 5:1-16; the conclusion that Jesus means to do away with the Law and the Prophets. Why would the disciples come to this conclusion? Do you come to the same conclusion? Explain.
Read Exodus 20:12-17, Romans 13:8-10, and Romans 3:19-20. According to these texts, what three reasons was the law given?
In the sermon, Craig said, “The way we esteem the law is the way we esteem our God.” Do you agree? Explain.
What works righteousness do you need to turn away from? In other words, how are you tempted to fill in the following blank: “I must/canpursue in order ‘be good’ or right with God.” (i.e., family involvement, politics, spiritual disciplines, church or community service, a pure sexual ethic, competenceat work, ethical integrity at school, the giving of money generously, etc.)?
How does your pursuit fall short of God’s standard for meriting favor and fellowship with Him?
How did Jesus fully fulfill (in a way that doesn't fall short) this specific righteousness you pursue? How will trusting in His work help you turn away from trusting in your work?
What will repentance from this works righteousness look like in your life?