Sermon Application Questions
- We see in our text that as with anger (5:21-26), lust (5:27-30), and divorce (5:31-32), the scribes and Pharisees once again distort the holy teaching of the Mosaic law regarding oaths and vows as a cloak to cover their sin. How did their oath-taking give them cover for deceit and falsehood?
- Does Jesus prohibit all forms of oath taking in (5:34)?
- Look up the following verses and list those who made oaths or who swore by an oath under the New Covenant:
Matt. 26:63-64 ____________________________________
2 Cor. 1:23 ____________________________________
Heb. 6:13-14,17 ____________________________________
- Since oath-taking is proper and good under certain situations what is the main point Jesus is seeking to make when He says, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’”?
- Why is lying and deception such a serious offense to God? Consider the following verses in your answer: (Gen. 3:1-5; 1 Tim. 2:14; John 8:44; Rev. 21:8).
- In Pastor Flip’s book, Five Half-Truths: Addressing The Most Common Misconceptions of Christianity he writes, “Today’s dishonesty is delivered in an assortment of shapes and sizes.” Using the 5 "shapes and sizes" of lies provided in his book, discuss specific ways in which we may lie…
- Truth Stretched! (Exaggeration)
- A Promise Broken!
- A Fib! (A little white lie)
- A Bold-Faced Lie!