"The Panorama of the Greatness of God is found in the Bible" - Continued
February 1, 2015 Series: Follow Me
Passage: Matthew 5:17–5:21
“Do not suppose that I came to undermine the authority of the OT scriptures, and in particular the law of Moses. I did not come to set them aside but to bring into reality that to which they pointed forward. I tell you truly: the law, down to its smallest details, is as permanent as heaven and earth and will never lose its significance; on the contrary, all that it points forward to will in fact become a reality (and is now doing so in my ministry). So anyone who treats even the most insignificant of the commandments of the law as of no value and teaches other people to belittle them is an unworthy representative of the new regime, while anyone who takes them seriously in word and deed will be a true member of God’s kingdom. “But do not imagine that simply keeping all those rules will bring salvation. For I tell you truly: it is only those whose righteousness of life goes far beyond the old policy of literal rule-keeping which the scribes and Pharisees represent who will prove to be God’s true people in this era of fulfillment.”
-R.T. France paraphrase, Matthew 5:17-20
1. The Bible is a supernatural book, Matthew 5:17-21; 1 Corinthians 2:9-15.
2. Jesus is the answer to the riddle of the Bible, He interprets the Bible, Matthew 5:17-21; Hebrews 1:1-3.
3. Jesus is the point of the OT; and He is the point of the NT, Matthew 5:17-21; John 5:39; Luke 24; Acts 2.
4. History will end - it gets accomplished! We should be interested in where things are going, Matthew 5:17-21.
5. The Bible tells us that perfection is the expectation, Matthew 5:20; 5:48.
6. Oh, be careful what you do and teach.
Community Group Discussion Questions
1. How has the Bible transformed you?
2. Why is it hard to read the Bible Christologically? What does Christological mean?
3. What makes perfection so hard? How does it feel knowing that is God's expectation?
4. What verses support the supernatural character of the Bible?
5. What commitments have you recently made to read, study, pray, memorize, meditate and listen to the Bible?
6. How does knowing the end will come, that everything of value to this world will go away, and that only the things done for Christ will last, affect your decisions? Your checkbook?
7. God’s plan requires deeds and words, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; Matthew 10:33; Luke 9:26; 2 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; Mark 8:38.
8. God’s plan requires that we be known for our counter culture lives and attitudes NOT our fortresses, self-righteousness, accommodation or tolerance, Ephesians 5:1-21; John 8:12; Revelation 1-3.
9. God’s plan requires us to intentionally engage and be salt and light. My actions steps for 2015: