Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 12, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Matthew 5,
- MONDAY: Matthew 6,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 7,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 27,
- THURSDAY: Mark 15,
- FRIDAY: Luke 23,
- SATURDAY: John 19,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Take it Up a Notch Sermon Title: A New View of Judging Others
Delivered On: July 5, 2015
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" ([bible]Matthew 7:1-2[/bible])
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the reality of your heart as it relates to other people. Are you gossiping? Are you critical in your spirit toward others while lacking loving concern? Are you rejecting people because of mistakes they have made? Now, ask the Lord to reveal to you people He wants you to gently confront for the purpose of restoration as an expression of love.
Self-Exam: Be aware of the way you think and talk about others this week. If you find yourself slipping, ask the Lord for forgiveness and the strength to live in a new way. If you have hurt another person, ask them to forgive you. If you know someone who is not making godly choices in their life, pray for them (check your heart), and then gently restore them.
Small Group Discussion
What is one thing you heard in the sermon or read in the Scriptures that encouraged, inspired, or challenged you? Explain.
Jesus gives us a clear command in Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Why do you think our judging others matters to God?
In the sermon we talked about different examples of a judgmental attitude. Which of these examples do you think is most common in our world? With which of these examples do you tend to struggle?
Describe a time you felt judged by someone else. How did it impact you? How did it impact your relationship with that person?
Imagine you are gently confronting another person in order to help them turn back to the Lord, and their response is, “The Bible teaches that you have no right to judge me.” How would you respond?
How would you describe the difference between judging another person and providing biblical correction?
Do you tend to be willing to correct others? Or, do you tend to shy away from confronting the sin in the lives of other people? Which is your tendency and why?
What are the risks associated with correcting another person? What are the potential rewards?
Do you tend to be open to correction? Explain. What is the best way for others to confront or correct you?
What is one practical way you can apply the teaching of Matthew 7:1-6 to your life this week?