Monday, March 20, 2017

Personal or Small Group Study of Matthew 6:1-4

For the next few weeks (Monday and Thursday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 


QUESTION: Would you like to have your name on a building? Or be known as someone how gives away lots of money or stuff? 

READ Matthew 6:1-4 
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
QUESTION: Why do you think Jesus is saying we needed to “Watch out”?

There may be nothing wrong with people knowing that you are a giver or having your name on a building but Jesus wants us to be aware of why we are generous.

QUESTION: What does Jesus say are the benefits to keeping our giving secret?

Jesus clearly says the long-term benefits (Being rewarded by God) are better than the short term benefits (Recognized by people). Yet for many, the idea of waiting when you could have recognition and maybe fame now is hard to resist. Also, Jesus is warning against people who are giving who don’t really care about the person getting the gift 

QUESTION: Why do you think Jesus called a person a hypocrite who was giving to be seen by people?

It does seem that Jesus sees no value in giving if you are not truly concerned about the person in need but only about being seen in others. For most people, you may need the help, but being given something from someone who doesn’t care about you doesn’t mean a lot and Jesus calls it being a false person/being a hypocrite. 

CHALLENGE: Do you take up food for the poor? Why are you giving? To be seen? Or because you care for others? Determine not to judge anyone else's giving or try to impress anyone else, do it because you want to help.

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