Raising The Bar – Righteousness

Small Group Discussion Guide

Sermon Series: Raising the Bar
Sermon Title:

Break the Ice:

Why do we have a tendency to set the bar for people’s behavior?

  • Say: In the message, Brad challenged us to remember that man’s (rightness) rigtheousness is well below God’s standard. Let’s see in scripture what Jesus says.
Bring the Word: 
  • Read Matthew 5:38-42
    • How was Jesus raising the bar in conduct with one another?
    • What were the four examples he addresses?
  • Read Exodus 21:23-25
    • What was God establishing in the Old Testament?
    • How is Matthew 5 different from Exodus 21?
    • How are Jesus’ direction counter cultural today?
Bring it Home:


A. The Righteousness of God is Higher than the righteousness of mankind.

  • Read Romans 12:19-20
    • What are we not to do when something bad happens to us?
    • We are to leave room for what?
    • In v. 20 when we give drink or food to an enemy, what is the result?
    • How are we to conquer evil?

B. The Righteousness of God embraces suffering

  • Read 1 Peter 2:20-21
    • What happens when you and I endure suffering?
    • What are we called to?
    • Who left us an example of suffering?
  • Read 1 Peter 2:22-23
    • What three “did nots” did Jesus (give us an example) in verses 22-23?
    • What one thing did he “do” (model for us) in verse 23?

C. The Righteousness of God is possible for us, through Christ’s sacrificial death

Read 1 Peter 2:24

What is the promise in the verse for you and me?

How do we return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls?

  • What’s your one compelling take-a-way from our study today?
  • What change do you desire in your life from this study today?
  • Let’s close in prayer.

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