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Word One Bible Study: Epiphany 7 Gospel

Text: Matthew 5:38-48 for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Series A

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Participants will:
Understand the foolishness of our attempt to keep the Law.
Understand that Christ has fulfilled the Law on our behalf.

Materials Needed

Group Guidelines
Break into groups of 6-8. The person with the youngest sibling is the leader for this study. The leader is to keep everyone moving through the study and to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate.

Building Community
1.Have each participant answer the question: Would you rather be blind, deaf or lame? Why?
2.Have participants tell about the most foolish thing they've ever done in public.

Looking at God's Word
1.Tell about a time that you tried to pay someone back for something they did to/for you. It may be good or bad.
2.Read Matthew 5:38-48.
3.Many people have read the phrase "eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth" and have taken it to mean that we are to seek revenge or vengeance to those who sin. According to Numbers 31:3, Isaiah 61:2 and Ezekiel 25:14-17, to whom does vengeance belong?
4.How instead are we to respond to those who wrong us?
5.Jesus, in fact, gives us a very difficult command. He gives this same direction to the rich young man in Matthew 19:16-23. Read this section and tell why this command is so difficult for you personally.
6.What promise is made by Jesus in Matthew 19:25-26?
7.Verse 48 commands us to be perfect, a standard that we are unable to live up to. How do 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Philippians 3:12 reassure us?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
1.Have participants list ways in which they can show love to those who are difficult to love.
2.Have participants share other favorite verses from Scripture that reassures them about God's promise of salvation.

Have participants pair up with another person. Give them a few minutes to pray for each other and a specific enemy that they need God's help in dealing with.


Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 11, 1998.

Updated for thESource in February 2014

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