by David Chadwell
To place the class in my personal focus this week:
- Read Matthew 6:1 at least once a day.
- Find moments in the day when you can think about that verse.
- Think of specific instances when a person can do right things for wrong motives.
- Think of specific instances when a person can do right things for right motives.
- What are some specific ways in which we can practice righteousness for the reason of "being noticed" by other people?
- Your wife or husband?
- Your children?
- Your brothers or sisters?
- Your parents?
- Your Christian friends?
- People at church functions?
- People on the job?
- Explain the difference between doing acts of righteousness for the purpose of being noticed by others (Matthew 6:1) and allowing others to see our good works so that our good works will glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
- If a Christian performs acts of righteousness for the purpose of being noticed by other people, while will these deeds not receive any reward from
- Explain the importance of our motives in our deeds.
- In obeying God, is a Christian's motives as important as his or her obedient acts? Explain your answer.
- Example: read and consider Matthew 23:1-7. How does this example illustrate Jesus' statement in Matthew 6:1?
Building a Healthy Faith Study Guide (lesson 1)
Sunday morning young adult Bible class, Summer Quarter 1999
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
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