Matthew 6:1-4

Sermon Outline:

  • Examine the roots of your righteousness
  • Recognize if the root of your righteousness is selfish
  • Desire that the root of your righteousness would be the love of your heavenly Father 
  • Guard the roots of your righteousness by keeping your generosity private

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the main warning Jesus gives us in this passage?
  2. What can we expect from God if we want other people would recognize our good works?
  3. What kind of relationship with God is particularly important to Jesus in this passage?
  4. In what ways does the gospel change our whole view of righteousness?
  5. How does our righteousness depend on our awareness of who God is?
  6. Why is it important to remember that God is the God who sees in secret? 
  7. How does our hope for the future affect our righteousness now?
  8. What does it mean that those who proclaim their righteousness already “have their reward?”
  9. Where in your life might you be tempted to seek the rewards of others for your righteousness?
  10. Do you desire that who you are in private is consistent with who you are in public? 
  11. What tools does God give you to help you to regularly reexamine the roots of your righteousness?