Grace Community Church

Deceitful Dialog

Given on November 21, 2021 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 5:31-37

How does our culture view marriage and divorce? How much weight do marriage vows carry today? What do you think are legitimate grounds for divorce? For further study: Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible, David Instone-Brewer, Eerdmans Publishers.
How many oaths have you taken recently? How do you think living in an oral culture with very few written contracts would impact the importance of verbal oaths? Since we are not that type of culture, can we ignore Jesus’ teaching here? What core principle is Jesus driving at?
How have you seen people using words (even religious words) in order to deceive and manipulate others? When are you most tempted to use your words to present an image of yourself or something else that isn’t actually true?
What are people hoping to achieve when they/we embellish or distort the truth? How can we get to the place where our answers are simply truthful – even when that truth is not flattering or beneficial to us? Ask the Lord to point out any areas where you are playing fast and loose with the truth and then ask him to help you to be simply honest!