Grace Community Church

Outside In versus Inside Out

Given on October 24, 2021 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20

How would you describe your relationship with the Old Testament? Non-existent, confusing, illuminating, difficult, superficial? How do you approach the commands of the Old Testament? What role should they have in a Christian’s life today? What criteria do you use when deciding if a certain OT command is applicable to you today?
Why do you think some of Jesus’ audience were thinking he was attempting to “abolish” the Old Testament? What do you think Jesus meant when he said he came to fulfill the “Law and the Prophets”? What do you think it means to “relax/loosen” a command of God? Jesus’ audience would have been absolutely shocked when he stated that their righteousness had to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees in order to enter the kingdom because these two groups were the most religiously educated and meticulous about keeping the commandments. Is Jesus calling us to a more fastidious keeping of the law? How does the rest of the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ strong denunciation of these same two groups in Matthew 23 help us to understand what type of righteousness Jesus desires from us?
Which is easier: external compliance to a list of rules or actual heart transformation? How do we move from outward compliance to inward transformation?