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The Extra Mile: Matthew 5:38-42

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The Extra Mile

 

In a world of retaliation and self-protection, what does it look like to follow Jesus when one's security is threatened? How ought Jesus' disciples to turn the other cheek, and go the extra mile?

Listen to this last Sunday’s sermon, and go deeper with the discussion questions below:

Matthew 5:38-42

38You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

39But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil.

    But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

41And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

42Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. If Jesus has not come to abolish the law (Matt 5:17), how should you understand His use of Exodus 21:22-25?
  2. In what ways do we see “an eye for an eye” misused?
  3. What does Jesus mean when He says “do not resist the one who is evil”? Should Jesus’ disciples ever oppose evil? How should you answer this question in light of Jesus’ example, and the full testimony of Scripture?
  4. Why is it worth noting the examples that Jesus has chosen to give?
  5. What might go wrong if we misunderstand His examples?
  6. How might you apply…
    1. Turning the other cheek?
    2. Giving your cloak?
    3. Going the extra mile?
  7. What is your heart’s reaction when someone who is needy asks you for money?
  8. What motivates self-protection instead of grace?
  9. What motivates grace instead of self-protection?