The Giving Show
“Watch Me Give, Watch Me Nae Nae.” The song-worthy sermon title commenced our study of the portion of the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 6. On Sunday, August 5, 2018, we began our study in Matthew 6:1-4. Do we give? We should. Jesus Christ assumes it. We are saved to do good works to glorify God. Why do we give? Jesus challenges us to examine it. Do our hearts truly seek to impress other people or to glorify God? We cannot do both. Jesus addresses giving to the poor and exposes whether our acts are motivated by self-gratifying hypocrisy or His glory. Giving for the glory of our Father in Heaven leads us to the Father, enhances our image bearing of Him, and in an act of His grace permits us to receive eternal rewards. You can listen to the sermon online, where you can also access our earlier sermons addressing the Sermon on the Mount and blog posts diving deeper on these words of Jesus Christ. Discussion questions for Matthew 6:1-4 are listed below.
The words of Jesus Christ recorded in Matthew 6:1-4 are: (1)-Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. (2)- Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (3)- But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, (4)- so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
1. Why does Jesus assume we will give instead of qualifying if we will give? How does that impact your thinking about giving?
2. Why does it matter if we would like some recognition for giving, so long as we are giving? Why did Jesus make this distinction underlying our motive for giving?
3. Is Jesus saying we should perform acts as children of our Father in heaven out of the public eye, so we can avoid this problem? Hint: The theme of Jesus Christ throughout the Sermon on the Mount is consistent and recurrent. Look at Matthew 5:14-16 and Matthew 6:19-21.
4. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches to give, pray and fast with a heart aligned towards our Father instead of the approval of people. Also take a look at John 5:44 and 12:43. What significance should this teaching have on how we think and act during the time we have left? What concrete application points can we implement now?
5. How do passages like Deuteronomy 15:1-11, Psalm 51:10 and 16-17 and Hosea 6:6 show that while the teaching of Jesus is radical, it is not new? What does that reveal to us about the consistency of Scripture and the streams of themes that permeate the entirety of the Word of God?