“Instead of looking for loopholes (i.e. how “close to the line” we can get), because of the work of Christ to redeem us we should be people of integrity who live above reproach for the glory of God.”

The Pharisees were fixated on finding “loopholes” to the rules of God’s Word. They weren’t concerned about obeying and following God from their hearts, they were focused on doing what they were “supposed to” in an external way, but their hearts were far from Him. God calls us to something radically different in Christ- to be people who are so enraptured with what Jesus has done for us that we live a life of integrity for His glory.

Application Questions

1. What are ways that you look for loopholes in your obedience instead of seeking to love and follow God?

2. How do you see in your life ways that you are looking to get away with something rather than looking to love and care for people?

3. How does Christ treat us differently in the gospel than we often treat others?

4. What would a life of integrity look like in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?

Further Resources

Resources on Divorce and Remarriage

The Character of the Christian: Above Reproach (article)

Redeemed by His Blood (article)

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: Matthew 23:1-12
Tuesday: Matthew 23:13-15
Wednesday: Matthew 23:16-22
Thursday: Matthew 23:23-28
Friday: Matthew 23:29-36

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to show you ways in your life that you are not living with integrity.

Confess: Confess Areas of sin where you have not lived above reproach.

Wrestle: Find your sin absolved and your heart transformed in a Savior who loves you perfectly.

Request: Ask God to continue to grow and transform you into the man or woman of God He has called you to be.

Matt Kleinhans

Matt serves Cornerstone by overseeing Family Ministries.

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