“God asks for perfection; Jesus comes to give us His.”

How do we handle God’s requirement that we be righteous? Typically we try to either build our lives on being good enough, or reject the idea that we should be good in the first place. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses God’s law. He tells us that we can’t ignore it, and that we’ll never live up to it. Instead, he has come to fulfill it in our place, giving us a righteousness deeper than we ever hoped.

Application Questions

1. Where do you struggle with the idea that you are not good enough? How do you handle it?

2. What is your reaction to Jesus raising the bar on how good we need to be (see especially v. 20)?

3. What is your reaction to Jesus fulfilling the law for you by grace? Does your life look more like someone under the law or someone under grace?

4. What do you think obedience looks like if Jesus has fulfilled the law for you? How should his fulfillment of the law shape the Christian lifestyle?

Further Resources

Law and Grace in ‘Les Mis’

The Gospel, The Law, and The Steve Miller Band-Quoting Muslim Cab Driver

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

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

Monday: Romans 3:19-26
Tuesday: Romans 8:1-11
Wednesday: Galatians 2:15-21
Thursday: Galatians 3:1-14
Friday: Philippians 3:1-16

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

Insight:  Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the truth in his Word and how it applies to your life.

Confess: Admit to God where you think you can be good enough on your own.

Wrestle: Work through your thoughts, feelings, and emotions with God in prayer.

Request: Ask God to deepen your understanding of grace  and reveal practical steps you can take.

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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