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Talk Discussion Guide: Jesus Uncensored #4 - Revenge

Posted by Colin Moody on

  1. Describe a time when you ‘turned the other cheek.’ How difficult was this for you?
  2. Read Deuteronomy 19:16-21. What was the intended purpose of this law in the time of Moses? Who had the right to administer proper punishment? How did this Old Testament law prevent personal revenge?
  3. Read Romans 12:17-19. What does this reading say about personal revenge?
  4. Read Matthew 5:38. How did the Pharisees misinterpret the Old Testament law regarding revenge? 

  5. Read Matthew 5:39-42. How would you contrast our natural inclinations with the higher call that Jesus gives?
  6. Which of the four sections of Jesus’ teaching do you find most difficult? a. Release your right to personal dignity (vs.39);                 b. Release your right to cling to comforts (vs.40)                                  c.  Release your right to your own private lifestyle (vs.41);                 d. Release your right to exclusive ownership (vs.42)
  1. How do you ‘go the extra mile’ without others taking advantage of you? Share an example if you can.
  2. Are you more likely to err on the side of being a silent victim or seeking personal revenge? Share an example if you can.
  3. Read 1 Peter 2:21-23. How might the truth of this passage shape your behavior this week?

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