Lead with Grace

Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanNovember 12, 2023

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Passage: Matthew 7:1

Lead with Grace Summary

  • Jesus packs his core teachings into a very concise Sermon on the Mount - so we must pay attention to every word.
  • He warns against hypocrisy and judgmentalism - the very things Christians are often accused of.
  • Judging rightly is different than having a judgmental spirit. We should listen to Jesus, not get defensive.
  • We have all been forgiven a huge debt by Christ - this should produce humility and grace toward others.
  • A focus on personal holiness can subtly lead to self-righteous judgment of others' sin. We have to remember we are still sinners saved by grace.
  • Jesus says we will be judged in the same way we judge others. This should make us more gracious.
  • Leading with grace, patience, understanding should be the hallmark of Christ-followers.
  • Since judgmental attitudesblind us, we should invite God to show us where self-righteousness lives in us.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you sensed Christians being accused of hypocrisy or judgmental attitudes? What truth might there be in these critiques?
  2. Why do you think a rigorous pursuit of holiness can lead to self-righteousness? How can we avoid this temptation?
  3. How does remembering the grace and mercy God has given you shape your attitude towards those who are still lost or struggling with sin?
  4. Do you think Christians broadly struggle with judgmental attitudes today? What causes this?
  5. What does it look like practically to "lead with grace" toward all people, even those you strongly disagree with?
  6. What tips would you give for recognizing self-righteousness and judgmentalism in ourselves? How can we invite God's light to expose this?
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