- God wants to transform us from rigid rule keeping to righteousness (v.23).
- Why does the form of righteousness not accomplish the function of righteousness?
- How can we avoid the temptation to center in on forms rather than function?
- God wants to transform our perspective to see the big picture (v.24).
- In what sense do Pharisees strain gnats and swallow camels?
- How can we make sure that we are not blind to what is important?
- God doesn’t want externals. He longs to transform us from within (v.25-26).
- What is wrong with doing righteous deeds to be seen by men?
- How can God accomplish His transformation within our lives?
- God wants to transform us from appearing pure to being pure (v.27).
- Why is the external appearance of purity insufficient?
- How does internal purity have more to do with function than form?
- God wants to transform us from hypocrisy to genuine purity (v.28).
- What is hypocritical about form keeping?
- How can purity result from centering in on the function of following Jesus?
Lesson Aim: To prioritize our lives so that we are focused on the functions of righteous living and are not distracted by keeping forms.