What have been some times when you realized that outward appearances can be deceiving?
Rev. Bob Smith was leery of “very spiritual people”. What do you think he meant by that?
Read Matthew 6:1-8, 1-18.
Why do you think Jesus was concerned about not making an outward show of our giving, prayers and fasting?
What do you think Jesus means by contrasting earthly and heavenly rewards in this text?
What makes people want to appear to be holy, like they have it all together?
Read Matthew 23:2-12.
What troubled Jesus about the teachers of the law and the pharisees?
What’s wrong with wanting to be honored and respected?
What does Jesus mean in verses 11-12?
What was wrong with Ananias and Sapphira did?
Why do you think God made such a profound example of them?
Why do our motives matter?
Why is it important to remember that our giving, prayers and fasting are not for show?
What makes it difficult not to brag about our gifts and ministries?
What does it mean to put our public images into the hands of God?
What makes it difficult not to do our own public relations?
Why are we willing to trade the praise of humans for the “well done good and faithful servant” from the Lord?
What is God saying to you?
What specific steps do you need to take to apply the truths of these texts?