Series: Test Of A Disciple
Title: Being Authentic in a Superficial World
Text: Matthew 6:1-18
In this series, we look at the challenges of being a disciple living in the world with a polar-opposite worldview. The first sermon focuses on the test of being an authentic disciple in a superficial world.
Would you agree that we live in a superficial world? What are some examples you see? What kind of pressure or temptation would a believer face trying to live out his/her faith in such a world?
What is the connection between authenticity and action? What does activity or inactivity say about our faith?
If you could describe an authentic disciple in your own words, what would you say?
What are some signs that believers may be doing spiritual things to seek the approval of man instead of the approval of God?
Jesus challenges His disciples to prioritise God’s lasting reward over man’s temporal praises. Only those who practise spiritual activities with righteous motives and in righteous manners will receive God’s reward. How do you think believers can constantly examine and/or watch their motives?
We live in the age of social media where it is easy and/or tempting to make our lives look better or more impressive than it really is online. How can we resist the pressure to keep up appearances? How can we use the technology of social media to honour God?