1. This passage introduces us to some heavy and difficult topics. What is your impression of Jesus' teaching here about adultery, lust, and divorce? Do you agree with the principles that Jesus teaches?
2. What are some of the principles that would summarize the perspective on human sexuality and marriage that Jesus teaches here? Who all do you believe that these principles apply to?
3. Ben described lust as "desiring more and settling for less..." Do you agree with this description of lust? What are some ways in which lust can operate and drive us to settle for less?
4. Ben described the ancient practices of divorce that Jesus would have been confronting. How does this teaching on divorce confront current American cultural norms?
5. How does the heart of God differ from the heart that would pursue lust or divorce? What is God's heart towards his people like?
6. Where is there freedom, good news, or flourishing for you today from this passage?
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.