1. This passage is popular and oft-quoted in our day and age. What is Jesus saying in these verses? Why do you think it resonates so much with people today?
2. When we judge others, what are some of the perceived benefits we get? In other words, what are some of our inner motivations for judging others? What are the results?
3. The first aim of the sermon is to help us see ourselves more clearly. What is it like to see ourselves more clearly? What is it like to receive honest feedback from others?
4. When we see negative things about ourselves, the sermon identified self-hatred and avoidance as two improper ways we might respond. Which is more common for you?
5. The second aim of the sermon is to help us see Jesus more clearly. If Jesus is the great spiritual optometrist (who can remove our logs), what is attractive about Him? What makes Him a good option for us to turn to when we identify our own logs?
6. Looking at the Sermon on the Mount as a whole as a picture of Jesus, what can you learn about Him? What confidence can you draw from seeing His character and person in full?
7. How does seeing ourselves and seeing Jesus change how we respond when we are tempted to judge others?
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.