June 21, 2020: Speaking of Filters
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Photo filters can change the way we see things and distort images...but other kinds of filters can make pictures more accurate. Which kind do you use? Jump into this discussion about clarity, light, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
- Think of a photograph of yourself that puts you in an unflattering light. Why is it unflattering?
- What do you think about "face filters" for social media? How does this compare to touching up a photograph or using an optical filter in a camera to provide a more appealing light?
- When does filtering cease to be "making a good impression" and become "two-faced"?
- In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses the "filters" that teachers of that day had put on the light of God's Law, specifically the commandments against murder and adultery. As you listen to Jesus pull the filters from the Law in Matthew 5:21-32, what interests you, puzzles you, challenges or otherwise gets your attention?
- What deeper problems about human nature does this unfiltered light expose?
- What do you get to know more deeply about Jesus by hearing this?
- Putting this with the beginning of Jesus' sermon, how is this good news for you?
- Reflecting on this, what do you want to say to people in your household, church, or neighborhood?