August 17, 2014
This week’s study is on
‘Oaths, Contracts and Promises’.
Why do we have ‘Oaths, Contracts and Promises’ in our world today?
What is their intended purpose?
How effective are they?
1. Read Matthew 5:33-37.
Think about the essence of what Jesus is saying and then share with your group
Discuss Jesus’ words ‘Just a simple ‘yes I will’ or ‘no I won’t’ v.37a and why that should be enough.
What are some of the phrases we say today to add emphasis that we are telling the truth? Eg. ‘This is the honest truth’, ‘…. 100% true’ or ‘…. I promise’ etc.
Ask yourself the question ‘Do we need to add these if we are telling the truth all the time or does the need to say these or similar suggest otherwise?’
2. Let’s now look at what the writer of Hebrews says about God in this regard.
Read Hebrews 6:13-20.
· In verse 18a what are the two things mentioned here. See also Numbers 23:19.
· Because of these what assurance does it give to us as believers? v.17 & 18b.
· Because of God’s promise and oath what does it give for our souls? Discuss in your group what that means. How important it is and the difference it makes.
‘These two unchangeable things are God’s promise and His oath. God embodies all truth; therefore he cannot lie. Because God is truth, you can be secure in his promises. You don’t need to wonder if he will change his pans. Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship’s anchor holds firmly to the seabed.’ *
3. Read Ephesians 4:15.
When others interact with you do they see you as a person of your word who does what you say you will do?
When we have not been all we should be and let others down what action should we take? See James 5:16.
Keeping these things in mind let’s consider our Aussie way of saying the opposite to what we really mean. Is it ok as long as others know what we really mean?
‘Always be honest so that others will believe your simple yes or no. By avoiding lies, half-truths and omissions of the truth, you will become known as a trustworthy person.’ *
* Footnote taken from the ‘Life Application Study