Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
© 2008 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a
tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not
use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager





I. Introduction: Some thoughts to consider as we examine this verse.
    A. Are we supposed to be better than others (II Corinthians 6:14-18,
    Titus 2:11-14, and I Peter 2:9)?
    1. Should this change our attitudes (Colossians 3:10-12; cf.
    Philippians 3:9)?
    2. What is righteousness (Romans 1:16-17; 6:16-21, Proverbs 12:
    28, Proverbs 15:9, Ezekiel 3:20-21, Zephaniah 2:3, Acts 10:35, I
    Corinthians 15:34, and I John 3:7-10)?

    B. Remember not to be self-righteous (Romans 10:1-3 and Galatians 6:
    3), which we’ll talk more of later.

II. Body: Matthew 5:20; We must do better than the Scribes and the
Pharisees which:
    A. Said and did not (Matthew 23:1-4; cf. Deuteronomy 5:1, Romans 2:
    13, and Colossians 1:10).

    B. Sought the praise of men (Matthew 23:5-12; cf. John 12:42-43, I
    Corinthians 3:21, and Galatians 1:10).

    C. They closed the door of salvation (Matthew 23:13; cf. Luke 11:52 and
    Colossians 1:23-29).

    D. Preyed on the weak and made pretentious prayers (Matthew 23:14).
    1. Preying on the weak (Exodus 22:22-24, Matthew 25:31ff., and
    James 1:26-27).
    2. Pretentious prayers (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, Matthew 6:5-8, and I
    Corinthians 14:15-16).

    E. Went to great lengths to convert one to their PARTY and perverted
    them to be twice as bad (Matthew 23:15; cf. Psalms 51:13, I Corinthians
    4:17, and Galatians 3:27).

    F. Showed ignorance in making oaths (Matthew 23:16-22; cf. Matthew 5:
    34-37, James 5:12, and Acts 7:47-49).

    G. Practiced partiality (Matthew 23:23-24; cf. James 2:10, Exodus 24:3,
    Deuteronomy 27:26, Psalms 119:5-6, and I Timothy 5:21).

    H. Appeared religious, but inwardly were corrupt (Matthew 23:25-32; cf.
    Job 13:16; 20:4-5; 27:8, Romans 2:16-29, Titus 1:16, Psalms 69:5, and
    Jeremiah 17:9-10).

    I. Cannot escape the damnation of Hell (Matthew 23:33; cf. Matthew 12:
    34 and Hebrews 3:12-19; 10:26-31).

    J. Persecuted those who preach the truth (Matthew 23:34; cf. Psalms
    79:10 and Luke 18:7).

    K. Sought signs and ignored the obvious (Matthew 12:38-42; cf.
    Matthew 16:1-4, I Corinthians 1:21-22, and II Timothy 2:23).

    L. Sought to teach their ways instead of God’s (Matthew 15:1-14; cf. II
    Timothy 2:14-18, Hebrews 13:9, and I Timothy 1:3-7).

    M. Denied the deity of Jesus (Luke 5:21; cf. Romans 9:5, Hebrews 1:8-9
    [same Greek word in verses 8 and 9], and I John 5:20).

    N. Were self-righteous (Luke 5:27-32; cf. Proverbs 20:6, Isaiah 5:21,
    Ezekiel 33:13, and II Corinthians 10:17-18).

    O. Sought to find fault just to condemn the just (Luke 6:6-11; 11:53-54;
    cf. Mark 12:10-13).

    P. Were of a sure “party spirit” (Acts 23:6-9; cf. Galatians 2:1-5; 5:20
    [heresies]).

    Q. They coveted money (Luke 16:13-15; cf. Proverbs 23:5, Ephesians 5:
    3, I Timothy 6:6-10, and Hebrews 13:5-6).

III. Conclusion: Our righteousness must exceed the lack thereof of the
Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 25:46; I Peter 4:17-19).



© 2008 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool
for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my
work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager
The Sermon On The Mount (Part 5)
Matthew 5:20