The question “How do you respond to what Jesus says in Mt. 5:17–20?” is likely to leave people wondering what kind of response you’re looking for. An emotional response? An opinion about the truth or falsehood of Jesus’ statement? A personal application? You should specify: “What feelings does Jesus’ statement in Mt. 5:17–20 evoke in you?” Or, “In what ways is this paragraph relevant to us since we do not live under the Jewish law?”
Discipleship Journal, Issue 130 (July/August 2002) (NavPress, 2002).