Hello there. Today is Tuesday, February 19th, 2019. In today’s passage we will discover the offence of misplaced worship. We learn how Jesus responds to hypocrisy and greed. Praise is inherent to the way we were made, but our hearts are easily lead astray (levi the poet). I pray this passage would convict us of our idols, but encourage us to abandon them and seek after God relentlessly. You are loved. You are cherished. You are precious. You are beloved. You are no longer a slave to sin. Praise King Jesus. Evan
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.”17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ On surface level, the vendors are offering a convenient and seemingly loving service, it likely doesn’t appear as wrong to many. Why is it exactly that Jesus does not approve of this? (v16, 1Tim6:5)
_ What makes the Jews question in verse 18 so despicable?
_.What makes the disciples remembrance of “Zeal for my father’s house will consume me” significant to the passage?
_ What is our modern day equivalent of “selling oxen and sheep and pigeons”? How is our consumerism outweighing out true worship?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_How does verse 19 both reveal us of our total depravity, but also encourage us towards ?
_ How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from idolatry and misguided passions?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)