10-07-17

10-07&08-2017                                                                               Dr. Dale E. Locke & Rev. Trevor Johnston

Series: It’s Alive! Resurrecting Dead Faith                                     Week 1: Walking Dead

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  1. Have you ever pretended to be something or someone you are not (a Halloween costume, actor in a play, interviewed for a job you were not exactly qualified for, etc.)? If so, share how people responded to your ‘pretend’ self, and how it felt.
  2. Read Matthew 23:27 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

Jesus is speaking these words to members of an ancient Jewish sect – the Pharisees – who were distinguished by strict observances of rites and ceremonies of the written law.

Why would Jesus be calling them hypocrites and accusing them of being like whitewashed tombs.

Here are some simple dictionary definitions to help you in your discussion:

Hypocrite = a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion

Whitewash = 1.) to whiten with whitewash 2.) to gloss over or cover up

 

We’re the Walking Dead When..

  • The Outside Doesn’t Look Like the Inside
  1. Note the following similarities between Pharisees and Christians:


Pharisee

Passionate

Loved Scripture

Believed in Miracles

Waited for the Messiah

Morally Upright

Tithed their Income

Shared their Faith

Christian

Passionate

Loved Scripture

Believed in Miracles

Waited for the Messiah

Morally Upright

Tithed their Income

Shared their Faith

 

Talk about how these similarities. How can someone ‘look religious’ but be spiritually dead?

  1. Do you know someone whose outside doesn’t match their insides? How do you know?
  2. Can you tell if YOUR exterior life, or how you portray yourself, matches your interior life? Who could you ask to help you discern any differences?

 

We’re the Walking Dead When..

  • The Walk Doesn’t Match the Talk
  1. When a group of Jewish religious leaders asks Jesus to explain the term ‘neighbor’, he tells a parable to explain how we are called to love our neighbors. Read Luke 10:30-32 – 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 

Talk about why the priest and the Levite passed by the man on the other side of the road. What could have prevented them from being compassionate towards the beaten man? What point was Jesus making by telling this parable to the religious leaders?

  1. Continue the parable by reading Luke 10:33-35 – 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
  2. What would drive the Samaritan to respond to the beaten man the way he did?
  3. What point was Jesus making by using a Samaritan, who were despised and looked down upon by the Jewish people of his day, in his parable?
  4. Can you relate to the priest and Levite? To the Samaritan? To the beaten man? Share your thoughts.

 

We’re the Walking Dead When…

  • We Choose Position over Proximity


  1. Review the similarities shared by both Pharisees and Christians (passionate, love scripture, believe in miracles, waiting for the Messiah, morally upright, tithing income and sharing faith). There is one glaring difference between the Pharisee and the Christian, and it has nothing to do with following a checklist of behaviors, and everything to do with having a relationship with Jesus Christ.

What prevented the Pharisees from being able to see Jesus for who he was in spite of the fact that he was RIGHT in FRONT of them?

  1. Are there areas of your life that you prefer to ‘whitewash’, or fail to recognize as a hindrance to your ability to be fully alive in Christ? Pray with your group for Christ to cleanse you from the inside out and to reveal to you anywhere in your lives that are inauthentic.

One Comment on “10-07-17”

  1. Thanks to all for a wonderful couple of weeks of service to our King! It amazes me all the Body of Christ is doing in His love:)

    Similarly, praying we are not just white-washed and empty, as we genuinely pursue a growing relationship with Jesus and one another.

    Thus, avoiding the “zombie apocalypse” and a bunch of dead people walking. It’s alive!

    Lastly, realizing our need and reliance on HIM in life’s storms. Maybe, our Heavenly Father was talking to us in it all? (Harvey, Irma, Maria= H.I.M.)

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