When the Messiah comes, He will judge the world. So then, let judgement begin!
With His sights set on the scribes & Pharisees who've sat themselves in Moses’ seat, judgement, indeed, begins with The House of The Lord. "You guys sure you want to sit there?"
This chapter climaxes the conflict between Jesus and His opposition. They've tried every trick in their bag, yet the Lion remains free. No one takes His life from Him; He will lay it down of His own accord, but only when His Father says it's time.
Do you have the humility necessary to submit yourself to the Lord for judgement? Whether you do or not, two things: 1) you need to, and, 2) it’s coming whether you want to or not.
All the more reason, if you're able, join us in God's Word today, beginning in Matthew 23. This sermon is entitled, "Love Warns".
23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat,3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.11 The greatest among you shall be your servant.12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
life application questions
blue = leaders only
living on mission: Read Matthew 23.1-12.
Who were the two groups Jesus warning? Who or what was He warning them of? The false teaching of the scribes & Pharisees.
What makes a false teacher 'false'? Note carefully how Jesus pointed to their motives in vv4-7.
Where do we find false teaching these days? Not just false *religious* teaching, but false teaching in general: internet, music, radio, school, work, friend, family...
Do you follow any false teachers? "No," will most likely be everyone's response. But then challenge them to consider who they follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Are they people of Truth?
In Matthew 7.1 Jesus says, "Do not judge..." yet clearly He judges the scribes & Pharisees in our passage this week. So apparently there is a time & a place for discernment & judgement (cf. 1Co6.1-5, Jn7.24, 1Th5.14, 1Ti5.20, Ep5.11). So, how can we guard ourselves from false teachers without passing judgement, or can we?
How can you help someone who is teaching or believing a lie?
As a Restore family, how can we protect our community from false teaching?
sharing life together: Has anyone ever led you down a wrong path?
How far down did you go before you realized it was wrong?
What opened your eyes?
How well do you receive correction?
Who corrects you when you’re wrong? Does it frustrate you or elevate you? What would it take for that correction to elevate you rather than frustrate you?
Has anyone in our Restore family helped you live a more truthful life in Christ? testify
growing in truth: Do you have any questions about the passage or sermon?