Week of 9/10/2017


Week 2 - Don’t Sucker Punch the Hypocrite 

Talking through the message during the week helps you and your group turn what God is saying to you into action steps. Begin with the key questions, add any optional scriptures and questions if needed, and then wrap up by deciding on your next steps.  

Main Idea

You can have a heart for religion, yet your religion can have no heart.   

Read Luke 18:9-10  

Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: ‘Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give You a tenth of my income.’ (NLT) 

Key Questions

  • Has there ever been a time when you saw someone doing something and said to yourself “I’m better than them”? Has anyone ever given you the attitude that they believe they are better then you?  

  • Why do we sometimes feel the need to put on an act around other people? 

Read Luke 18:13-14  

But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ (NLT) 

  • Pastor Said “God Listens to our lips but hears our hearts.” Why is that so important in our personal relationship with God?  

  • How do we let others action distract us and take away our own authenticity? 

Next Steps: 

  • As you go throughout this week remind yourself that you are a hypocrite. Allow your attitude to reflect compassion and love towards others.