As you come together this week to pray and read the Word, here are some reminders and reflections from this week’s sermon.
- What are some of the church needs you’re aware of?
- Who in the church needs your intercession?
- What are you and your loved ones praying for at the moment?
- What wider situations can you pray into?
This week we looked at Luke 20:1-26, where the authority of Jesus Christ is questioned, He gives a stinging parable against the religious elite, and He shows that we ought to submit to our governing authorities, which is actually part of our greater act of submitting to God.
Jesus, our Final Authority
Jesus Christ has proven over and over again that He has the authority of God on earth. As such, the question from the Jewish leaders is disingenuous. We heard how the authority of Christ is perfect, just as is His love.
- Are there things in your life you’re choosing not to submit to the Lord? Why do you think you are better off not submitting them?
- Are there things you have previously tried to hold on to, which you now yield to Christ? If so, consider sharing this with your group. What was the result of your submission?
Misused Religious Authority
Jesus used a parable about the vineyard of Israel to denounce false teachers and bad leaders. As we saw, false teachers are still rampant in the Church today.
- What is our defence against false teaching?
- Discuss things you have learned or been reminded of recently in the Word.
Jesus was asked a trick question regarding giving taxes. He responds that we are to “give back” that which is due, both to the worldly authorities and to God. We discussed our Biblical mandate to be in prayer for the leaders God has set up for us. It may help to re-read Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
- Are you in the habit of praying for your leaders? If not, why not?
Keep Each Other Accountable
How are you keeping up your fellowship with the Lord? Is He your life? Is your walk in submission to God this week, or are there areas that need repentance and prayer?
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Pray for One Another
Share your prayer needs and requests. Commit to pray for one another, not just now but throughout the week.