Welcome to week 3 of our latest series, “Inside Out: Being Real in a Fake World.” This week, we continue looking at Jesus’s reaction to hypocrisy by exploring Luke 12.
- What is the first lie you remember telling (or getting caught in)?
- What is the difference (if there is one) between hypocrisy and lying?
- Do you think there is a connection to hypocrisy and social media? What makes you say that?
BIBLE ENGAGMENT – LUKE 12:1-3
CONTEXT: Chapter 11 closed with Jesus eating dinner at a Pharisees house. The host commented on Jesus not ceremonially washing his hands before the meal, and it set Jesus off! What followed was a long list of woes and warnings directed at the religious leaders. Chapter 11 ends with these words. “53 When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, 54 waiting to catch him in something he might say.”
12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[a] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
BIBLE ENGAGMENT QUESTIONS
- What stands out to you from this text?
- What questions does it raise?
- What do we learn about Jesus (his personality, priorities, practices, etc) from this text?
HOW TO BE A HYPOCRITE
On Sunday, Pastor Chris gave us three things that can lead us down a road to hypocrisy. He jokingly called it “How to Become a Hypocrite.” So how do we become hypocrites…here are 3 ways
- Deflect Criticism and Blame Others for Your Mistakes
- Believe the First Lie (The lie you tell yourself to justify and continue justifying your actions)
- Keep Secrets
- Which of these is the most dangerous (aka the most likely to fall into) for you? What makes you say that?
HOW TO GET RID OF HYPOCRISTY AND LIVE IN FREEDOM
Just as Pastor Chris gave us 3 ways to become a hypocrite, he also provided us 3 ways to get rid of hypocrisy and live in freedom. They are . . .
- Admit your sin and own your mistakes
- Believe the hard truth (you can’t EARN God’s forgiveness)
- Keep no secrets (personally)
- Which of these is the hardest for you to do? What makes you say that?
- Respond to the following quote: “There is something freeing about not living with secrets.” Do you agree or disagree? What makes you say that?
- Is there anyone in your life that you can trust as an accountability partner?
CLOSE IN PRAYER- Before you pray, reflect on the following questions.
- Is there a lie I am believing?
- Is there someone I can put in my life for accountability?
- Is there a secret that I am holding on to?