Being Good & Rules

Q:  What made Jesus mad?
A:  Denied access to the Father. This is something many of the teachers of the law and Pharisees were guilty of.

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 15:8-9).

Sermon preached on November 7, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • Are you a natural “rule-follower” or “rule-breaker?”
  • Why do rules tend to evoke a response of rebellion or self-righteousness? What does that reveal about our sinful human nature?
  • Read Mark 2:1-28. What is the context in this passage? What rules were Jesus being accused of breaking versus what He did in response to those rules? Why did Jesus break these barriers?
  • Continue reading the next passage, read Mark 3:1-6. How did Jesus bringing the man up in front of everyone demonstrate His dignity as a person? How did His questions challenge the religious leaders?
  • Contrast Jesus’ anger in Mark 3:5 with the Pharisees’ anger in Luke 6:11. How are they similar? How are they different?
  • What’s at the core of this week’s study and Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees?
  • How can rules of the church interfere with having a relationship with God?
  • The difference between following Jesus and not following Jesus is…following Jesus. How and where is Jesus calling you to follow Him this week?

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