Tossing Tables

Don’t focus on what makes us mad, but rather what made Jesus mad!

Jesus always knows exactly what he’s going to do, when he’s going to do it, and how he’s going to do it.

Why is Jesus mad?

  • The religious leaders have turned God’s House into a lucrative meat market.
  • The religious people who were supposedly representing God were actually keeping people from knowing God.

There is nothing we can do to earn more of God’s love.

Does what made Jesus mad…make us mad? Are we walking with Jesus and helping other people do the same?

Sermon preached on October 24, 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. If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • We don’t often know what to do with Jesus’ righteous anger. Have you ever thought about Jesus being angry? What does righteous anger mean?
  • Read Mark 11:15-18. How had the religious leaders misused the Temple’s layout to create a social hierarchy and how had they turned it into a “den of thieves”?
  • Verses like Mark 11:15-18 show a side of Jesus that makes some people uncomfortable, but they give us clear pictures about what matters most to God. What is this story showing us that matters to God?
  • In Jesus’ day, religious people had a tendency to make outsiders feel unwelcome in the presence of God and it aggravated Jesus to no end. Religious people value rules over relationships. In what ways have you seen that happen? What kind of rules did Jesus break to build relationships? For further discussion – Read and discuss Luke 13:10-17.
  • Jesus has an unrelenting heart for people who are far from God. How can we help remove barriers so that people can move closer to Jesus?
  • This week, reflect on this question – Does what make Jesus mad, make me mad?

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