When Hypocrisy Gets in the Way

Hypocrisy made Jesus mad because it kept people from him — which also kept people out of Heaven.

How can fight hypocrisy in our own lives?

  1. Err on the side of grace.
  2. Live relationally with Jesus.

Sermon preached on October 31, 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:

  • Do you think hypocrisy is a choice, or is it the result of expectations? Why?
  • Read Matthew 23:1-30. Let’s look at this text through three lenses. What is Jesus’ message to the disciples? What is Jesus’ message to the Pharisees? What is Jesus’ message to us?
  • In Tim Harlow’s book, What Made Jesus Mad?, he writes, “If you can’t see yourself, you’ll never fix yourself.” Why is self-awareness important in our fight against hypocrisy? Why is honesty an important part of spiritual growth?
  • Let’s look at Matthew 23:13 again. How does hypocrisy keep people from Jesus? When have you seen examples of this in today’s church culture? For further discussion – How does hypocrisy conflict with Jesus’ mission? How is hypocrisy a distraction from God?
  • In Matthew 23, how would you describe Jesus’ anger? What are some adjustments followers of Jesus need to make to be more authentic?
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • Visually think of looking into a spiritual mirror – what do you see? Am I authentically following Jesus? What adjustments do I need to make this week?

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