Tradition & Sabbath Healing

People are more important to Jesus than any tradition. When Jesus saw that the tradition of the Sabbath was more important to the Pharisees than people, he got mad. Jesus is willing to do anything for us to know how much God loves us.

Sermon preached on November 14, 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:

  • What makes a tradition a tradition? When you think of traditions, do you think of them normally as positive or negative?
  • Read Exodus 20:8-11 and Mark 2:23-28. What is the Sabbath and what was it meant for? Why were the Pharisees so concerned with the Sabbath? What was Jesus’ response to the Sabbath?
  • The Sabbath is important and even now we should practice a day of rest. What was the problem with how the Pharisees were observing the Sabbath?
  • Read Mark 3:1-6. What was the motive of the Pharisees concerning Jesus and the Sabbath? (v.2 & v. 6). The Pharisees were trying to see if Jesus would abuse the Sabbath, but in reality it was the Pharisees. How were the Pharisees abusing the Sabbath?
  • Why was Jesus angry? How did the Pharisees take the Sabbath as a blessing from God and turn it into a tradition that angered Jesus?
  • What makes Jesus mad? When tradition becomes more important than people. Jesus asked the Pharisees in verse 4 if it was better “to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” The Pharisees couldn’t answer because their tradition blinded them from ministering to people. In what way is this applicable for the church today? How might Christians be blinded by their tradition and miss interacting with people?
  • What mindset adjustment might you have to make so more people can encounter Jesus?

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