Here are a few questions to get the conversation going at home group this week.
- What questions did you have during or after the sermon? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
- What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
- What are some of the ways we naturally think about how power and authority should be used (irreligious and religious)? How does Jesus utilize his power and authority as the king?
- Christians in the Western world have long enjoyed the privileges of being mainstream and culturally dominant. What impact does this have on our understanding of witness? How does the triumph of Jesus on the cross as the king reshape and challenge how we normally think about our relationship to the culture?
- What are some of the ways we naturally think about judgment (religious and irreligious)? How does Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem challenge this? How does Jesus’ willingness to undergo the judgment he pronounced challenge this?
- How should Jesus’ weeping shape the way approach rebuking one another? How should it impact evangelism? Does our witness as individuals and as a community have this tone?
- What are some of the ways we naturally think about the relationship between sin, grace, and forgiveness (religion and irreligion)? How does Jesus’ priestly cleansing of the temple challenge this? How does his priestly sacrifice on the cross challenge this?
- How should the cleansing of the temple impact how we deal with this sin in our lives and why? How should it impact the way we deal with the sins of others against us or our community? What does this suggest about what it means to be a Christian?
- What do we learn about the danger of the connections between religious worship, money, and power?