Matthew 23:25-28
Responding to Hypocrisy

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There is much discussion in our society about what Jesus said or didn't say as well as what He meant by what He said or didn't say. So how do we know who is right? We go straight to the source, HIS WORD! Journey with us in 2023 as we explore what Jesus said on a variety of topics and let's dig in together as we seek to understand, apply and live out all that "JESUS SAID".

In this series, we’ll look at both hard to understand teachings of Jesus as well as teachings that are hard to apply and/or accept with the aim of helping us be joyfully obedient to Jesus’s teachings even when it is hard.

The 7 “woes” that Jesus proclaims against the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23 are a warning to them, but also, a warning to us. But this passage also gives us help in how we should respond to hypocrisy in ourselves and in others.

Discussion Questions -

How can we strike a balance between engaging in meaningful spiritual practices and avoiding a superficial or hypocritical approach to our faith?

Discuss the imagery of whitewashed tombs. In what ways might our lives sometimes resemble these tombs, with outward appearances concealing inner struggles or unaddressed sin?

How comfortable are you with being vulnerable about your challenges and imperfections within your faith community? Why is vulnerability important for authentic growth?

What steps can we take individually and collectively to create an environment where people feel safe to share their struggles and seek genuine transformation?

What practical steps can you take to prioritize inner growth and authenticity in your relationship with God?

How can we hold each other accountable in pursuing genuine heart change and avoiding the pitfalls of hypocrisy without falling into legalism and/or being judgmental?

Pray for the light and love of CHRIST to shine on the hypocrisy in you and around you and the strength and will to put it to death.