This continues a teaching series on the arguments Jesus had and caused. Here we find Jesus is not a polite dinner guest. But the stakes are high, the discussion is about the true cause of evil and the help we need to deal with it. [Audio | Video | Notes]
For further thought
Q: Jesus often asks his followers to compare their internal lives with their outer actions (eg. Here and Matthew 5-7). Why is our character as much part of our motivations as it is our actions?
Q: A major theme in Jesus’ teaching is to challenge hypocrisy. How does hypocrisy damage our family life, our work life, our church life?
Jesus is not the ideal dinner guest
Reasons for woe – the marks of hypocrisy
- Concerned to appear good but not be good (deceitful)
- Unwilling/unable to change the inside life (blind)
- Blocks others from the grace of God (hateful)
Clean hands or hearts?
Detailed giving or a passion for justice and love?
Obscuring the words of God or explaining them?
Hypocrisy is all of us
- Romans 1-3