Life Group Questions
- During our current Accidental Pharisees series, what do you sense God doing in your heart?
- Before this series, how did you think about The Pharisees? How do you view them now?
- In what ways is God challenging you right now?
- Is there an area of your life or spiritual life that you have on rose colored glasses as it pertains to the past?
- In what ways have you allowed cynicism taint your view of the Church, Christian leaders and culture?
- If someone asked you, “How can we learn from the past without idolizing the past,” what would you tell them?
Sermon Notes and Scripture
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. – Ecclesiastes 7:10
Larry Osborne says it this way in his book: “holy cynicism has an eagle’s eye of what’s wrong and a bat’s blindness of what’s praiseworthy today.” – Larry Osborne
47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. – Luke 11:47-51
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42-47
- IGNORING THE GREAT COMMISSION
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:4-8
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. – Acts 8:1-4
- THEY RAN OUT OF MONEY
- THE GENTILE PROBLEM
LOOKING CLEARLY INTO THE PRESENT
- FIND THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT.
- SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.