The King and His People | 7.3.22
1. Considering one’s possessions, why is “ownership” a spiritually perilous concept and “stewardship” a better description of reality? (Psalm 24:1, 1 Peter 4:10)
2. Can you think of some culturally common ways in which people often steal? Considering the list below, which types of theft are most tempting for you and how have you avoided succumbing to the temptation?
- Stealing time from employer by working a short day or doing poor work or taking supplies from work.
- Electronic theft of WIFI signal, music, videos, books.
- Idea theft, plagiarism or copyright infringement.
- Returning used merchandise for a full refund.
- Lying about income to avoid paying taxes.
- Lying about expenses to make money.
3. How does stealing deny God’s role as sovereign provider for all people? (Matthew 6:26-27)
4. What does it mean to steal from God and in what was is it the ultimate challenge to his ownership and promise to provide? (Malachi 3:8-12)
5. Considering the following passages of Scripture, what is the remedy for those tempted to steal? (Ephesians 4:28, Philippians 4:12-13, 1 Timothy 6:17, Hebrews 13:5)
The King and His People | 6.26.22
1. How was the interpretation offered on Matthew 5:27-30 similar to and/or different than your previous understanding, and how will you apply the passage going forward?
2. How is Jesus’ teaching on our need for righteousness in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:20) a confirmation of our need for a fulfillment of Jeremiah’s Old Testament prophecy? (Jeremiah 31:33)
3. How have you been frustrated in your own efforts to avoid sin in your life? (Romans 7:7-20) Why should the interpretation of this passage result in a greater sense of confidence rather than condemnation? (Romans 7:21-25)
4. How have you experienced the Lord’s power in transforming your desires for sin and how has he worked to bring about the transformation? (Romans 8:1-11)
5. What sinful habits do you continue to ask the Lord to help you overcome, and what role is the community of Christ playing in that process? (Hebrews 10:24)