Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:1-12
- Read Matthew 19:1-12.
- What has changed about the location of Jesus' ministry (v 1)? Why is this important to note?
- What do the Pharisees ask Jesus? Are they seeking his opinion or challenging his source of authority? How do you know?
- What was the motivation behind the Pharisee's question to Jesus about divorce?
- Why would the Pharisees bring up this issue to discuss with Jesus?
- Where does Jesus go in Scripture to begin answering their question? Why would he begin there?
- What objection do the Pharisees bring up to Jesus' answer?
- Read Deuteronomy 24:1-4 for background on what the Pharisees are referring to in Moses (v 7).
- Why did Jesus indicate that Moses allowed for divorce? What does he mean by this? How do you know?
- What is the only exception Jesus gives for divorce and remarriage not to be an act of adultery? Why would say this?
- What is the view of marriage the discipels have (v 10)? And how does Jesus answer them?
- What would you list as legitimate reasons for divorce? How do you come to those conclusions?
- How would you characterize the modern view of divorce and remarriage? What standard is typcially used to come to these conclusions?
- List some of the most difficult challenges to what Jesus says here about divorce and our modern world and views of marriage.
- What do we say about what we value and view as the ultimate authority by our stance on divorce and remarriage?
- How could this passage be helpful in serving others who are struggling through issues of potential or already accomplished pursuits of divorce?
- Does this passage reveal any sin for you to confess? Any promises for you to trust in?
- How would this passage help you pray for or talk with specific people in your life dealing with any of the isssues touched on?
- How should a congregation apply this passage to its members? How does this passage shape a congregation's stance communicated to the public on the value of marriage and the value of Scripture's authority?
- Pray for non-Christians to be convicted of sin and drawn to the glory of Christ this Sunday through all that takes place.
- Pray that those who lead the service will edify the body in the most helpful ways: Dawson Bryant, music; Brett Harris, Prayer and Scripture Reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
- Listen to the music we will sing together. Meditate on the message of each song. Prepare yourself to sing with understanding and zeal.
Songs for Sunday
Morning and Evening Gathering - January 11, 2015