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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 19:1-12 - Part 2

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 19:1-12 again.
  • Remember context from last week's sermon.  Review the change in Jesus' location and meaning, what were the Pharisees doing and why by asking Jesus this question.  
  • What was the source of the Pharisees arguments?  What was the source of Jesus' teachings?
  • How did Jesus respond to the Pharisees in vv 4-6? How do the Pharisees respond back to Jesus' answer?  
  • What is the difference in source and authority between Jesus' response in vv 4-6 and the Pharisees response in verse 7?
  • Read Deuteronomy 24:1-4 again for background on verse 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 he say this?
  • What is the view of marriage the discipels have (v 10)? Why would they say this and how does Jesus answer them?
  • What is Jesus referring to in verse 12 and how does this relate to the preceding verses?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What valid reasons for divorce do you have and how do they compare to the Jewish Mishnah that was read last week?
  • 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?
  • What hope is there for those who are struggling through these issues?

Intentionally Act

  • 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 Gathering - January 18, 2015