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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 22:23-33

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 22:23-33.
  • How is this question similar and different in content and intention from the previous question asked of Jesus (22:15-22)?
  • What are the Pharisees implying about Jesus by their question about resurrection and marriage?
  • Read Deuteronomy 25:5-7 to see what Moses said about this issue in marriage.
  • What does Jesus state is the error of the Sadducees?
  • How does Jesus describe marriage after the resurrection? How and why would this not be a diminished view of love and relationships?
  • What is Jesus indicating about the ongoing relationship betwee God, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? How would this impact one's view of future resurrection? What promises made to them would be lost if there is no resurrection?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What is your view of the future life after the resurrection from the dead? How have you viewed life and relationships with others?
  • Jesus seems to imply that your view future resurrection impacts current understanding of Scripture and God. How?
  • Is Jesus' view of marriage diminished or enhanced by what he says about marriage after the resurrection?
  • How would this passage be a comfort for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or loved one?
  • How would this passage encourage your view and anticipation of the future?

Intentionally Act

  • What should change or be strengthened in your thinking about God and future relationships after the final resurrection? How should this impact you now? How, in prayer, should you now respond?
  • How would this passage assist you in talking with people who deny the possibility of supernatural future events like the resurrection? How could you pray for such people in your life now?
  • Pray for non-Christians to be convicted of their need of Christ this Sunday. Pray that Christians will be fruitful in their application of the intent of this passage.
  • Pray for those who will be leading the service this week: Dawson Bryant, music; Brett Harris, Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica, teaching. Pray for protection of their hearts and for their families as the lead us corporately in worship.
  • Listen to the music we will be singing on Sunday; think on how corrupt your heart is and how often we are grumbling against the Lord during the week. Let the lyrics replace that grumbling in the week and guide your heart to contentment in your circumstances and prepare you for worshipping our King together.

Songs for Sunday

Lyrics

Morning Gathering Lyrics - June 7, 2015