Series: That You May Know Life
Title: Part 2
Date: March 12/13, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself. John 12:32
What gets in the way of people coming to Jesus? We get in the way - someone representing God poorly!
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. Luke 19:45-46
“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Luke 19:45-46
Historically, insiders often place barriers between people and God’s grace.
How cleaned up does someone have to be before they come to church?
How quickly does someone have to change to remain a part of the church?
Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to keep the law of Moses.” Acts 15:5
So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? Acts 15:10
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difﬁcult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Acts 15:19
We Start Where You Are (unless… What limits do we place on it???)
Most people experience God’s love (or perceived judgment) through other people.
Am I making it difﬁcult for people who are turning to God?
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20a
How’s my temple?
· If someone was moving towards Jesus, what are some of the things that might get in the way and become obstacles?
· Read Luke 19:45-48.
· What did Jesus do in the temple? (v. 45)
· What did Jesus accuse the merchants of doing? (v. 46)
· If, historically, insiders often place barriers between people and God’s grace. How cleaned up does someone have to be before they come to church?
· In your opinion, how quickly does someone have to change to remain a part of the church?
· Read Acts 15:19.
· Can you think of any ways that we as a church or community make it difficult for non-believers who are turning to God?
· As a church, in what practical ways could we make it easier for non-believers who are turning to God?
· As individual followers of Jesus, what could we do this week to make it easier for non-believers to turn to Jesus?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?