Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES
DATE: Sunday, September 16, 2018
FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ
Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado
Series: The Pharside (Pronounced ‘Far-Side’)
An Attack on Religious Attitudes
SERMON TITLE: I’ve got something to tell you
MEETUP WEEK #3 Format: MEET-UP Questions
TODAY’S MAIN IDEA:When you are forgiven much, you will love much.
PHARISEE: A political, social, and religious group that were “separate” due to their belief in the law.
A RELIGIOUS PERSON (Urban Dictionary): People who assume that just because the universe exists, it must have been crafted especially for them.
Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):
- As a DMC or a family, take this opportunity to play a few rounds of the game “Whisper Down the Lane” (Choose a message, whisper it around the circle, and see how much it has changed or not by the time it arrives at the last person). Choose more challenging and or encouraging messages as you go.
- Describe the most recent first-time guest that you invited into yourhome? How did you prepare for them? How did you greet them when they arrived?
Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):
- There are many things going on this week’s passage about Jesus visiting a Pharisee’s house that was interrupted by a visit by a remorseful and repentant prostitute. After reading LUKE 7:36 – 50, which are the parts of the scripture passage that stood out to you? What part is the most encouraging? What part is the most challenging?
Question #3 (GENERAL):
- We recognize that people can change, and that theologically there is no sin that is unforgivable. However, we personally may hold that some sin is worse than others, and some may even be unforgivable. Identify and discuss a sin that you may believe is unforgivable or worst among all of sins (pedophilia, abuse of any kind, relationship infidelity, etc.) and why you feel that way.
- Pastor Mike taught this week: “There is a price tag on each of our lives, and it is the Cross of Jesus Christ.” Describe ways that you understand, appreciate, and live out a response to the fact that you are forgiven and that Jesus died for your sins.
Question #4 (ACTION):
- Jesus indicated that the Prostitute from today’s scripture “Loved much.” The prostitute worshiped Jesus using her pain, sin, and past, at a great personal cost, and did so in a way that was not convenient, and was well beyond just plain courtesy. Take time this week to examine if any area of your pain, sin, or past has gotten in the way of fully worshipping Jesus and confess them to God. Also take time to worship God, and find a specific way that you can “Love much” by encouraging another person in your life, especially someone who doesn’t know Jesus yet, through the love you encounter from God through this experience.
Please READ LUKE 7:36 – 50 (ESV)
36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”
41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES
DISCLAIMER: This series is not about bashing religious people, it is about finding and bashing out the religious person in you.
We dread hearing and often jump to the worst case scenario when we hear:
“I have something to tell you…”
“Do you have a second…”
PHARISEES invited Jesus into his house:
– We will invite Jesus in to our lives, but with limitations.
– Religious people think a lot to themselves.
Q: What if all of our thoughts are prayers?
Q: Do you SEE this woman?
Q: Do you HEAR this person, or are you just listening?
– Spiritual Growth is constantly filled with A-Ha moments.
I have something to tell you…:
1.) The bigger the sin, the more opportunity there is for love.
Q: Identify a sin that is unforgivable?
– If there is a sin, you are not walking with Jesus. There should be NO sin that is unforgivable. People can Change.
2.) The more someone has been forgiven, the greater their worship.
– Prostitute had NO LIMITS on her worship.
3.) It doesn’t matter the sin, the cost was still the same.
– Price Tag on each of our lives – the Cross of Jesus Christ.
– Love doesn’t PROTEST, Love PROTECTS!!
– She didn’t ignore or avoid her pain, but instead brought her pain into worship.
How to WORSHIP Like the Prostitute
– PAIN: She allowed her pain to initiate intimacy with God.
– COST: She brought her most valuable thing (perfume).
– HER SIN: Used what represented her sin (her hair that indicated that she was a temple prostitute) to worship.
– Beyond COURTESY: She went beyond courtesy by kissing his feet. Did more than was convenient.
– HER PAST: She poured all the value of her past into her present day worship.