Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, September 30, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

Series: The Pharside (Pronounced ‘Far-Side’)

An Attack on Religious Attitudes

 

SERMON TITLE: FRAUDS

MEETUP WEEK #5 Format: MEET-UP Questions

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEABeing a fraud is based on one’s identity.  The goal of Religion is to be loved by God and to be loved by others, whereas the goal of the Gospel is to Love God and Love people.

 

PHARISEE: A political, social, and religious group that were “separate” due to their belief in the law.

 

HYPOCRITE: Saying one thing, and BEING (not simply ‘doing’) something else.

 

4 QUESTION-TYPES:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • Describe your favorite coffee cup or mug and what makes it so special to you. If you are not a coffee drinker, describe your favorite glass and why.

 

  • This week the sermon talked about going deep. In that same spirit, what is the deepest body of water you have been in or what is the tallest building or height you have ever been to?

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • Read through Luke 11, and take special note of the strong language and imagery that Jesus uses in regards to the Pharisees. After reading LUKE 11:37 – 54, 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):

  • Pastor Mike defined ‘Spiritual Insanity’ as doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Is there any things in your spiritual journey that you repeatedly do that are not effective?  Why do you think they are not effective?  Is there something you could try that would be more effective?

 

  • A loophole in our faith is usually a condition we put on it due to only a partial surrender and/or a concern about the appearance of something.  Can you identify any “loopholes” in your faith?  (Like: ‘God, if you do this, then I will do that.’ Or ‘What is the least I have to do?’ Or ‘I am waiting for God to speak or do a specific thing, then I will know its God.’  Or finally, you have a greater concern of how something looks to others rather than to God.)

 

  • “Jesus was approachable.” Describe ways that you are approachable to others.  What are some ways that you would like to grow in your approachability?  As a group, brain storms some ways that you can collectively be more approachable.

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • Being able to go ‘deep’ comes from Truth, and the scripture teaches us that “The truth will set you free.” This week identify some of the most important spiritual truths in your life and choose at least one person outside your family to share with those truths.

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ  LUKE 11:37  – 54 (MSG) – Frauds!

37-41 When he finished that talk, a Pharisee asked him to dinner. He entered his house and sat right down at the table. The Pharisee was shocked and somewhat offended when he saw that Jesus didn’t wash up before the meal. But the Master said to him, “I know you Pharisees burnish the surface of your cups and plates so they sparkle in the sun, but I also know your insides are maggoty with greed and secret evil. Stupid Pharisees! Didn’t the One who made the outside also make the inside? Turn both your pockets and your hearts inside out and give generously to the poor; then your lives will be clean, not just your dishes and your hands.

 

42 “I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but manage to find loopholes for getting around basic matters of justice and God’s love. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required.

 

43-44 “You’re hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You love sitting at the head table at church dinners, love preening yourselves in the radiance of public flattery. Frauds! You’re just like unmarked graves: People walk over that nice, grassy surface, never suspecting the rot and corruption that is six feet under.”

 

45 One of the religion scholars spoke up: “Teacher, do you realize that in saying these things you’re insulting us?”

 

46 He said, “Yes, and I can be even more explicit. You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You load people down with rules and regulations, nearly breaking their backs, but never lift even a finger to help.

 

47-51 “You’re hopeless! You build tombs for the prophets your ancestors killed. The tombs you build are monuments to your murdering ancestors more than to the murdered prophets. That accounts for God’s Wisdom saying, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, but they’ll kill them and run them off.’ What it means is that every drop of righteous blood ever spilled from the time earth began until now, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was struck down between altar and sanctuary, is on your heads. Yes, it’s on the bill of this generation and this generation will pay.

 

52 “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars! You took the key of knowledge, but instead of unlocking doors, you locked them. You won’t go in yourself, and won’t let anyone else in either.”

 

53-54 As soon as Jesus left the table, the religion scholars and Pharisees went into a rage. They went over and over everything he said, plotting how they could trap him in something from his own mouth.

 

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.

 

Q: What is “HOLY”? / What does a Christian Look like?  / What’s the picture of a Christian?

 

HYPOCRITE: Saying one thing, and BEING (not simply ‘doing’) something else.

 

– GOAL OF GOSPEL: Love God & Love People

– GOAL OF Religion: Be loved by God & Be loved by People

 

How we become FRAUDS:

1.) You abide by the “rule of appearance.”

Always Asking: How does this look? / What’s the least I have to do?

– No Loopholes

– Do you really want people to know the FAKE you rather than the REAL you?

– Every Breakthrough comes with a break down

 

2.) You don’t go DEEP.

– In order to go DEEP, someone must reveal truth

– Perspective is not the same as truth.

– Let truth set you free

– DEEP comes from truth

 

How we become DEEP:

A.) You are as deep as your awareness

B.) You are as deep as the last person you served

C.) You are as deep as your level of trust / surrendered Soul.

 

– Prostitute had NO LIMITS on her worship.

 

3.) You gain wisdom and never use it

– Jesus was approachable

– If you are going to be used, you will get messy / dirty