Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, October 7, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

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

An attack on Religious Attitudes

 

SERMON TITLE: OPPOSITE DAY

MEETUP WEEK #1 Format: MEET-UP Questions

This is a great follow-up to the two powerful services from this past Sunday (10/7), and there is much to discuss and examine, especially given that several questions that were posed throughout the message. Therefore utilize as many questions as you would like and go as deep as your group is willing and able to go.  The material this week lends it self to much self-survey and discussion.  Enjoy!!

 

DISCLAIMER: This series is not about bashing religious people, it is about finding and eliminating the religious person in you.

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: Religion removes the supernatural in our interaction with God. We can not desire the SUPERNATURAL and require the super-logical at the same time.

 

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

 

4 QUESTION-TYPES:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • When you were a child, did you ever steal something, big or small, innocently or intentionally? In today’s scripture, the tax collector was stealing money, while the Pharisee was stealing joy.  If you are willing, share the experience with the group?

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • After reading Luke 18:9 – 14, about two different approaches in the temple – The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, 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):

DISCLAIMER:  PLEASE CHOOSE 2 to 3 QUESTIONS FROM THE LIST, TIME PERMITTING.  There are several more questions in this section that usual, and each was posed at some point during the message on Sunday and deserves us to revisit.  More than likely you will not be able to get through all of the questions, so be sure to pick and choose the questions that will best challenge your group and produce the best discussion.  Each question has a topic attached to it to better choose which you will utilize.  Group members are encouraged to revisit the unused questions during their devotion time this week!!

 

  • OBEDIENCE: Is your obedience to God and God’s word ever attached to your logic? In other words, do you have a ‘Plan B’ waiting in case your perceived understanding of God’s plan doesn’t happen immediately, or even after a long wait.  In this scenario, you’re hoping that God responds to your obedience, rather than your obedience is a response to God.

 

  • LOVING OTHERS: Think of some one you that you can’t stand – they just get on your nerves (they can be anyone from a family member, co-worker, or even someone you don’t know personally like a celebrity or a politician). Discuss as a group, ways that you can find to show love to each of the people you though of?  Take a moment to pray in a general way for the people that you have a difficult time with and ask God to soften your heart,

 

  • MISTAKES: Do you beat yourself up for mistakes? When your best is not good enough, or you just fall short in any area of your life, but especially in regards to your faith life, do you find ways to belittle yourself and put your self down? When we do this, it indicates that we don’t fully trust God and his forgiveness.  After identifying ways that you beat yourself up, take time to ask God for forgiveness and ask God to help you better embrace the Love that Jesus has for you!!

 

  • HUMILITY: Are you humble? A tough question, if you answer, “yes” it indicates that you don’t have true humility.  A good definition of humility is: ‘Not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.’  In other words, not always putting your needs and wants first over everyone else.  What are some ways that you can demonstrate humility in your faith?

 

SHAME / REGRET: Does anything prevent you from coming to church (that is not schedule based)?  If you have a bad week, or have fallen short in a particular area, are you more or less likely to attend church?

 

COMPARISON: Do you pray with one eye open?  In other words, do you compare your outcomes with other people’s outcomes?  Comparison, especially in prayer, can be a cancer when you have one eye on your neighbors or peers.  The best way to overcome comparison is through gratitude.  If you struggle with comparison, as a group make a gratitude list.

 

  • EMPATHY: Do you see yourself in other’s, specifically sinners? Often other people’s sin causes us to step back, when God would prefer that we ‘lean in’ toward that person.  When we exhibit empathy, our compassion increases, as we are able to see ourselves in others.  A popular expression is, “But for the grace of God goes I,” meaning that under different circumstances, we could find ourselves in the same scenario as those who have fallen prey to sin.

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • As followers of Jesus, we desire the supernatural. Take time, whether as a group or an individual during the week, to pray about experiencing God more and finding opportunities to respond to the supernatural nature of God.

 

  • Follow-Up to last week: Last week you were asked to 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. How did you do with this task?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ  Luke 18:9 – 14(ESV)-  The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES

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

 

OPPOSITE DAY with God – Kingdom Paradoxes:

– To be the Greatest, be the least

– To be the first, be the last

– To be full, be empty

– To win, you must lose

– To go up, you must go down

– To be big, get small

– Bless those who curse you

– Way to succeed is through failure

 

 – Don’t depend on your own logic

 

– Religion removes the Supernatural in our interaction with God.

 

– God responds to us (about Me) vs. We respond to God (about God)

– Who is leading who?

 

– We can not desire the SUPER-NATURAL and require the Super-Logical at the same time.

 

FERVENT VALUE: Do things WITH God, not FOR God.

– Logic won’t lead God or the Super-Natural

 

 

1.) DO WE TRUST OURSELVES MORE THAN WE TRUST GOD?

– Q: Is your obedience ever attached to  your logic?

– Obedience reveals our trust in God

 

– Logic interferes with Obedience

– Don’t have any Plan B’s – Trust God, Not self

– We often try to make respond and be obedient to us.

 

– Love people you can not stand (Takes trust)

– Opposite Day: Bless those who persecute us.

 

– Q: Do you beat yourself up for mistakes?

– Shows that we don’t trust God.

– Grace is enough

– Love endures forever

– God will fill in Gap of performance.

 

– Q: Does anything prevent you from coming /going to church?

 

2.) ARE YOU HUMBLE?

– Pharisee’s Prayer (Anti-humble): Thank You God for me being awesome!!

– Thank you God, I’m not this person.

 

Q: Do you pray with one eye open? (Comparison – trap)

– Comparison is a cancer in our prayer life.

 

Q: Do you see yourself in others / sinners?

– First instinct is to step back / Instead, Lean In

– Empathy produce compassion and a better understanding of your humanity.

– See yourself in sinners (This is how we will win the world)

– Don’t look down on other people

 

– Before we can ever see going to heaven, we must first se ourselves going to hell.

 

– Being at church, underscores the fact that we desire the Supernatural!!