Sermon Discussion Questions: Luke 4:1-13 & Philippians 3:12-16
Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of March 9
Sunday, March 9, 2014: AM
From "We Tremble Not for Him': Luke 4:1-13
What does Christ’s temptation teach us about Satan and temptation?
Even though Satan’s power and presence are real, why was Martin Luther correct to write “we tremble not for him” in A Mighty Fortress is Our God?
What is the significance of Christ’s obedience and resistance to temptation?
What do we learn from the fact that the Devil tempted Jesus when he was hungry?
Why did Pastor Jon say that temptation always casts doubt on God’s Word?
What specifically was sinful about each one of the Devil’s temptations?
How should we respond to temptation? What proactive steps should we take in order to fight temptation? What does Hebrews 4:14-16 teach us?
Sunday, March 9, 2014: PM
From "Pressing on Toward the Goal": Philippians 3:12-16
Why would Paul refer to the Christian life as a race?
How is it that Christians can be “in the race” in the first place? How does this inform the way we think about pressing onward?
Pastor Jon mentioned avoiding the two pitfalls of “perfectionism” and “easy believe-ism” – what did he mean?
What does Paul mean when he writes of “forgetting what lies behind” and how is this linked to “straining forward to what lies ahead”?
Why is it that Christians cannot “coast” in their spiritual lives?
Why does it not undermine the Gospel to live a life of intentional sanctification?