Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Luke 4:1-13
After his baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where he fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil. Jesus was tempted to question his identity as God’s Son. He was also tempted to:
- reject God’s provision.
- reject God’s authority.
- reject God’s standards.
We face similar temptations in our lives. Jesus was able to resist each one because of his relationship with his Father. So can we.
- What is the vital ministry that Jesus takes on immediately after his baptism? Preaching to the crowds? Working wonders? Casting out demons? Solitude?
- Do you find it challenging to step into the ministry of solitude? (Being alone in the presence of God) Why do you suppose that Jesus did this before anything else?
- How was Jesus’ first temptation about his identity? (“If you are the Son of God…”) Have you ever doubted your identity of being the beloved of God?
- In what ways is temptation multifaceted? For Jesus? For you?
- How would turning stones into bread be a demonstration of Jesus rejecting the Father’s provision for him? How would that entice Jesus to question the Father’s love for and goodness to him?
- In what ways have you rejected God’s provision for you in the following:
- The way he designed your body
- Who he gave you to be your parents
- Your natural talents and abilities (or those you lack)
- The life circumstances you are in because you have obeyed God?
- Being single
- Can you thank God for his provision in your life even when it is not what you desire or had hoped for?
- How might knowing that you belong to a loving, sovereign, good and all powerful Heavenly Father affect your willingness to receive his provision for your life?
- The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).
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