October 23, 20160 comments
On Sunday we talked about how Israel stumbled over Jesus. They rejected Jesus as God's promised Savior, the Messiah. They had a zeal, a deep passion for God. The problem is that that zeal was not according to the knowledge of the gospel. In the time of Jesus, Israel didn't struggle so much with idolatry toward foreign Gods, but instead they struggled with idolatry toward the law, as if the Law itself would be the means of salvation. From this we see that there isn't just one, but two ways to miss the gospel.
Read the parable in Luke 15:11-31 together. Compare the younger brother and the older brother. How do each of them miss the knowledge of the gospel? How does the father (God) interact with them?
What's one or two areas in your life where you've seen yourself acting like the older brother? Check the "Self-made Righteousness" doc attached for ideas.
Read Jesus's words in Matthew 11:28-30. Thinking about the areas you mentioned, what would look like to rest in Christ from self-made righteousness?