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Toolbox for Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Title and Topic

Lent 1: The Disciple Lives a Life of Temptation and Needs Disciplines

Transformation and Witness

Okay, from Advent, to Christmas, to Epiphany, we get spiritual whiplash as we turn to Lent. Lent is a pretty intense time of preparing ourselves in heart and mind for the most powerful season of them all, Holy Week. During this roughly 6 week season we prepare ourselves for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus through acts of penitence and self-denial. Specifically we will look at some of the key disciplines the disciple needs to know and live to carry out the mission. Why? Today we move into Lent by studying how Jesus was tempted. As Disciples we realize if Jesus was tempted, we too will live a life of temptation. These disciplines of the Disciple act as a kind of railroad track to keep us moving toward Jesus and not away from him.

Today’s Takeways: What as disciples can we learn about defeating temptation the way Jesus did? What disciplines are needed to live the life of a Disciple? What fuels our disciplines?

The constant takeaway is this: People would know that Discipleship is learning to love, look and live more like Jesus.

Scripture

Psalm 91
Romans 10: 8b-13
Luke 4:1-13 (L)        The Temptation of Jesus

Teaching Questions/Ideas

Up to God in Worship

What are the ways the Psalmist describes God as the security for his people (Psalm 91)?

How have you looked to God as your security recently for which you will praise Him?

Into Community

What are you tempted by that helps you understand the nature of temptation?

Read Luke 4:1-13

1. What details form the backdrop of the temptation of Jesus (1-2)? Why do you think Luke includes these?
2. How does the devil tempt Jesus? What is significant about the ways he does so?
3. What do you learn about resisting temptation from the way Jesus responds?
4. What difference does the temptation of Jesus make in your life as His disciple? (See also Hebrews 2:17-18 and 4:15)
5. How have you been able to overcome an area of temptation by the power of Christ?

Romans 10:8b-13

6. How does knowing that “everyone who believes in [Jesus] will not be put to shame” encourage you when tempted (10:11)?
7. How has the devil used shame as to keep you from moving forward in faith?
8. What did Christ do overcome the shame of sin on our behalf? (See Genesis 3:10; John 1:9-11; Isaiah 53:3-4, 8; Hebrews 12:2)

Out in Mission

How can practicing these spiritual disciplines serve as a means to keep you moving toward Jesus and thus prepare you for the ministry God has for you?

How can you pray for one another in your group to make an impact in the power of the Holy Spirit?

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