Traditions and the Heart
Scripture: Matthew 15:1–15:20
HOME GROUP DISCUSSION
- "Pharisaical" is a term we hear in our culture today, derived from the kind of interactions that Jesus had with Israel's spiritual leaders that was captured by Matthew in chapter 15 of his gospel. What does the term mean in our culture? Does that line up with a biblical meaning?
- The Pharisees seemed to be concerned about honoring God when they questioned Jesus in Matthew 15:1-2. What was it that they were really concerned about? How does Jesus reveal their true hearts?
- What are the dangers of elevating things to the level of Scripture that are not Scripture? What are the dangers of trying to solve problems by addressing only the outward manifestations of them?
- What prompted Jesus to call the Pharisees hypocrites? Have you ever struggled with this? If you knew of someone who was pretending to be something that, in their heart, they were not, how could the gospel of Jesus Christ help them?