Scripture: Matthew 23:1–23:39
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- In Matthew 23:1-3, Jesus is telling his disciples to listen to what the scribes and Pharisees say, but to not do what they do. What do you think these confusing instructions mean?
- How would you summarize what the scribes and Pharisees were doing wrong? Do any of these problems intrude into our lives today? What are some that you might struggle with?
- Beginning in Matthew 23:13, Jesus stops talking to his followers and starts talking to the religious leaders of his day. What does he mean by the phrase "Woe to you?" Why do you think his words are so harsh?
- How can the gospel save us from being like the scribes and Pharisees?