Bible Study: “Practice What You Preach”


Text:  Matthew 23:1-12

What were Jesus’ biggest issues with the teachers of the law and the Pharisees? Matthew 16: 5-12

Why will legalism never work in the church?

Conversely, what would happen if there were no rules within the church? Name some of those rules that are important for us to abide by.

If Jesus was upset with them, why were the people instructed to obey the ‘Teachers of the law and the Pharisees’?

*Interesting note* Moses seat: Synagogues had a stone seat at the front where the authoritative teacher sat. The Jews spoke of the teacher’s seat as we speak of a professor’s chair.

Do you believe that Christian’s hypocritical actions constitute the greatest threat to the church? Why or why not? Why is it so dangerous?

Why is it more important for some to have the acceptance of man then it is to have the acceptance of God?

How does the burden of the religious leaders compare to the burden we bear for Christ? Matthew 11:30; Acts 15:10

Why do you believe that the religious leaders just did not get it?

Seeing that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees loved to be looked up to and considered great and be given highest respect, how do you think they would have taken these instructions from Jesus?

Name some examples of how verses 5-7 might be acted out today?

Why is it better that some things, like prayer, be done in private? Matthew 6:1-6

*Interesting note* Both the phylacteries (small leather boxes with tiny scrolls with scriptures on them, tied to the arm and head with leather straps) and the borders of their garments were worn in the attempt to conform to the Mosaic Law, Deuteronomy 11:8; Numbers 15:38-40.

Does verse 8 insinuate that we should not use titles such as pastor and deacon in the church? Why or why not? John 1:38; 1 Timothy 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:11

How can the use of titles get into the way of serving others? How can it help?

Explain the statement, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

What must we do in our church for people to see us as people of God and not people of the world? Are you prepared to do it?

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