Life Group Questions for Nov. 25, 2012

What does it Say?

 

  1. How would you summarize the big idea of Luke 3:21-38?
  2. Why do you think Luke organizes the temptations of Jesus after Jesus’ baptism and genealogy?
  3. What was Jesus’ physical and spiritual condition when he faced the temptations of the devil?
  4. What does “full” of the Holy Spirit mean and how does that compare with previous references to the Holy Spirit by Luke seen in Elizabeth, Zachariah, John and Simeon?
  5. In the first temptation, what is the devil’s intention? Is he questioning Jesus or challenging him? Why would this have been a real temptation for Jesus?
  6. Did Jesus have the ability to do what the devil asked? What would have been the ramifications of this? What does this show us about Jesus?
  7. In the second temptation, how does the devil tempt Jesus to not trust God? How did Jesus’ knowledge of the Word of God help him in that time of temptation?
  8. What authority does the devil have to give away the kingdoms of the world? If he has it, how did he get that authority? Explain.
  9. What was Jesus’ response to the devil’s offer of power and authority?
  10. What was the substance of the devil’s third temptation of Jesus?
  11. How did the devil and Jesus use the Bible differently?
  12. Luke tells us that the devil will return at opportune time. When is that referring to?

 

How Does it Apply?

 

  1. What is the essence of every temptation?
  2. What is the relationship between temptation and our ongoing spiritual transformation?
  3. Do you think that the devil waits until we are weak to attack us?
  4. God cannot be tempted. Jesus is God. Jesus was tempted. How does that work? How do people attempt to solve the temptations of Jesus?
  5. How should we respond when we are tempted and we fail?
  6. What are some ways we are tempted to put our goals and desires ahead of God?
  7. How does the devil use things that appear holy to tempt away from treasuring Christ?
  8. What does Jesus’ victory over temptation mean to you?

 

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