Luke 11:37-54
Woe To Your Facades

In this message, we grapple with Jesus' stern words to the Pharisees and lawyers found in Luke 11. We dive into Jesus' call for authenticity in our expressions of faith as He challenges us to look beyond external displays of holiness and truly seek justice, love, and humility in our lives. Sitting with the challenge of this passage we're inspired to consider our own faith journey and the facades that may hinder our growth. It's an exploration that asks us to be reflective, to acknowledge our imperfections, and to strive for the genuine fruits of the Holy Spirit within our community.

Discussion Questions: 

1. Jesus' critique of the Pharisees in Luke 11:37-54 centers on authenticity in faith. What does it mean to you to practice an authentic faith, and how can we avoid the pitfalls of hypocrisy in our own spiritual lives?

2. Jesus' message to the Pharisees includes a call for justice and love of God over legalistic rituals. Discuss how Micah 6:8 connects with this teaching and explore ways we can incorporate this into our personal walk with God.

3. A call to introspection and the pursuit of true spiritual fruits is a key point in the sermon. Discuss how James 1:22-25 encourages us to be doers of the word, and share ways you've been able to apply your faith in action.