The People Wanted a King

Sins of Omission

We see in the bible that God’s people rejected Him as their king and demanded a human king like the surrounding nations. God granted the request of His people, giving them over to their disobedience. Let us learn from God's people the mistakes in putting our hope in a man, and let us focus on the true king we need, King Jesus.

We see in the bible that God’s people rejected Him as their king and demanded a human king like the surrounding nations. God granted the request of His people, giving them over to their disobedience. Let us learn from God's people the mistakes in putting our hope in a man, and let us focus on the true king we need, King Jesus.

October 25, 2020
by
Craig Walker
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Introduction

Almost all of us have seen people panhandling or begging. When we see people doing things like this, our thoughts and emotions range from compassion to cynicism. As Christians, we know that we need to serve the poor, but we also want to help in a constructive way. Jesus taught about the necessity of serving the needy in view of a final judgment day. When we serve those in need, we serve the Lord Jesus. 

Discussion Questions

(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)

1. In your opinion, do you think Christians in America do a good job speaking for the racially oppressed, the poor, orphans, slaves, vulnerable and the unborn? Explain your sentiment.

2. Have a volunteer read Matthew 25:31-36 - In this passage we have a parable from Jesus about final judgment. Jesus Himself is the one who separates the sheep from the goats. How often do you think about death and judgment?

3. Why do you think Jesus focused in on the “works” of the sheep?

4. Have a volunteer read Matthew 25:37-40. What is your first reaction when you see someone in need? Do you honestly desire to help him or her, or do you think someone else will provide aid?

5. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me”?

6. Have a volunteer read Matthew 25:44-46. What is the deciding difference between the judgment of the sheep and the goats?

7.  How can this group live as sheep together? How does living in this way advance the kingdom of God?

Moving Forward

Consider your heart and your actions. Who are the lowly and needy people around you? What would it look like for you to care for them as you would serve Christ? 

Changing Your Mind

“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

Prayer

Close in prayer, asking God to give you a heart for the poor and needy. Praise God for His wisdom and ask that He would show the people of our church ways to help people in our community. Thank God for His saving grace and for the glimpses of His majesty that He gives us in our world.

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