Jesus experienced many temptations and overcame them. It was normal for Jesus and it is normal for all of us. Paul Kiss begins our series Tempted by looking at Luke 4:1-13 in his message Stones to Bread. In it we look at the temptation of self-gratification and find practical ways that Jesus helps us through it.
Tempted: Stones to Bread
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 7, 2018
1. Kingdom Of God
Text: Luke 4:43
Text: James 1:13-15; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
3. Stones To Bread
Text: Luke 3:21-38; 4:1-13
Text: James 4:1-3; Hebrews 4:15; 2:18
“The lure of evil is in its deceptive promise to give us peace and freedom through or own aggressive self-serving efforts,”(C. Norman Kraus, God our Saviour, 129)
1. If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted to do (time and money were no object), what would you be doing?
2. Imagine your most enjoyable day, (maybe the one you just described). After that day, did you find yourself thanking God or considering how to avoid God, or not even giving God a thought? Why/Why not?
3. When you think of temptation and sin in your relationship with God, what scares you, encourages you, confuses you?
4. How does it help to know that Jesus had to wrestle with self-gratification, turning the stones into bread?
5. How does it help to know that Jesus was also being tested in his self-identity and his willingness to rely on God?
6. Desire is meant to lead us to God. It is a natural human phenomenon. But desire can lead us to sin as well. Read James 1:12-15 and discuss how James describes the sequence from desire to sin.
7. What can we do then, to let our desires lead us to God rather than sin? (Be careful that you don’t use “Bible reading and prayer” as pat answers that act as magic bullets to keep us from sinning. These are good for us, but not “answers.” Many devout Bible readers and pray-ers still fall into sin).
1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer daily (Matthew 6:9-13) and when you get to the part about “lead us not into temptation,” ask God to help you understand how he can do this.
2. Read and contemplate the following passages as a way to let God help you understand – Luke 4:1-13; Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; James 1:12-15; Galatians 6:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:5