Power. Control. These two things are something everyone has desired at some point in our life. And some are tempted to take power and control fully into their own hands and to their extremes. We look at Luke 4:9-13 and see if Jesus shows us another way. Listen this week as Paul Kiss continues our Tempted series with his message Temple Jump.
Tempted: Temple Jump
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 21, 2018
1. Identity and power
● “If you are the Son of God…”
2. False Hopes
● “…they will lift you up in their hands…”
3. Distorted views of God
● “…do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Text: Deuteronomy 6:16 and Exodus 17:7
4. Serving under vs. Control over
1.What is the attraction of power and control?
2.Read Deut. 6:12-16 and Exodus 17:1-7 to understand the Scripture that Jesus quoted in response to the temptation. What do you learn from these?
3.What are some ways that we try to control God or others in our life pursuits?
4.What can be some of the damages of trying to control God or others?
5.How do we use power and control in the church, in negative ways?
6.How does our identity, (the view of self, God, others), affect the way we perceive power and control? (“If you are the Son of God….)
7.What are some ways you/we could defend against this temptation as Jesus did?
1.Get a copy of Richard Foster’s book, “Money, Sex and Power” and read his section on Power.
2.Read Psalm 91 to get a context of how the Devil tried to twist this Scripture to tempt Jesus. Ponder the idea of how a misuse of Scripture can lead to attempts to control others and hold power over them. What do you discover?