Help From Temptation

Can one find real freedom from temptation? Whatever your situation and wherever you are in your spiritual journey, there is a way out from temptation and it is found in Jesus. Lean in and listen as Paul Kiss digs into Luke 4:1-13; Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:14-16. Temptation hits everyone, but we discover this week that through Jesus we can receive mercy and forgiveness — even when we fail.

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Tempted: Help from Temptation

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 28, 2018

There is a way out from temptation and it is in Jesus. There is also mercy and forgiveness when we fail.

1. Temptation hits everyone

Text: Hebrews 2:17; 4:15

2. God offers help

Text: Hebrews 2:17-18
● Some strategies to resist:
o Community…
o “If/then”…
o Know your triggers…
o Be specifically honest …

3. Mercy and Forgiveness

Text: Hebrews 4:14-16; 1Corinthians 10:1-13; Genesis 1:28-31
● Original Blessing before Original Curse/Sin
Text: Deuteronomy 6:16 and Exodus 17:7

4. Being Properly Formed

Text: Luke 4:2,4,8,12
● Spiritual Disciplines to help us mature and flourish
o Fasting – Prayer – Scripture – Meditation – Solitude – Silence

1.What is something you have learned about temptation, God, or yourself over the course of this series? What is something about which you still have questions?
2.How does the idea of original blessing help you in your understanding about temptation?
3.What difference would it make in your resistance to temptation to see yourself first as a child of God who is loved by him, instead of first seeing yourself as a sinner who has disappointed him?
4.Read Hebrews 4:14-16. What do these verses tell us about temptation, ourselves and Jesus? What are they encouraging us to do? (Look at what the text actually says and then discuss your findings. Don’t read into it).
5.Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of the following aids in resisting temptation:
a. The “if/then” strategy that Pastor Paul discussed in his message.
b. Belonging and contributing to a loving community.
c. Be specifically honest about your temptation instead of vague and generalized. (12 Step programs do this really well).
6.What are some things we could do to make it safer for people to be honest and open about their struggles with temptation?

1.Have a conversation with someone about the value of confession related to temptation. (Your opinions, hang-ups and questions – James 5:16; 1John 1:9).
2.Listen to another preacher give a great sermon about the temptation of Jesus: Brian Zahnd – “When the Devil Met Jesus.”

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