Sermon Review: Don't Play Games With Jesus

Big Idea: Don't play games with Jesus.

Verses: Luke 19:45-20:8

Summary: Jesus clears out the temple in Jerusalem, offending religious leaders by demanding spiritual reality and spiritual authority. They respond by playing a game with Jesus, questioning his authority when it becomes obvious that Jesus is too popular with the people to kill him. This is no different than our response to the places where Jesus offends our sensibilities, leading us to play games that redefine his authority in our lives. Some of these games including elevating happiness, changing rules and burying obedience.

Next Steps: Consider the following questions as you listen and respond to God:

  • What did God say to me in the text?
  • How do I know whether or not what I heard is true?
  • How do I feel about what I heard?
  • How do I practically put my hope and trust in Jesus in response to his message?
  • What's my next step as a follower of Jesus?

A few ways we can help you as a church:

  • 'It is not a sin to seek happiness' by Jared Wilson (article)
  • Tim Keller with a reminder that Jesus' obedience matters (e-book)
  • A brand new book, The Final Days Of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived, is worth your time. (book)
  • If you're part of a community group, I'd encourage you to talk about who you're planning to BLESS between now and Easter. 
  • And if you're looking for a place to go deep with the Bible and with each other, email me ( and let's talk about getting you into a DNA Group.

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