Suggested Icebreaker:  What do you think about eating at a restaurant on Sundays? What is your favorite restaurant?

Passage:  Matthew 12:1-14

1.  What did you learn or takeaway from this week’s message?

2.  What was the purpose of Jesus asking, “Have ye not read… (Mt. 12:3, 5)?  Weren’t the Pharisees supposed to be experts in the Scriptures?

3.  What did Jesus mean when He called Himself “the Lord of the Sabbath” (Mt. 12:8)?

4.  What does it mean that God desires mercy over sacrifice? (Mt. 12:7)

5.  What did Jesus mean when He said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mk. 2:27)?

6.  Why did the Pharisees think that Jesus’ healing on the Sabbath was wrong?  What was their misconception?

7.  Do Christians today still condemn the guiltless?  Why?

8.  Do lost people judge Jesus by the actions of His disciples today?  Are their judgments valid?

9.  Why is it important to use Scripture when answering your critics?

10.  Why didn’t Jesus wait one more day instead of healing on the Sabbath?  Is there ever a wrong time to do a good deed?

11.  Application:  Does Bible Baptist have any traditions that we believe are of equal importance with God’s Word?  If so, what must we do about it?

12.  Application:  Should Christians today make a point of honoring the Sabbath?  Why or why not?

13.  Application:  How do you normally handle criticisms, especially when they are unjust? Is there a better way to deal with unfounded criticism? If so, how?

14.  Application: How does one allow Jesus to be the Lord of their life?  What is the cost of doing so?

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