Sermon Discussion Questions: 3-21-21

Lead Us Not into Temptation, But Deliver Us from the Evil One

Matthew 6:13

Gathering Question    
Share a food you are often tempted to eat too much of and a food that others are often tempted by that you aren’t tempted by.

Gathering Prayer

The sermon this week focused on Matthew 6:13:

        And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

• What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

• What words or images come to mind when you hear the word “temptation”?

• The Greek word translated as temptation in The Lord’s Prayer is translated as trials in James 1:2. How does this broaden our understanding of the request to, “lead us not into temptation”?

James 1:13 says that God does not tempt anyone, but God does allow us to be tempted by our own desires and those desires can give birth to sin.

• What does it say to us that our temptation begins inside us with our own desires?

• How is God allowing us to be tempted connected to our freedom to make choices in life? What would the cost be to our freedom if God didn’t allow us to be tempted?

Adversity has a way of revealing our true character and helping us discover who we really are.

• How is this scary for us? How is this an opportunity for us?

• Why is temptation harder to resist when we are stressed or facing adversity?

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul writes, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

• How does it feel to know that God wants to help you be victorious over sin?

• What are some ways we can tap into the power of God to claim victory over temptation?

The second part of Matthew 6:13 asks God to “deliver us from the evil one.” 

• How is it different to pray “deliver us from the evil one” rather than “deliver us from evil”?

• How does it make you feel to think that the evil one is working to draw you away from God?

1 Peter 5:8 says, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 

• What are some of the tools that we see the devil using to draw people into sin?

In Ephesians 6:10-17, Paul talks about putting on the “full armor of God” to “stand against the devil’s schemes.”  Pieces of that armor include: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

• Which pieces of the full armor of God stand out to you?  Why?

In Ephesians 6:18, Paul goes on to call us to, “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 

• How does Paul’s instruction to pray remind us to rely on God’s power to overcome our temptations? Why is this so important?

• How will naming our temptations to God in prayer help give us the strength to resist those temptations and live with faithfulness?

Closing Prayer        
Take time for each of us to silently name our strongest temptations to God. Ask God to lead you away from those temptations and to give you the strength to resist the devil’s efforts to draw you away from God.