Turning the Tables on Religion: Why it's sinners who love Jesus (Luke 7:36-50) // Week 8
Published for Week 8, Semester 2 2020.
Scripture: Luke 7:36-50
Speaker: Moussa Ghazal
Series: Turning the Tables on Religion: The authority of Jesus' word
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Talk to your faculty about the value of committing to faculty gatherings even when assignments and study is getting intense. Here is a suggestion: get people to chat for 3 minutes in breakout rooms about why they attend faculty gatherings and why it's important to keep meeting with other Christians and hearing the Word of God taught.
1. Do you see yourself as a sinner? Do you see others as sinners? What difference does it make that the Bible teaches that we are all in debt to God?
2. What things motivate us to love someone? What makes for a good or bad motivation?
3. How does Jesus show his love for us? How might we show love for him?
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.
41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Friendly tip: Feel free to use/modify these prayers or write your own. Please also pray for your faculty or other prayer points you may have
Thank God for the week that has been, and ask that God would be with us heading into the second half of this semester
Pray for God to be making himself known to us as he moves and acts in our world. Pray for help us to see God working, and desire to know Him more
Pray for our attitude going into the talk tonight, that we would have hearts expectant of hearing God and responding appropriately
The EU continues to encourage faculties to be thinking and praying for people around the world who are Less Reached and Less Resourced (LRLR).
Ask your faculty members if there are any missionaries or people groups that they have been praying for, and encourage them to share and lead the faculty in prayer at this time.
Alternatively, you can pray for the Malay people in Australia, or more locally in Sydney. They are a minority people group within this country and their main religion is Islam. Their status is unreached with 0.25% Evangelical Christians. Although tools such as the Bible, evangelistic literature, the Jesus film, and Christian broadcasts are available to the Malay, few have accepted Jesus as Saviour. In the countries of Malaysia and Brunei, it is illegal to evangelize Muslims. However, the Malay living in other countries such as Australia have freedom of religion. Christians in these and our countries must seize the opportunity to share Christ with the Malay.
* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers to work among each of the Malay groups.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favour to missions agencies focusing on the Malay.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film and Gospel broadcasts among the Malay.
* Pray that God will give the small number of Malay believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth many Malay churches for the glory of His name!
More information is available on the Joshua Project website!