Small Group Questions

If an agent from a foreign power wanted you to turn over state secrets, how might he or she attract your attention and get you to listen?

What have you learned from the temptations you faced successfully? Not successfully? From which have you grown more?

Pastor Chris reminded us that God always gives us a way of escaping when we are tempted. Ask someone in your group to read aloud 1 Corinthians 10:13. Have you sensed God’s activity in some tempting situation as described in Verse 13? In what way did God provide escape for you?

The gospels record that Jesus Himself faced the giant of temptation. The tempter posed the question: “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” At the core of His temptation was the temptation to doubt His relationship with His Heavenly Father. He was tempted to do something relevant, spectacular, and significant in order to prove the validity of who He was as God’s Son. On the surface, this temptation seems fairly innocent, even harmless. Often temptation does seem that way.

  • How does Jesus respond in each instance? 
  • What is the source of His response?
  • In what way does His refusal of the tempter’s enticements affirm Jesus’ identity as the Beloved?
  • When facing temptation why is it important to remind ourselves of who we are, and Whose we are?
  • What have you found most helpful in resisting temptation?
  • What significance is there for you in knowing your Lord faced His own temptations?

The writer, professor, and pastor Henri Nouwen wrote that we each of us are regularly tempted to believe three lies.

  • I am what I have.
  • I am what I do.
  • I am what other’s think of me.

Can you see how these temptations exist in your life’s experience? 
Give an example of when you’ve wrestled with one of these temptations.