Love God. Love People. | Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Part 1

July 28 and 29, 2018 | Steve Tanner

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Love God. Love People.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Part 1
July 28 & 29, 2018
Steve Tanner

Matthew 22:35-40

  • #1 Love God. #2 Love People.

“One of [the Pharisees], an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:‘Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?’” Matthew 22:35-36 

  • Jesus Condemned Arrogant Religious Leaders.

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.’” Matthew 23:1-4

“‘What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.’” Matthew 23:25-26

  • The Greatest Commandment.

Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

To Obey The Greatest Commandment I Must Demonstrate It:

  1. With My Actions (Heart).

“‘So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.’” John 13:34-35

  1. With My Attitudes (Soul).

“If people say, ‘I love God,’ but hate their brothers or sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never seen.” 1 John 4:20 (NCV)

  1. With My Thoughts (Mind).

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 

My Next Step This Week:

___ To live out “The Greatest Commandment”, I will pray and memorize Matthew 22:37-39, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Going Deeper

  1. What stood out to you from this weekend’s talk? Why was that particular point so significant to you?
  2. What Pharisaical (judgmental) attitude do you struggle with? What have you done to overcome it? What can you do today to take a positive step towards overcoming it?
  3. Read Matthew 23:1-28 and jot down keywords you encounter as you read. How many times did Jesus use the word “hypocrites” to describe the Pharisees?
  4. Do you think Jesus loved the Pharisees any less than any other sinner from that day or today? Why or why not?
  5. Did Jesus die for the Pharisees, too? (See John 3:16; Romans 5:8) How does that make you feel about your struggles and His love?
  6. Who can you demonstrate God’s love to this week?


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