READ: Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 23

Whom is Jesus condemning in Matthew 23? Why? What is the main teaching of this passage? Is it more important to look good on the outside or to be good on the inside? What does this passage mean to us today? What does the passage say to the person who is at church all the time, but does not grow or show any spiritual fruit? Today, search your heart. Where do you need to move off being outwardly pleasing and begin looking at the inward heart? Are you willing to be gathered under the wings of the Lord?

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Friday, May 20: Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-47

According to Acts 2:46, in the day of Roman persecution, how and where did the Christians meet? The idea of Christians meeting together in a dedicated church building with hundreds or thousands there was a foreign concept to first-century Christians. If it was not condemned by the Lord to meet in smaller home groups when not safe to meet in larger groups what does that say to you about not forsaking meeting with one another? Process this thought: How can I obey the teaching of Hebrews 10:24-25 when I can’t meet in a large public space? Now think this through: Who can I meet within my or someone else’s home to build up and encourage?

READ: Hebrews 10:25; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17; Acts 5:29

What does the Bible say should be our attitude and action toward those in authority over us? When is it appropriate to disobey the human authority over us? If, as we have studied it is showing love to not congregate during a pandemic, when might it be appropriate to disobey the government when it comes to meeting together? The Bible commands us to not forsake assembling together as believers. Process for your own self what it means to you to love God and to love your neighbor.