* Read Matthew 19:3-5. Then read Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24.
1. The Pharisees try to trap Jesus by answering their question. How does Jesus respond?
2. Why do you think he responds the way he does? How does his answer reframe the conversation?
* In this week’s talk, Colin said that while all Scripture is useful, some Scriptures have more influence than others.
3. Do you agree or disagree?
4. Can you share an example? [One possible comparison: Deuteronomy 6:5 vs. Leviticus 14:33-57—which has more influence for daily life today?]
* Read Matthew 19:6, which contains Jesus’ innovative commentary on God’s intention for marriage.
5. What stands out to you about this commentary?
6. How do we balance a focus on God’s intention for marriage as a life-long, lifegiving unity with the reality that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce?
* Read Matthew 19:7-8.
Jesus calls the Pharisees “hardhearted.”
7. What’s your definition of hard-hearted?
8. Assign the following passages to the group (one per person) to get a bigger picture of what hard hearts look like:: Jeremiah 16:12, 18:12; Daniel 5:20; Romans 2:5; Psalm 95:8-9; Ephesians 4:18; Zechariah 7:12; Mark 3:5. What picture do you get of hardheartedness?
* Read Ezekiel 36:26-27.
9. What does God promise in this passage for those who follow him?
10. What stands out to you in this passage?
* Colin suggested that choosing patient hope and embracing God-honoring change are two practices that keep hearts open (soft) to God.
11. What’s an area you’ll choose to approach with renewed patience this week?
12. Who will you ask forgiveness from (repent) or offer forgiveness to this week?