SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
Study Passage: Matthew 22:15-22
Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.
- Why do you think Christians can hold such varied and even contradictory convictions and opinions?
- Imagine you’re in a political discussion with two other Christians – one committed [Liberal] and the other a committed [Conservative]. How could Jesus’ words in verse 21 bring light rather than heat to the discussion?
- Over the next few days, ask three or four Christians you respect how they practically seek to “give to God what belongs to God.”
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