How has the previous lesson changed your perception on restoring disciplined people in the church?
Share your experiences on the positives of relating with such people in the church?
Main Text: Matthew 7:21-23.
Memory Verse: Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do notwhat I say? – Luke 6:46.
During Jesus’ stay on earth, many people followed Him for several reasons. Some identified themselves to be disciples and acknowledged Him to be their teacher and master. Yet, their actions proved otherwise. Their persistent reference to Jesus as Lord did not match their obedience to His teachings. To call someone Lord and disobey the person is contradictory because lordship implies total control and ownership. In this lesson, we will come to know the difference between genuinely acknowledging Jesus as Lord and paying lip service to His lordship over a person’s life.
Questions for Discussion
What does it mean to say Jesus is your Lord?
Why would Jesus deny the categories of people mentioned in verse 22-23?
What accounts for the gap between people’s confession of Jesus as Lord and their obedience to His teachings?
How does the mere profession of Jesus as Lord affect our testimony as Christians?
How can we practically demonstrate that Jesus is truly the Lord of our lives?
To call Jesus Lord is to acknowledge His rulership over one’s life. This implies that a person’s decisions and actions are subject to the dictates of the Lord Jesus Christ which is revealed in His word, and leading of the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer. Sometimes, there is a huge gap between the profession of Christ as Lord and obedience to His teachings due to ignorance of some believers of what the confession of Christ as Lord entails. To be a Christian is to truly be under Christ’s lordship; that He has full control over every area of our lives. This means, taking orders from Him through the Holy Spirit He has given to us and choosing to follow His way against the desires of our flesh. Truly acknowledging Christ as Lord demands total surrender of our will, interests, desires and aspirations to His authority, and direction for our lives. We can do this by yielding daily to our Lord Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.