Less Than Christian
Topic: Christlikeness Passage: Mark 12:38–12:44
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Read Mark 12:38-44 as a group.
Describe the scribes. Who were they? What did they do?
What did the scribes’ devouring of widow’s houses and their prayers for pretense reveal about their relationships with God? What verses in Scripture can you point to that make it clear that they were out of alignment with true godliness?
Are there modern day examples that resemble the religious leaders that Jesus was talking about? What are they like? How do you identify and differentiate authentic Christian examples apart from those who are inauthentic?
In what way did these religious leaders not only practice a false spirituality, but also lead others astray?
In what ways do Christians today practice false spirituality and lead others astray?
What did Jesus mean by, “they will receive the greater condemnation” at the end of verse 40? Why should that be a sobering reminder for those who are Christian in name only?
What are some practical ways that Christians can guard themselves from falling into less-than-Christian thinking or behavior?