When you think of Jesus, what do you picture? Do you see Jesus as the gentle, quiet man from historic paintings? Or do you see the Jesus pictured in the Bible – the man who cast out devils, confronted Pharisees to their face, wept with compassion and chased the moneychangers out of the temple? Jesus wasn’t just gentle; He was also passionate and filled with zeal. If you want to be like Jesus, you need to be passionate about the same things that Jesus was passionate about.
- Why is it significant that Jesus made the whip He used to drive out the moneychangers?
- What promise is given to those who are planted in the house of the Lord in Psalms 92:13?
- What are three signs that you are planted in church?
- What are three things that Jesus was passionate about that are mentioned in this sermon?
- How can a lack of passion lead to sin?
- Have you had more passion for God in the past than you do now? If so, what can you do to re-ignite passion and zeal?
You were made for more than living a life of mediocrity and boredom. You were made to be like Jesus. You were created to live an exciting life filled with passion for God, passion for excellence and passion for God’s church. When you cultivate those passions, God will give you a purposeful life that is exciting, challenging and powerful.
John 2:15-17 (NLT): “Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the moneychangers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, ‘Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace.’ Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: ‘Passion for God’s house will consume me.’”