Quest Church: A Community of Grace
Quest Church - Elephants and Donkeys (Part 1)
September 13, 2020 - 10am
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    Sunday 8:00 AM


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SONG: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

PSALM 2 (See Below)


SONG: All the Poor and Powerless

Square Pegs
Luke 20:20-26


SONG: This is Amazing Grace


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Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.

Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed
my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.

Only ask, and I will give you the nations
as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’ ”

Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.

Submit to God’s royal son,
or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed
in the midst of all your activities—

for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

(Taken from the New Living Translation)
LUKE 20:20-26

20 Keeping a close watch on him, [the teachers of the law and Pharisees] sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

(Taken from the New International Version)
Elephants and Donkeys Pt 1 - "Square Pegs"
Luke 20:20-26

Series Goal: help Christians think ____________ about how to faithfully
engage partisan politics.

"They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said..."

The Trap: make Jesus a ____________ or a ______________.

"Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

Taxes to Caesar had ______________ power.

Three Ways Jesus' Response Teaches Us

1) Develop _________________.

2) Dig ________________.

3) Defy _______________.


Exiles and aliens never neatly ___________.

(Modern Version)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name.

Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.

Do not lead us into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever, AMEN.
Use these questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

1) Reread this Sunday's Scripture text. Write down or share what stands out to you. What seems important? What questions does this passage raise for you?

2) What are some reasons why politics can be so tough to talk about?

3) Who have you known to model a Christlike attitude when discussing or engaging politics? What stands out about their example?

4) Some of the Jerusalem leaders wanted to paint Jesus into a corner. What two unlikable options did they want Jesus to choose between?

5) When Jesus sees through the spies' duplicity in v.23, he models discernment. Why is discernment so important if we're to faithfully engage politics with grace?

6) Jesus also models the importance of digging deeper beyond surface level issues. Why does this matter? What would it look like for you to dig deeper on an issue? A social media post? A candidate?

7) Above all, Jesus models the ability to defy division. How does Jesus defy the divisions of his day? What might it look like to defy devision in our time?