The Fasting Question
Passage: Luke 5:33–5:39
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- In Leviticus 16:29-34 we learn that fasting was commanded on the Day of Atonement as a way to bring about humility and meaningful reflection and sorrow over one's sin. Why/how do you think fasting accomplishes this?
- What danger must be avoided by people who are very consistent in their practice of spiritual disciplines such as fasting, Bible reading, prayer, etc? In other words, how might self-discipline be used for vanity rather than for true spiritual growth? How can you avoid this danger?
- The Scriptures paint a picture of the church as the bride of Christ who longs for her Beloved. There exists a yearning in those who love Jesus, to be united with Him. Do you experience this ache of longing to be in the presence of Christ...do you long for His return? If so, how does this reveal itself in your life? If not, should you? How does fasting help?
- Think about your own life...what do you long for more than the return of Jesus Christ? Why?
- Why can’t the “new wine” of the gospel of Jesus Christ be put into the “old wineskins” of a works-based salvation?