Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord?

Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Luke 6:43-45 - “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Luke 6:46 - “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”

Isaiah 29:13 - “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.’”

Isaiah 29:13-16 - “The Master said: ‘These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping Me but don’t mean it, I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing.’ Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track. You shut God out and work behind the scenes, plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, ‘He didn’t write a word of me?’ Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it, ‘She had nothing to do with this?’”

Luke 6:47-49 - “Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

John 14:15 - “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

John 14:22-23 - “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?’ Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’”

2 John 1:6 - “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.”

I John 5:3 - “In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome...”

“Prayer is awe, intimacy, struggle—yet the way to reality. There is nothing more important, or harder, or richer, or more life-altering.” (Tim Keller)

Luke 6:45 - “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Matthew 7:21-23 - “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

1 John 5:5 - “The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.”


Read Luke 6:43-45

Q1: What do these verses seem to be saying about the correlation between someone’s private thoughts/actions and the actions that are seen by others? Explain your answer.

Read Luke 6:46

Q2: Why do you think Christ followers often call Jesus “Lord”, but struggle to live as though he actually is?

Q3: Have you ever been really frustrated that someone close to you said one thing and did another? Without sharing the details of the story, how did it make you feel and why?

Re-read Luke 6:46 and then 47-49 and Matthew 7:24-27

Q4: How do you think these verses address the issue of our habit of saying one thing about our faith in God and doing another?

Read John 14:15, 22-23


Q5: There is a correlation that John writes about between what we truly believe- and how God resides in our hearts. Do you see it? •What do you think John meant when he wrote that God takes up residence in the hearts of those who keep His word? •How do you think that changes our lives?

Read 2 John 1:6 and 1 John 5:3

Q6: What difference do you think our love for God makes in our efforts to obey God? Explain your thoughts.

Read Matthew 7:21-23

Q7: This can be a confusing passage to some. But there is a clear message: “not all who call me Lord will belong to me. You are either authentically in love, and motivated by the desire to reflect that love, or you are not.” It’s a consistent message through the scriptures- It’s not about what you do, but who you love. •What do you think are some of the major things in life that keep people from loving the God who first loved them? •Do you feel like you struggle to love God? Is it something you would like to share with your group?

Close your group in a time of quiet prayer. There may be some that may want to pray to God in repentance, committing not just to do good but to love God deeply. Pray for one another if appropriate and commit to continue to pray for each other daily.



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Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord?

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