Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Hypocrisy

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the fourth of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Hypocrisy’. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Luke 12:1-12

Download the Small Group Questions, Going Deeper, and Sermon Transcript (PDF).

Next Steps this Week

BIBLE READING: Luke 12:1-12

Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

“I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”


Download in PDF format.

CONNECT: What can you put in place to help your prayer life be ‘in tune’ with Jesus’?

WARM-UP Question

  1. What is hypocrisy? What do you think it is about hypocrisy that our culture finds so offensive?

  2. What do you think are the most common forms of hypocrisy that we might be guilty of?

READ Luke 12:1-7

  1. In what way was the yeast of the Pharisees hypocrisy? How can hypocrisy be like yeast in our lives?

  2. Do you think our culture is really serious about authenticity and sincerity? Why or why not?

  3. How extensively does the Lord know about every aspect of our lives? How does this make you feel?

  4. To what extent will these things be more broadly made known? How do you feel about this?!

  5. In what way should this reality cause us to live lives authentically in accordance with Jesus’ Lordship?

  6. In what way do you think you’re most likely to be hypocritical? What do you think motivates you?

  7. What is Jesus forewarning the disciples about concerning what they will face in the future?

  8. Why should our ‘hierarchy’ of fears be in accordance with who really has ultimate authority?

  9. How can we both fear God and not be afraid?

  10. How much does God value us? What does it mean to you to know that you are richly valued by God even though he knows everything about you?

READ Luke 12:8-12

  1. How is the disowning of Jesus the ultimate form of hypocrisy?

  2. What is verse 10 all about? Why is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit such a perilous course of action?

  3. What are the circumstances in which you are most tempted to not speak up for Jesus? Are there any particular contexts (friends, family, workplaces, and other front lines) in which you are most afraid of being known as a follower of Jesus? What could help counter this for you?

  4. How does a sincere trust in the Lord Jesus give us a certainty of life forever with God?

APPLY: What is one area of hypocrisy that you need to address this week?
BONUS: On which one of your front lines can you acknowledge Jesus as Lord this week?


Gracious Father, thank you that you hate hypocrisy. Please forgive us for the times or aspects of our lives in which we are hypocritical. Please help to acknowledge that you see things are they really are and that such a reality would cause us to live for you and you alone. Thank you that we can be secure in your love by acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.