Hook: Can you think of ways practicing religion can fool you about your actual spiritual stance?
Book: Like the second son in the parable, Israel had the appearance of saying “yes” to God but failed to come through with the obedience that demonstrates true faith. Even the faith of the people they despised, tax collectors and prostitutes, did not stir jealousy to motivate them to repent and believe. Failure revealed their self-deception.
Took: Why is obedience an indicator of true faith in Jesus? Can you think of ways you are fooling yourself?