Conversations: Thanksgiving Day 2017

Our conversation this week is a break from our discussions on the Gospel of Luke. Gratitude is always an appropriate topic, and Thanksgiving Day every year has the potential to not only bring out thanks but also to create a way of seeing our lives through the lens good things rather than bad things.

We don’t ignore evil, but when we can find things to be thankful for, our perspective on life brightens just a little. Be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day 2017.

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Bob

Conversations: Gospel of Luke 18

Jesus encourages persistence in prayer, condemns those who trust in their own righteousness and look down on others, and confronts the problem raised by great wealth.

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For Discussion:

1. Are you a persistent person? Do you pray regularly? Do you persist even if your prayers and not answered right away?

2. Why do people assume that only religious people are self-righteous and contemptuous of others? Have you ever felt that you were better or more important than someone else?

3. Describe how you feel about your money. If you lost it all, would you feel that your life had no real significance anymore? Do you think others might feel that way about you?

Bob

Conversations: Gospel of Luke 16 & 17

Not only does Jesus discuss more about money matters, but he also teaches the disciples about temptation, forgiveness, faith, humility, thanksgiving, and the future of the Kingdom of God.

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For Discussion:

1. In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, how could the rich man completely ignore the needs of Lazarus when he had to pass by him everyday? What was he thinking?

2. Did Jesus intend for people literally to move mountains? Is a mustard seed amount of faith really all that much?

3. Discuss several of the lessons in the first half of chapter 17.

4. What is your main takeaway in Jesus’ discussion of the coming Kingdom?

Bob

Conversation: Gospel of Luke 16, “Money Matters”

If you think you’ve got money problems, check out this guy in Luke 16. His actions may shock you and confuse you, but you’ll also be challenged by Jesus’ teaching on the use of money.

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1. What is it about the manager’s behavior that bothers us? Why did the owner compliment him rather than criticize him? Does Jesus commend such behavior?

2. The issue in verse nine of using “worldly wealth” in order to be “welcomed into eternal dwellings” can be confusing. Discuss. When Jesus speaks of storing up treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20), is he suggesting that we can buy our way into heaven?

3. The Pharisees ridiculed Jesus for saying that a person can’t serve God and money. Why is it impossible to serve both?

Bob