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Conversations: Gospel of Luke 20, “Jesus Schools His Opponents”

Jesus answers every question his opponents throw at him. More than that he puts them to shame, and they eventually give up trying to discredit him.

In a final show of his authority, Jesus challenges his detractors by suggesting the Son of Man (himself) is actually more than a physical descendant of David. His words become a challenge to the reader as well: is Jesus more than a mere human?

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For Discussion:

1. On the question of taxes, how would Jesus’ answer have satisfied people on either side of this legal question: those who agreed to pay and those who didn’t? How has the church applied this principle throughout history?

2. Does Jesus’ answer about the resurrection open your eyes to what happens after death? Does it change the way you want to live now?

3. Jesus asserts that the Son of Man (himself) is more than a human descendant of King David. Who do you say that Jesus is? If he is Lord, how should you respond to him?

Bob

Conversations: Gospel of Luke 19 & 20, “If Stones Could Speak”

Dear fellow conversationalists:

I hope you will take the time to go back to several of the first conversations on the Gospel of Luke. With Christmas upon us, reflecting on and talking about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus would be a good way to celebrate the season and to remind yourself what Christmas is all about.

As we look at Luke 19 & 20 this week, we see that the story which began with Jesus’ birth now takes a giant step toward its climax: Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem as king and messiah. However, conflict over his authority comes next.

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For Discussion:

1. Discuss the fulfilled prophecies mentioned in this section: the triumphal entry references and the prophecy about the stone the builders rejected. How are these meant to affirm Jesus in his messianic role?

2. Read Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the Temple, 1 Kings 8:22-61. Discuss how the merchants had disrupted the Temple’s real purpose.

3. If Jesus derived his authority from God, what are the implications for your life?

Bob

Conversations: Gospel of Luke 18 & 19, “People Jesus Meets”

As we transition from the Thanksgiving holiday, we resume our conversation on the Gospel of Luke. In chapters 18 & 19 Jesus encounters three people: a rich ruler, a blind man, and a chief tax collector. Each one has a unique experience with Jesus.

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For Discussion:

1. Why was it so hard for the rich ruler to let go of his wealth?

2. What do you think is significant about Jesus’ encounter with the blind man?

3. How does Zacchaeus provide us with a perfect illustration of repentance? Discuss Jesus’ mission to “seek and save the lost.”

Bob

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