We join in the conversation as we see Jesus excoriating the Pharisees and lawyers. Be careful! Could any one of us be guilty of some of the same sins?
1. How do people today seek praise from society but miss the things that bring praise from God?
2. Does hypocrisy in others prevent you from becoming a Christian? Do you feel like you are better than that?
3. It is becoming increasingly clear that Jesus wants change deep within our hearts. How can we open up to that inner change?
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Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer, and he addresses his skeptics.
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1. What conclusions about the nature of God and about prayer can we draw from the story of the Persistent Neighbor?
2. Jesus detractors accuse him of using demonic power to cast out demons. How does Jesus expose their faulty logic.
3. Who was Jonah? What is the sign of Jonah? How did Jesus fulfill this sign?
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As Luke progresses deeper and deeper into the mission of Jesus, we see Jesus sending out seventy-two more disciples. We also see more details about the people who receive his message about the Kingdom and those who reject it.
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1. Jesus warned his disciples that they would be like sheep among wolves, yet their purpose was to convey a message of peace. What rationale might people have to reject such a message?
2. Why is Jesus so critical of the towns of Korazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum?
3. Jesus contrasts those who don’t receive his message with those who do. The “wise and learned” reject him, but “little children” receive him. Discuss the nature of the two groups.
4. Most people are familiar with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Why has this story inspired so many good deeds?
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Conversationalists everywhere, I hope you are enjoying the foray into Gospel of Luke. In chapter eight when the disciples saw Jesus calm a raging storm, we heard them ask, “Who is this, that even the wind and waves obey him?” In chapter nine we come to another big question: “Who do you say I am?”
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For further conversation:
1. The question of Jesus identity reached into the first-century halls of power where Herod expressed his on questions about Jesus’ identity (9). The crowds were similarly confused (19). How would you answer the next big question for yourself: “Who do you say I am?”
2. The Transfiguration of Christ (28-36) adds a divine element to this discussion. A voice from heaven declares: “This is my son, my chosen one; listen to him.” If Jesus really is the Son of God as the voice claims, how does this affect your life?
3. Discuss several of the teachings associated with being a follower of Christ: denying yourself and taking up your cross, setting worldly striving aside, becoming the least instead of the greatest, etc.
I look forward to hearing from you. – Bob -