Here we go!!!
I have way more questions because I think when I only asked a few last time – it left out some of her main points. So pick and choose!!!
“I was convinced of the need to change my mind, but what came next was actually changing my mind, and I didn’t envy God that task. I started reading the Bible through a fresh lens, and a theme began to lift from its pages” (p. 35).
Have you sensed God interrupting you this past week? When?
Can you think of a time when you re-read something in the bible, and on that fresh reading, you noticed something you’ve never noticed before? What was that experience like?
Has your perspective on the poor begun to change yet? How?
Even though Jesus was completely un-normal, do you spend yourlife striving for normalcy? How important to you is fitting in?
“Jesus never fit in. He was never the cool guy. He was always wrecking everyone’s way of thinking. I’m positive the disciples sat on pins and needles when Jesus talked to a crowd, worried what crazy thing He might say next. . . . But it wasn’t just what He said; it was what He did. It was who He spent time with, talked to, and argued with, to say nothing of His very un-affluent life. If we took Jesus’ teachings away and just focused on the way He lived, He would still be radical” (p. 37).
What stuck out to you the most about your study this week?
Read Luke 5:27-32. Notice the nature of the relationships Jesus was cultivating and being criticized for.
What sort of people did Jesus spend time around? What was His reasoning for doing so?
Why do you think Jesus paid such close attention to them? What does that attention reveal about His character?
Why do you think He was so criticized for those relationships? What criticism is leveled against people today with similar relationships?
Now read the next passage, luke 5:33-39.
How would you sum up Jesus’ teaching about “newness” in your own words?
How does Jesus’ illustration in this passage relate to the previous passage in which He was associating with sinners?
If we had no record of Jesus’ words—only His actions—what kinds of conclusions would you draw?
Read luke 22:13-19. recall from the Interrupted member book that the word “remembrance” is from the greek word meaning “to make real.”
How do you think we “make real” the sacrifice of Christ?
What does our willingness to be broken for the sake of others reveal about our belief in God?
How have you been impacted by someone else’s sacrifice?
Have you ever sacrificed for the sake of another? How did it feel?
Turn to the words of paul in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. Consider how paul viewed the suffering of believers for the sake of the gospel.
What do you think it means to “carry the death of Jesus in our body”?
How does the voluntary sacrifice of believers promote the gospel?
What does sacrifice like that reveal about the character of god?
How have you seen “death” in one person lead to “life” in someone else?
“When Jesus said, ‘Take the lowest place’ (Luke 14:9), He was talking about more than a strategy for social justice. The path of descent is also the path to liberation. You are no longer compelled to be right and are thus relieved from the burden of maintaining some reputation. You are released from the idols of greed, control, and status. The pressure to protect your house of cards is alleviated when you take the lowest place” (p. 46).
Read luke 22:23-30. Notice the Difference Between the Disciples’ attitudes and the teaching of Jesus.
In what specific ways do you find yourself jockeying for positions of power? What did Jesus say about the nature of greatness in the kingdom of god?
What cultural factors make it difficult to pursue ideas like these?
What about you? What do you find appealing about following Jesus to the bottom?
What’s the toughest part about doing so?
What are some specific ways Jesus practiced what He preached?
What is one specific way your group can follow Jesus’ example?