“We have the privilege of serving Jesus Himself every time we feed a hungry belly, each moment we give dignity to someone who has none left, when we acknowledge the value of a convict because he is a human being, when we share our extreme excess with those who have nothing, when we love the forsaken and remember the forgotten. Jesus is there” (p. 68).
Do you feel overwhelmed by some of the principles you’re learning in this study? What, if anything, is overwhelming to you?
Are you hearing god tell you to take specific action? in what ways?
“Our Christian rhetoric has become white noise, I’m afraid. It gets hopelessly stuck in our minds and struggles to transition to our hearts and then hands. Our only hope is to follow the example of Jesus and get back out there, winning people over with ridiculous love and a lifestyle that causes them to finally sit up and take notice” (p. 59).
Was there anything particularly meaningful to you about this week’s study?
Jen discussed how information goes from our mind to our hearts and then to our hands. Which of those transitions gives you the most trouble? Why?
“God is supremely concerned with our motives, and our works only count when they match our intentions. There is no back door into salvation, rerouted around the sacrifice of Christ. Otherwise, the whole earth could gain heaven by good works, and His day on the cross was pointless” (p. 67).
Read Jesus’ story about the good samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.
What are some of the main points Jesus was making in this passage?
What is the significance of the hero being a samaritan?
What does this parable teach us about good intentions?
How does this story relate to the parable about the sheep and the goats?
What is one specific way your group can connect its intentions with action?