The New Temple (discussion questions)

crossroads-series-gfx_facebookHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “The New Temple,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Crossroads.” The text for this week is from Luke 19:28-48.

Discussion Questions:

  1. We continue the “Crossroads” series this week by looking at Luke 19:28-48. Begin your study in prayer, asking God to speak to you from His Word, and then read that Scripture aloud.
  2. Background: Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem takes him from the hills east of the city to the Mount of Olives. You may want to look at a map to see where those locations are. One resource is http://www.jesus-story.net/map_index.htm.
  3. What do the first verses (19:28-34) tell us about Jesus’ power and authority?
  4. The disciples praise God as Jesus takes the road closer to the Mount of Olives, quoting from Psalm 118. What do these words about Jesus (19:35-38) tell us about how the disciples saw Him?
  5. The Mount of Olives had great significance for the Jews in relation to the appearance of the Messiah, based largely on Zechariah 14:4-5. How do those words inform the way you read Luke 19?
  6. What do you think is the significance of Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees in 19:39-40?
  7. In Luke 19:41-44, we gain insight into the difference between Jesus’ desire for Jerusalem and the coming reality. What is happening and why? (Also look at Luke 13:31-35.)
  8. When Jesus enters the Temple courts He cleanses the Temple. What reasons does He give for this and what are the consequences with the religious leaders?
  9. Now read both 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 1 Peter 2:4-5. What do you think this means in light of Jesus’ words and work in Luke 19?

Identify one way that God is calling you to personally respond to Jesus. If you are on your own, write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another to end your group time.

 


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we arranged a daily reading plan through this series. You can also join in with the daily devotional here. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Sunday, Mar 12         Psalm 118:36; Zechariah 9:9-10
Monday, Mar 13       John 12:12-16
Tuesday, Mar 14       Luke 19:41-44; Psalm 137:7-9
Wednesday, Mar 15 Luke 19:45-48; Isaiah 56:4-7
Thursday, Mar 16      John 2:13-17; Psalm 69:6-9
Friday, Mar 17           Matthew 21:12-17; Jeremiah 7:9-11
Saturday, Mar 18      Luke 20:1-8

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