Teaching (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Teaching,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The text for this week are from Luke 6:17-49.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is one of the most important lessons you have ever learned?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at an extended teaching from Jesus. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word. Then, whether you are alone or with a group, read Luke 6:17-49 aloud.
  3. Jesus is teaching on a plain, or plateau, near the hillside where he recently selected His twelve apostles (see Lk 6:12-16). This famous sermon contains some of the most well-known teaching of Jesus. Who is present to hear it, why are they present, and to whom is Jesus really speaking (vss 17-20)?
  4. In vss 20-26, Jesus contrasts what it means to experience or not experience God’s blessing. What do you think it means to be blessed? Write up a one-sentence definition of what it means to be blessed according to the Bible.
  5. These contrasts relate to physical, social, and spiritual conditions. What are the contrasts, what is the future hope, and what would you say is the dividing center point between these lists?
  6. Vss 27-38 focus on the way of love. To whom should we extend love according to Jesus? How does this contrast with other standards or human nature? Why is this important to Jesus?
  7. Jesus finishes this section by addressing the concept of judging others. What sort of judgment is Jesus talking about here? In what way do you think this relates to Jesus’ teaching about loving our enemies?
  8. Who is someone you struggle to love or not judge? Why is this difficult for you? What do you think it looks like to extend Jesus’ love to that person this week?
  9. Jesus’ teaching concludes with three pictures of what life with Christ looks like (vss 39-49). Which of these is most striking to you personally? What is Jesus saying in the teaching? What is He saying to you in particular through it?

  


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Jan. 16            Luke 6:17-19; Matthew 5:1-2
Jan. 17            Luke 6:20-26; Matthew 5:3-12
Jan. 18            Luke 6:27-36
Jan. 19            Luke 6:37-42; Matthew 7:1-2
Jan. 20            Luke 6:43-49; Matthew 7:15-23

Calling (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Calling,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The texts for this week are from Luke 5 & 6.

Discussion Questions:

  1. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at a series of stories about calling in Luke 5 and 6. Before we start ask God to speak to you from His Word.
  2. Read Luke 5:1-11 aloud. Jesus is by the Sea of Galilee (another name is ‘Lake of Gennesaret’) by Capernaum teaching a crowd the word of God from the boat of Simon Peter. What does Jesus ask Simon to do and why is this odd according to Simon’s response?
  3. What happens in 5:6-7 and what does it tell us about Jesus?
  4. Why does Simon respond the way he does and what does Jesus ask him to do? How does the event in boat relate to the work Jesus asks of Simon Peter?
  5. Now read Luke 5:27-32 aloud. Jesus visits the low-level taxman, Levi (also known as Matthew), and invites him to become a disciple. Why might this be shocking?
  6. Levi throws a party in Jesus’ honor and invites all his sinful friends. Why are some of the religious leaders upset with Jesus about this (5:30)?
  7. Jesus responds with a bold declaration about His life and mission in 5:31-32. What is the point of what Jesus is saying here?
  8. Why do you think religious people sometimes miss the point of Jesus’ mission?
  9. Now read the third episode, Luke 6:12-16, aloud. Here Jesus is calling a select group from within the large crowd of disciples to a specific role and purpose. What is it? Why is this important for Jesus?
  10. The life with Jesus is a journey of discipleship with defining moments along the way. What are 1 or 2 defining moments in your own journey with Jesus?
  11. What is one way God is calling you into a deeper life with Him through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

  


 

Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

  • Jan. 9- Luke 5:1-11; Mark 1:16-20
  • Jan. 10 – Luke 5:27-32
  • Jan. 11 – Matthew 9:9-13; Hosea 6:4-6
  • Jan. 12 – Luke 6:12-16
  • Jan. 13 – Mark 3:13-19

Word and Deed (discussion questions)

appearing-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Word and Deed,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Appearing.” The text for this week is Luke 4:31-44.

Discussion Questions:

  1. As we continue our “Appearing” series on Jesus’ beginnings in ministry, this week we will study Luke 4:31-44. Begin your time asking God to speak to you from His Word, and then read that passage aloud.
  2. What do the crowds notice about Jesus’ teaching according to Luke 4:31-32?
  3. What do you think it means for someone to speak with authority? How would this apply to Jesus?
  4. Next, in 4:33-37, Jesus works a miracle on the Sabbath as fulfillment of His earlier quotation of Isaiah 61 (Luke 4:18-19). What does this miraculous deliverance tell you about Jesus’ identity and authority?
  5. If you were there in the crowd for this event, how would you have responded?
  6. Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (4:38-39) leads us into another section of Jesus healing and delivering many people (4:40-41). What do you notice about Jesus in this section?
  7. Why does Jesus decide to leave the area where so many good things are happening according to 4:42-44? Why do you think this is important?
  8. What is one way God is calling you into a deeper life with Him through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

 


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Dec. 19     Luke 4:31-37; Matt. 4:13-16
Dec. 20    Luke 4:38-41; Mark 1:29-34
Dec. 21    Matthew 8:14-17; Isaiah 53:1-6
Dec. 22    Luke 4:42-44; Mark 1:35-39
Dec. 23    Matthew 4:23-25

Jubilee (discussion questions)

appearing-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Jubilee,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Appearing.” The text for this week is Luke 4:14-30.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time in your life when you really felt free? What happened?
  2. This week we continue our “Appearing” series by looking at Luke 4:14-30, where Jesus charts the course of His ministry as the dawning of a new age. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you from His Word, and then read that passage aloud.
  3. Jesus truly begins His public ministry with this episode. What do you notice about Jesus’ activity after the time of testing in the wilderness, according to 4:14-15?
  4. Jesus’ visit to his hometown synagogue in Nazareth brings a decisive moment of self-identification and sparks mixtures of anticipation and tension with others. Evidently, Jesus regularly attended the worship gathering of the synagogue (see 4:16), which included readings of Scripture. Jesus reads from Isaiah 61:1-2 and 58:6. What stands out to you about these words from Isaiah the prophet?
  5. It was normal for someone to teach from the Scripture from the seated position. It is likely that Jesus spoke longer than what Luke recorded but that the key statement was what we read in 4:21. Why do you think Jesus’ statement here so important?
  6. Jesus continues by comparing His ministry to that of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, specifically their work with non-Jews (1 Kings 17-18; 2 Kings 5:1-14). Why was this significant?
  7. The people initially respond with awe (4:22), then suddenly shift to resentment of Jesus (4:28-29). Why would this happen? How might you have responded to Jesus if you were there?
  8. How do you need to experience the new age of Jesus’ life and ministry today? What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

 


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

  • Dec. 12           Luke 4:14-15; Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14-15
  • Dec. 13           Luke 4:16-21
  • Dec. 14           Isaiah 42:1-4; 58:6; 61:1-3
  • Dec. 15           Matthew 11:2-6
  • Dec. 16           Luke 4:22-30

Prepare (discussion questions)

appearing-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Prepare,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “Appearing.” The text for this week is Luke 3.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of your traditions for preparing for Christmas? What special preparations are you making this year?
  2. This week marks the beginning of our next series with the Gospel of Luke, “Appearing.” This weekend we look at Luke 3, a chapter that focuses on the life and ministry of John the Baptist and the transition to Jesus. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you from His Word, and then read Luke 3:1-38 aloud.
  3. With chapter 3, Luke’s telling of Jesus’ story jumps from Jesus’ childhood to John the Baptist’s ministry as an adult. The listing of political and religious leaders in 3:1-2 helps us place the timeline at A.D. 29. Reading 3:2-6, how would you describe John’s life and ministry?
  4. What stands out to you most from John’s message in 3:7-9?
  5. Now look at John’s interactions with people’s questions in 3:10-14. What would you say is the theme of John’s responses in light of his overarching message (3:7-9) and mission (3:3-4)?
  6. What do you think it looks like to produce fruit in keeping with repentance today? What are of your life might need to produce fruit in keeping with repentance?
  7. John’s message lands him in prison (3:19-20), but not before he baptizes his cousin, Jesus of Nazareth (3:21-22). What does the baptism episode tell us about Jesus? (You may also want to look at parallel passages in Matthew 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-11.)
  8. The genealogy in 2:23-38 tells us that Jesus is David’s heir, Abraham’s seed, and the Son of God. Which of these titles of Jesus means the most to you?
  9. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

 


 

Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

  • Nov. 28          Luke 3:1-6; Matthew 3:4-6
  • Nov. 29          Isaiah 40:3-11
  • Nov. 30          Luke 3:7-14; Matthew 3:7-10
  • Dec. 1              Luke 3:15-20; Matthew 3:11-12
  • Dec. 2              Luke 3:21-23a; Matthew 3:13-17