Transfigured (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Transfigured,” 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 9:28-36.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you experienced real jaw-dropping awe in your life? What happened or where were you?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week by looking at Luke 9:28-36. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word, and then read the text aloud.
  3. This story occurs after many miracles, as well as Peter’s declaration that Jesus is God’s Messiah (9:20) and Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection (9:21-27). Like many other pivotal events, this episode arises in the context of prayer. Why do you think that is important?
  4. Jesus’ physical transformation seems to be a ‘sneak preview’ of the glory of God found in Him. Moses and Elijah stand nearby and talk with Jesus. Read Deuteronomy 18:14-21 and Malachi 4:5-6. What would you say is the significance of Moses and Elijah’s presence here?
  5. Peter, John and James are startled to attention by this amazing sight. Peter wants to build booths, which may refer to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:13-17). Why do you think Peter says this?
  6. The appearance of a cloud over this glorious gathering is reminiscent of the glory of God covering His people in a cloud (Exodus 40:34-35; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14). What does the voice from the cloud tell us about who Jesus is; even who Jesus is compared to Moses and Elijah?
  7. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Take some time in stillness and silence to reflect on the glory of the Lord.
  8. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


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.

Feb. 20           Luke 9:28-36
Feb. 21           Matthew 17:1-13; Matthew 3:1-3
Feb. 22           Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 3:16-17
Feb. 23           Mark 9:2-13
Feb. 24           Acts 2:22-23; Deuteronomy 18:15, 18

Messiah (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Messiah,” 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 9:18-21.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do people in society at large or in your relational sphere say about Jesus?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week by looking at three brief but incredibly important verses. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word, and then read Luke 9:18-20 aloud.
  3. Background: This brief passage is one of the most significant moments in Jesus’ self-revelation and the disciples’ grasp of His identity. It comes after much teaching (6:17-49), many miracles (8:22-56; 9:10-17) and the sending out of the Twelve apostles (9:1-6), but before the transfiguration (9:28-36).
  4. This episode happens in the context of prayer. Why do you think that is important? Where else do you see prayer as important in Jesus’ ministry and life in Luke?
  5. Jesus asks His disciples who the crowds say that He is (9:18)? What sort of answers do they give (9:19)? Look at Luke 8:25 and 9:7-9 for background on the thinking of the crowd.
  6. Next, Jesus asks the disciples about their own view of Him (9:20). What do you think Jesus’ intention was in turning this question from the crowds to the disciples?
  7. Peter responds that Jesus is “God’s Messiah” (NIV) or “the Christ of God” (ESV) [the word christos is the Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word messiah]. What is significant about this response from Peter?
  8. If Jesus asked you the question, “who do you say that I am?” how would you respond?
  9. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


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.

Feb. 13           Luke 9:10-17; John 6:14-15
Feb. 14           John 6:25-40
Feb. 15           Luke 9:18-22; Matthew 16:13-20
Feb. 16           Luke 9:23-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
Feb. 17           2 Timothy 2:3-13

Sending (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Sending,” 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 9:1-6, 57-62; 10:1-24.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you really become a follower of Jesus in your life? What was the decisive moment for you? If it hasn’t happened yet, what has lead you to this point?
  2. As we continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week, we will study three stories from Luke 9 and 10. 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 9:1-6 and 10:1-24 aloud.
  3. These two episodes parallel one another. At a purely observational level, what is different about these two different stories of sending?
  4. In Luke 9:1-2 & 9:6, what do you notice about Jesus’ commissioning of the Twelve apostles and their fulfillment of that mission? Now compare what is similar or different about the commissioning of the 72 in Luke 10:1-3, 8, & 17.
  5. Jesus calls the disciples to have a lean ministry as they go out (see 9:3-4; 10:4-7). Why do you think Jesus instructed His disciples in this way?
  6. Now, turn to the third episode in Luke 9:57-62 and read it aloud. What is the key issue for the first of these three potential followers of Jesus (9:57-58)?
  7. What is the significant issue for the second follower (9:59-60)? What would you say is the meaning of Jesus’ response to this follower?
  8. The third potential follower encounters Jesus in 9:61-62. What is his key issue and what is Jesus addressing with him?
  9. Which of these three potential followers do you most relate to and why? What is one way Jesus’ words about following Him apply to you today?
  10. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


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.

Feb. 6             Luke 9:1-9; Mark 6:7-13
Feb. 7             Luke 10:1-16; Matthew 11:20-24
Feb. 8             Luke 10:17-24; Isaiah 14:12-15
Feb. 9             Luke 9:57-62
Feb. 10           Luke 14:25-33

Compassion (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Compassion,” 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 8:40-56 and 9:37-43.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you experience compassion from someone directly or observe it in someone else?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at three stories from Luke 8 and 9. 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 8:40-56 and 9:37-43 aloud.
  3. In these three stories, Jesus encounters three different types of people and situations. Take a moment to compare and contrast the three different groups of people he is spending time with: who are they?; what is their predicament?; why do they seek out Jesus?; what else do you notice?
  4. Jesus’ first encounter is interrupted by the second encounter with a woman suffering from a bleeding problem (8:43-48). What do you find most surprising about this story? What do you notice most about how Jesus responds to this woman and her difficulties?
  5. The delay with this woman apparently keeps Jesus from reaching his destination in Jairus’ daughter (8:49). What does Jesus do in response to this news? What is different about Jesus from everyone else here?
  6. Have you ever had a time when you felt afraid to approach Jesus like the woman or like Jesus didn’t show up on time as with Jairus’ daughter? What happened?
  7. The third story takes place immediately after the transfiguration, where Jesus’ glory is revealed. What is notable about Jesus’ response to this situation in contrast with His disciples’ response?
  8. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


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. 30          Luke 8:40-48; Mark 5:21-34
Jan. 31           Luke 8:49-56; Mark 5:35-43
Feb. 1             Luke 9:37-43
Feb. 2             Mark 1:40-44
Feb. 3             John 3:16; 1 John 5:1-11

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