Compassion (discussion questions)

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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

Compassion

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Compassion” from Luke 8:40-56 and 9:37-43. These three stories from two chapters in Luke show us the wonder-working power of Jesus, but that wasn’t the focus of my message. Instead, I called us to step back and see the compassionate love of God wrapped all through and around Jesus’ interactions with people.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

Compassion that Stops (Luke 8:40-48)

Unclean

Touching Jesus

Trembling turned to peace

 

Compassion that Goes (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56)

Broken

Pursuing and welcoming Jesus

Grieving turned to joy

 

Compassion that Comes Down (Luke 9:37-43)

Troubled

Asking and approaching Jesus

Unbelief overcome with deliverance

 

Word and Deed

appearing-series-gfx_app-squareI’m catching up on some old posts here on my blog, but wanted to repost my message from the last weekend of Advent entitled “Word and Deed” from Luke 4:31-44. This was the final part of our series entitled “Appearing” at Eastbrook Church from Luke 3 and 4. You can find the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. Also, I’d like to invite you join in with the weekday reading plan for the entire Gospel of Luke series here.

 

Promise

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church we launched into our new extended journey into the Gospel of Luke, with the first  series called “Beginnings.”  This series looks at the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel, and sets the stage for the public appearing of Jesus. This first message, “Promise,” walks through the promise and life calling of John the Baptist, as well as his coming impact upon his parents and the nation.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13)

 

Hungering for the Promise (Amos 8:11-12)

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
    “when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
    but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
    and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
    but they will not find it.

 

Preparing for the Promise (Luke 1:5-17)

 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid,Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.

 

Shocked by the Promise (Luke 1:18-22)

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

 

Healing in the Promise (Luke 1:23-25)

25 “The Lord has done this for me,” Elizabeth said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

 

God’s View of Sexuality (discussion questions)

HS 4Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “God’s View of Sexuality,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “Holy Sexuality.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. As we approach this new series, “Holy Sexuality,” what do you most hope to learn and how do you most hope to grow with God?
  1. This first week in our “Holy Sexuality” series we will look at God’s view of sexuality. We will explore a number of Scripture passages. Before starting this study, take some time to pray, asking God to clearly speak to you and praying for the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
  1. In Genesis 1:27-28, we read that Adam and Eve were made “in the image of God.” What do you notice in these two verses about what that means, as well as their responsibilities in the world?
  1. Genesis 2:21-25 recounts the creation of Eve with Adam. What stands out to you about the purpose and plan of God in this unique female-male relationship?
  1. Read Genesis, chapter 3. This chapter tells of Adam and Eve’s temptation and the first act of sin – disobedience to God – in human experience. In light of this chapter’s events, look at Genesis 2:25 again. How would you describe the power of sin and shame in these first few chapters of Genesis?\
  1. In what ways do you think that sin and shame affects our sexuality? How have you seen this in others? How have you seen it in your own life?
  1. The power of the gospel, which literally means ‘good news’, is that in Jesus the Messiah, our sin is forgiven, shame is removed, and brokenness is healed at the Cross. Read the story in John 7:53-8:11. What happens for the woman in this story?
  1. How does this story provide a picture of Jesus’ work in our own sexual brokenness and sin? What sin in thought, word, or deed needs to be forgiven in your life? Where do you need freedom and release within your sexuality through Jesus today in order to move forward in life?
  1. Revelation 21 paints a beautiful picture of the ultimate restoration of the cosmos in Jesus. Read verses 1-5 aloud. How does this give you hope today? What hopes do you have about the new heaven and new earth related to sexuality?
  1. What is one way God is speaking to you through this study? How might your thinking about, words about, or actions with sexuality need to be changed? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray about these things together. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.