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

Calling

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move, “with a messaged entitled, “Calling” from Luke 5 & 6. I built this message around the two essential movements of discipleship: coming to Jesus and going with Jesus to others. This “come and go” movement is seen in Peter being caught and then catching disciples, Levi being socially and spiritually healed and then inviting others to the healing, and the apostles being called to Jesus and send out by Jesus to call others.

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.

 

Caught and Catching (Luke 5:1-11)

The ignorant authority

The ordinary extraordinary

The commission

 

Healed and Healing (Luke 5:27-32)

The abrupt appointment

A banquet of outcasts

The declaration 

 

Called and Calling (Luke 5:11, 28; 6:12-16)

Leaving

Following

Going

 

 

7 on Multiplication (discussion questions)

becoming-7-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “7 on Multiplication,” which concluded our series, “Becoming 7,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Who has been one of your biggest influences, mentors, or encourages in life? Why have they been so important to you?
  2. This week we continue our “Becoming 7” series by looking at the importance of multiplying leaders for the sake of God’s kingdom work. We will look at three examples from Scripture on this. As you begin your study, ask God to speak to you about His kingdom and purposes in the world.
  3. Let’s turn our attention to the life of Moses. First, what do you know about Moses’ life and work? Now, turn to Exodus 18 and read it aloud. What is the situation? What is Moses’ problem and how is it affecting the people?
  4. In Exodus 18:13-23, what does Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggest Moses do and why would this be helpful for Moses and the people?
  5. How does Moses act on this here (18:24-27) and beyond (Numbers 27:12-23)?
  6. Now let’s look at how Jesus lives out this same principle of leadership multiplication. Read the following passages and summarize what Jesus was doing in each of them:
    • Luke 5:1-11, 27-32
    • Luke 6:12-16
    • Luke 9:1-6
    • Luke 10:1-20
    • Luke 24:36-39; Acts 1:4-8
  7. How would you summarize Jesus’ approach to multiplying ministry leaders?
  8. As we continue in the life of the early church we see a similar approach at work in the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Read Acts 20:4-5 and reflect on what we know about these men with Paul and what this tells us about what Paul is doing.
  9. Paul summarizes his principle of leadership multiplication in 2 Timothy 2:2. Read that aloud and restate it in your own words.
  10. Who are you developing in your life as a disciple or ministry leader? Write their name here: ___________________. How can you become more intentional and responsive to the Holy Spirit with that individual or those individuals? If you do not have anyone at this time, begin to pray that God would move you out to pour into someone else. Whether on your own or with a group, take some time to pray based off of what God was speaking to you during this study.

Making Space for Prayer (discussion questions)

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App Square Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Making Space for Prayer,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first of a three-part series, “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer from the Gospel of Luke. This week we looked at Luke 5:16; 6:12-13a; 9:18.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Answer one of these two questions:
    • What do you find most difficult about prayer?
    • What do you find most life-giving about prayer?
  2. At Eastbrook we are beginning a new series called “The Art of Prayer.” We are going to look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke as a way to learn about prayer ourselves. It’s good to begin a series on prayer in prayer! Take some time, whether on your own or with others, to asking God to teach you to pray before you begin this study.
  3. We are looking at three short, separate passages from Luke. Do the following for each of these passages: read them out loud, identify what is happening in the context of that passage, and then identify some key aspects of Jesus’ prayer life from the passage.
    • Luke 5:16
    • Luke 6:12a
    • Luke 9:18a
  1. In what ways do you think Jesus’ life of prayer is similar to our own life of prayer? In what ways is it different?
  2. What do you find to be the most significant lesson about prayer that you see from Jesus’ life and practice of prayer here?
  3. Make it real: What is one way you could put something you learned about prayer into practice in your daily life this week?

 

[Next week we continue this series by looking at one of Jesus’ major teachings on prayer in Luke 11:1-12. Read that passage ahead of time to prepare.]

Making Space for Prayer

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App WideThis past weekend at Eastbrook we began a new three-week series entitled “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer.

I began the series with a message entitled “Making Space for Prayer.” Jesus is the Master of prayer, and He makes space for prayer. We see this throughout the Gospel of Luke, and it comes clearest in Luke 5:16: “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” What does Jesus’ pattern of making space for prayer teach us about our own life of prayer?

You can watch the message here, following along with the outline below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

 

Beginnings of Prayer

The God who speaks (Genesis 1:3a)

 

The God who made us (Genesis 1:27)

 

The way we are made (Isaiah 43:21; Ephesians 2:10)

 

Desires, priorities, and making space for prayer

 

 

Jesus Makes Space for Prayer

Rhythm & Time (Luke 5:16)

 

Solitude & Silence (Luke 5:16)

 

Hearing What to Do (Luke 6:12-13a)

 

Hearing Who We Are (Luke 9:18)

 

Jesus Comes After Sick People

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

I am glad that Jesus comes after sick people. In Luke 5, Jesus pursues a man with leprosy, a paralyzed man, a social outcast who collects taxes for Rome, and even calls some people peripheral to society to be His closest followers. Jesus does not always look for the respectable people. No, what He most often does is to search after those who know they need help. He heals them (the leper), He forgives them (the paralyzed man), He spends time with them (the tax collector), and He commissions them for His purposes (the disciples).

I am glad that Jesus comes after sick people. I grew up Read More »