Kingdom Manifesto - Gospel According to Luke Conversation #1

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Message Text: Genesis 1-2
Message Theme: God is not behind us trying to take us back to a perfect moment in the past that we strayed from. God is ahead of us inviting us forward into God's perfect future.

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Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever heard what you thought was “good news” that actually turned out to be bad news?
    Or conversely, something you first thought was bad that wound up being really good?
    Share your experience with the group.
  2. Collin mentioned that the gospel writers stole the word euangelion ("good news") from Caesar and his announcements of conquest.
    What significance does that co-opting of language signify?
  3. Like the old “good news/bad news” lines, the gospel as Jesus relates it in Luke is one or the other depending on who you were.
    Read Luke 6:20-26.
    Who would have experienced Jesus' sermon as good news?
    would have experienced Jesus' sermon as bad news?
    How should we receive the sermon?
  4. If God is filled with grace for all people, why does he seem to play favorites based on Jesus' words in these verses?
    What are the implications?
  5. Discuss the G. K. Chesterton quote: "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried."
    Is this quote accurate/true?
    Would you agree or disagree and why?
  6. Read Luke 6:27-38.
    Jesus clearly teaches things that we are to do and not do based on his words.
    How would the world look different if Christians truly lived this out?
  7. How do radical love and generosity play a role in living out these commands of Jesus?
  8. Read Luke 6:43-49.
    What do the images of the tree and building the house reveal about the way we are to live as followers of Jesus?
  9. Describe what you plan to do this week to reshape your priorities and actions as a follower of Jesus?