Discussion Guide: Reversal Week 16

Before We Get Started

For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.

Prayer

Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or  anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.

This Week’s Topic

Today, we continue our series titled, Reversal. We will be taking some time to walk through the Gospel account of Luke. Luke was an historian who set out to document the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the impact it had on the world of his day. What we see in Luke’s account is that when Jesus gets involved in the life of a person, things get turned upside-down and inside-out. Jesus brings about a reversal of everything we thought we knew.

Today’s Topic

Banqueting

Discussion Questions

What is the most generous think you’ve ever experienced or seen?

Luke 14:12-14

“He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 

We mentioned the Patronage System of Rome in the sermon Sunday (giving in order to get). How does that cultural system compare or contrast to our American culture today?

What would you say is the ultimate motivation behind that kind of giving?

Why do you think this mindset is something Jesus wanted to confront and correct?

Luke 12:33-34

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Corrie Ten Boom

“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”

Why should this kind of extraordinary, sacrificial generosity be associated with Christianity?

Why might that kind of generosity impact the people around us?

What would you say is the ultimate motivation behind this kind of giving?

Ephesians 5:1-2

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

When you think about what Jesus has done for you, how does it affect you?

Closing Thought

What could a community of people who call Jesus King, and who live extraordinary, sacrificially generous lives accomplish in our city, nation, world?



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