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A Jesus Worth Investing In
-When you were growing up, what was something that you saved up to buy that you really looked forward to? Why?
Read and review the passage together.
I. The King's Visit
a. Why do you think Luke focuses on the story about Zacchaeus?
b. What are some themes that you noticed in this story?
c. Why do you think Zacchaeus was so excited to see Jesus?
d. How did salvation come to Zacchaeus?
e. What are things in our life that we need Jesus to visit and bring salvation?
II. The King's Value
a. The story of Zacchaeus reminds us that Jesus' Kingdom is worth investing. What makes His kingdom worth giving our lives away for?
b. Our money shows where our hearts are at; we always spend money on the things that we truly value. If you were to really look at your bank account and personal budgets, what would you see as a value in your life?
c. How can we grow in having our personal/family budgets reflect our Kingdom values?
III. The King's Virtue
a. Jesus finishes the passage with a parable about wise and unwise ways to use what God has given us for His Kingdom. What is being communicated about investments in this parable?
b. Pastor Duane says "But Jesus calls us to let go, to release our grasp and to entrust ourselves to Him. Having eternal treasure and the favor of the king is far better than hoarding earthly goods. When it comes to our resources, our time, talent and treasure this principle applies: use it or lose it. Use it or lose it. We can either use what God has given us for His purposes or we will ultimately lose not only that but our life." What do you think about that?
c. What time do you have to give to Jesus, His Kingdom, and His people?
d. What talents do you have to use for Him?
e. What treasure do you have to give to Him?
IV. Pray for one another!
The Jesus Who Provides
Picking up our Luke study this week after Easter, we look at the back half of Luke 18. A couple weeks ago we covered how Jesus taught about prayer through the parables of The Persistent Widow and The Pharisee and Tax Collector, this week we see Jesus teaching turn towards faith.
This is one of the passages in the Bible that suggests we should have "faith like a child" about God and His work.
What was something fun/silly you believed as a child that you wish was true?
Let's read the passage:
15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 But he said, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." 28 And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." 29 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."
31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 And he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight." 42 And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; your faith has made you well." 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Pastor Duane had 3 ideas that all sought to point out that God provides for what we long for and need.
KID FAITH (v 15-17)
Jesus was becoming an important person, and his disciples didn't want Him to have to deal with unimportant things like kids. Like many things in life Jesus turns it upside down by explaining how important the kids are and the Disciples should be more like them.
What does Jesus mean here when he says "receive the Kingdom of God like a child?"
What are some things that glom onto our simple faith unnecessarily complicating it?
RICH FAITH (v 18-30)
Jesus then takes a question from the crowd, another trick question from a rich young man who asked Jesus what he needs to do to earn the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all of his stuff to earn eternal life, bringing the young man to tears because he could not stand the though of losing his stuff.
Why do you think Jesus told him to sell all of his things? Does Jesus not want his followers to own anything?
What is something that you have a hard time leaving for God?
The disciples then look around so proud that they did leave all their physical goods for Jesus. They think they've completely checked the box to assure themselves eternal life.
What is something that we do now that gives us the self satisfaction that maybe we've checked that eternal life box?
How can we remind ourselves to look to God for eternal life, instead of continually trying to earn it?
Jesus then tells His disciples exactly why He is here, and how He will die. They don't get it. At all. They can't see any other way for this to end, they have a blind faith that Jesus is going to overthrow the government, lead a revolution, and together they will rule the world. They faith is blindly placed into their own plan for Jesus work.
What was a time where you wanted to God to do something your way, and He didn't? Where was your faith?
They then move onto a literal blind man full of faith. After a chapter full of encounters with people trying to tell Jesus why they should be allowed in His kingdom, this man is different in his approach and as a result Jesus restores him.
Why do you think Jesus asked the blind man "What do you want me to do for you?"
What are some things about the blind man that were different from the disciples and the rich young man?
In Jesus time, this man was unimportant and expendable, even more so than the children from earlier. Yet Jesus engaged and later died for Him.
Who is unimportant in your life that you need to engage and show love towards?
Pray with your group for a child like faith, a faith that powered by a love for God that overshadows all earthly things and a faith that believes in God for our restoration.
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction
by Eugene Peterson
Millions of people in our culture make decisions for Christ but there is a dreadful attrition rate. Many claim to have been born again, but the evidence for mature Christian disciples is slim. In our kind of culture anything, even news about God, can be sold if it is packaged freshly; but when it loses its novelty, it goes on the garbage heap; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier Christians called holiness.
Religion in our time has been captured by the tourist mindset. Religion is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church; for other, occasional visits to special services.
‘The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is … that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.’ It is this ‘long obedience in the same direction; which the mood of the world does so much to discourage.”
Easter Clean Up
March 26-31 | 10am - 4pm
According to a national survey, clean facilitlies is the third most important reason a person considers when attending a church, right behind the preaching and worship music. We realize the importance of this, so we would love your help cleaning our facilities before Easter, our biggest Sunday of the year!
If you'd like to pitch in, come any day from Monday, March 26 through Saturday March 31 from 10am - 4pm and check something off the list below!
• scrub walls, stall panels, and doors
• clean floors
• clear out chairs to sweep and mop
• clean and paint walls as needed
R | Kids
• vacuum and clean carpets
• clean and paint walls as needed
• replace stained ceiling tiles
• stain east side pergolas
• finish picnic tables to match
• hose down parking lot
• wash and clean windows
Living Room + Halls
• clear out couches and table to sweep and mop
• replace burnt out flourecent lighting
• clean and paint walls as needed
• organize and clean as needed
What Is The Kingdom of God?
by George Eldon Ladd
1. Some passages of Scripture refer to the Kingdom of God as God’s reign.
2. Some passages refer to God’s Kingdom as the realm into which we may now enter to experience the blessings of His reign.
3. Still other passages refer to a future realm which will come only with the return of our Lord Jesus Christ into which we shall then enter and experience.
Thus the Kingdom of God means three different things in different verses. One has to study all the references in the light of their context and then try to fit them together in an overall interpretation.
Fundamentally, as we have seen, the Kingdom of God is God's sovereign reign; but God's reign expresses itself in different stages through redemptive history. Therefore, men may enter into the realm of God's reign in its several stages of manifestation and experience the blessings of His reign in differing degrees. God's Kingdom is the realm of the Age to Come, popularly called heaven; then we shall realize the blessings of His Kingdom (reign) in the perfection of their fullness. But the Kingdom is here now. There is a realm of spiritual blessing into which we may enter today and enjoy in part but in reality the blessings of God's Kingdom (reign).
We pray, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." The confidence that this prayer is to be answered when God brings human history to the divinely ordained consummation enables the Christian to retain his balance and sanity of mind in this mad world in which we live. Our hearts go out to those who have no such hope. Thank God, His Kingdom is coming, and it will fill all the earth.
But when we pray, "Thy Kingdom come," we also ask that God's will be done here and now, today. This is the primary concern of these expositions, that the reader might meet the Kingdom of God, or rather, that the Kingdom of God might meet him. We should also pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done" in my church as it is in heaven. The life and fellowship of a Christian church ought to be a fellowship of people among whom God's will is done-a bit of heaven on earth. "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done" in my life, as it is in heaven. This is included in our prayer for the coming of the Kingdom.
Growing As God's Children
1 John 2:28 - 3:10
The week Pastor Ryan picked up our study of 1 John study of "Simple Faith" to discuss what it means to grow as God's children.
Growing up did you ever wish you were someone else's child? A friend's parents, a celebrity, a fictional character?
Who and why did you choose them?
Let's read through our text:
[1Jo 2:28- 3:1-10 ESV] 28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in
Was there anything that stuck out from the text?
Pastor Ryan had 3 ideas he wanted to share
BELONGING (vs 28-29)
What are some other groups or communities you belong to that have shaped you?
the Apostle John calls on us to "abide in him" in verse 28. Pastor Ryan explained that "abiding" is to be here, totally present.
What does that look like then to "abide in him"?
Pastor Ryan explained that we're meant to abide not just
What is something someone in the Church family has done to make you feel like they were excited to see you? Or curious about you?
BELOVED vs 1-2
The Apostle John goes on to focus on the idea of God as a father and proclaims us as His beloved children now. He is our father who loves us. Pastor Rich Plass has said that " The first and primary movement of the Christian religion is the ability to receive love"
What about our experiences with human love can make it hard to accept God's love?
What makes God's love easier to accept?
We love to think of love as something we do and not something we feel. God is unique in that His feeling of love and his actions of love can be perfectly aligned. God's love is certain, constant, and celebratory. Pastor Ryan took us to the passage in 1 Corinthians 13:12 that explains that we see dimly but soon we shall see face to face. We have an idea
What pictures have you seen in your life that dimly show you God's certain, constant, and celebratory love?
BECOMING v 3-10
The Apostle John gives us some things that prove we're in
What are some of those proofs?
We're told to practice righteousness
The "practice" here is different than our normal idea of "gradual perfection through repetition".
The righteousness here isn't the legal righteousness from Romans
Why would practicing righteousness confirm that we're God's children?
What does it look like for you to practice righteousness this week?
Pray thanking God for allowing us to be in His family, that we'd have
The Slippery Slope of Conflict
There are three basic ways that people respond to conflict. These responses may be arranged on a curve that resembles a hill. On the left slope of the hill we find the escape responses to conflict. On the right side are the attack responses. And in the center we find the peacemaking responses. Imagine that this hill is covered with ice. If you go too far to the left or the right, you can lose your footing and slide down the slope. Similarly, when you experience conflict, it is easy to become defensive or antagonistic. Both responses make matters worse and can lead to more extreme reactions. If you want to stay on top of this slippery slope, you need to do two things. First, ask God to help you resist the natural inclination to escape or attack when faced with conflict. Second, ask him to help you develop the ability to live out the gospel by using the peacemaking response that is best suited to resolving a particular conflict. Let’s look at each of these responses in more detail.
The three responses found on the left side of the slippery slope are called the escape responses. People tend to use these responses when they are more interested in avoiding a conflict than in resolving it. This attitude is common within the church, because many Christians believe that all conflict is wrong or dangerous. Thinking that Christians should always agree, or fearing that conflict will inevitably damage relationships, these people usually do one of three things to escape from conflict. Denial. One way to escape from a conflict is to pretend that it does not exist. Or, if we cannot deny that the problem exists, we simply refuse to do what should be done to resolve a conflict properly. These responses bring only temporary relief and usually make matters worse (see Gen. 16:1–6; 1 Sam. 2:22–25). Flight. Another way to escape from a conflict is to run away. This may include leaving the house, ending a friendship, quitting a job, filing for divorce, or changing churches. In most cases, running away only postpones a proper solution to a problem (see Gen.16:6–8), so flight is usually a harmful way to deal with conflict.Of course, there may be times when it is appropriate to respectfully withdraw from a confusing or emotional situation temporarily to calm down, organize your thoughts, and pray. Flight may also be a legitimate response in seriously threatening circumstances, such as cases of physical or sexual abuse (see 1 Sam. 19:9–10). If a family is involved in such a situation, however, every reasonable effort should still be made to find trustworthy assistance and come back to seek a lasting solution to the problem. (I will discuss this in more detail in chapter 9.) Suicide. When people lose all hope of resolving a conflict, they may seek to escape the situation (or make a desperate cry for help) by attempting to take their own lives (see 1 Sam. 31:4). Suicide is never the right way to deal with conflict. Tragically, however, suicide has become the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, partly because so many children have never learned how to deal with conflict constructively.
The three responses found on the right side of the slippery slope are called the attack responses. These responses are used by people who are more interested in winning a conflict than in preserving a relationship. This attitude is seen in people who view conflict as a contest or a chance to assert their rights, to control others, or to take advantage of their situation. Attack responses are typically used by people who are strong and self-confident. But they may also be used by those who feel weak, fearful, insecure, or vulnerable. Whatever the motive, these responses are directed at bringing as much pressure to bear on opponents as is necessary to eliminate their opposition. Assault. Some people try to overcome an opponent by using various forms of force or intimidation, such as verbal attacks (including gossip and slander), physical violence, or efforts to damage a person financially or professionally (see Acts 6:8–15). Such conduct always makes conflicts worse. Litigation. Another way to force people to bend to our will is to take them to court. Although some conflicts may legitimately be taken before a civil judge (see Acts 24:1–26:32; Rom. 13:1–5), lawsuits usually damage relationships and often fail to achieve complete justice. When Christians are involved on both sides, their witness can be severely damaged. This is why Christians are commanded to settle their differences within the church rather than in the civil courts (1 Cor. 6:1–8). Therefore, it is important to make every effort to settle a dispute out of court whenever possible (Matt. 5:25–26; see appendix D for further discussion). Murder. In extreme cases, people may be so desperate to win a dispute that they will try to kill those who oppose them (see Acts 7:54–58). While most Christians would not actually kill someone, we should never forget that we stand guilty of murder in God’s eyes when we harbor anger or contempt in our hearts toward others (see 1 John 3:15; Matt. 5:21–22). There are two ways that people move into the attack zone. Some resort to an attack response the minute they encounter a conflict.Others move into this zone after they have tried unsuccessfully to escape from a conflict. When they can no longer ignore, cover up, or run away from the problem, they go to the other extreme and attack those who oppose them.
The six responses found on the top portion of the slippery slope are called the peacemaking responses. These responses are commanded by God, empowered by the gospel, and directed toward finding just and mutually agreeable solutions to conflict. Each of these responses will be discussed in detail in the following chapters, but for now we will do a brief overview. The first three peacemaking responses may be referred to as “personal peacemaking,” because they may be carried out personally and privately, just between you and the other party. The vast majority of conflicts in life should and can be resolved in one of these ways. Overlook an offense. Many disputes are so insignificant that they should be resolved by quietly and deliberately overlooking an offense. “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense” (Prov. 19:11; see also 12:16; 17:14; Col. 3:13; 1 Peter 4:8). Overlooking an offense is a form of forgiveness and involves a deliberate decision not to talk about it, dwell on it, or let it grow into pent-up bitterness or anger. Reconciliation. If an offense is too serious to overlook or has damaged the relationship, we need to resolve personal or relational issues through confession, loving correction, and forgiveness. “[If] your brother has something against you . . . go and be reconciled” (Matt. 5:23–24; see Prov. 28:13). “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently” (Gal. 6:1; see Matt. 18:15). “Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Col. 3:13). Negotiation. Even if we successfully resolve relational issues, we may still need to work through material issues related to money, property, or other rights. This should be done through a cooperative bargaining process in which you and the other person seek to reach a settlement that satisfies the legitimate needs of each side. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). When a dispute cannot be resolved through one of the personal peacemaking responses, God calls us to use one of the next three peacemaking responses, referred to as “assisted peacemaking.” These responses require the involvement of other people from your church or Christian community. Mediation. If two people cannot reach an agreement in private, they should ask one or more objective outside people to meet with them to help them communicate more effectively and explore possible solutions. “If he will not listen [to you], take one or two others along” (Matt. 18:16). These mediators may ask questions and give advice, but they have no authority to force you to accept a particular solution. Arbitration. When you and an opponent cannot come to a voluntary agreement on a material issue, you may appoint one or more arbitrators to listen to your arguments and render a binding decision to settle the issue. In 1 Corinthians 6:1–8, Paul indicates that this is how Christians ought to resolve even their legal conflicts with one another: “If you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church” (1 Cor. 6:4). Accountability. If a person who professes to be a Christian refuses to be reconciled and do what is right, Jesus commands church leaders to formally intervene to hold him or her accountable to Scripture and to promote repentance, justice, and forgiveness: “If he refuses to listen [to others], tell it to the church” (Matt. 18:17). Direct church involvement is often viewed negatively among Christians today, but when it is done as Jesus instructs—lovingly, redemptively, and restoratively—it can be the key to saving relationships and bringing about justice and peace.
Excerpt from Peacemaker by Ken Sande
A Jesus Who Forgives
What is something that you did in the past, but were never caught?
What is forgiveness? An absorption, a taking in without retaliating, a giving up of control.
Forgiveness hears [vs. 1-6]
How does Jesus view sin in relationships?
What is to be our posture toward one another regarding sin?
If we find ourselves unable to forgive, what might this be telling us about ourselves? About our faith in God?
Forgiveness Hurts [vs. 7-10]
What happens when someone chooses not to forgive us? What about when we choose not to forgive someone else?
How often should I forgive someone who is chronically hurting me?
Who do you find difficult to forgive in your life? Why?
Forgiveness Heals [vs. 11-19]
We see that of the ten lepers only one comes back to thank Jesus. How
Follow up from last week: What is the difference between forgiveness and mercy? How might the two relate to each other? Who do you have a hard time having mercy towards? Why?
How does forgiveness produce healing in our lives and in our relationships?
Pray for one another
On Loving God
by Bernard of Vlairvaux
Men are driven by an insatiable ambition to clutch at still greater prizes. And nowhere is there any final satisfaction, because nothing there can be defined as absolutely the best or highest. No matter how many such things one has, he is always lusting after what he has not; never at peace, he sighs for new possessions.
Discontented, the spends himself in fruitless toil, and finds only weariness in the evanescent and unreal pleasures of the world. In his greediness, he counts all that he has clutched as nothing in comparison to what is beyond his grasp, and loses all pleasure by longing after what he has not, yet covets.
It is so that these ones wander in a circle, longing after something to gratify their yearnings, yet madly rejecting that which alone can bring them to their desired end…the love of God. God has no gift better than Himself. He gives Himself as prize and reward. And therein the soul says God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.