Wednesday, June 29, 2011

TLWCD to enter God's Rest...

This Wednesday we looked at 3 Scriptures: Hebrews 3:7-19; Hebrews 10:19-25 and I Thessalonians 5. Again we asked the question... What's the least we can do?   to enter God's rest... to enter the Most High place... to be a child of the light/day?
Step 2 of the exercise forced us to come up with some things that we can do as everyday/any day, practical, real-life activities for God.
The results of the 3 groups/3 Scriptures will be posted as replies to this post.
Feel free to add your own thoughts, comments and questions!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Everyday Practices for Luke 9 and 14

OK. This past week we re-examined Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 14:15-35 to see how we could translate those Scriptures (the least we could do) to follow Jesus into everyday practices. This proved to be a difficult task as many of us were able to identify common themes and concepts but had a more difficult time with the concrete.

Some things I remember from Wednesday... please add your own ideas
1. Make yourself available to God and to serve others
2. Invite (bring, drag) ALL people to the feast/banquet of the Master
3. Pray for wisdom, guidance, clarity, etc. (Psalm 139:23-24)
4. Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)
5. Read the Bible

What's the least you can do to follow Jesus? What does that look like in your everyday life and practices?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Week 4: Luke 14:15-35

This week we divided into three groups and looked at three different aspects of Luke 14:15-35.

Section 1: Luke 14:15-24, The Parable of the Great Banquet
1. Overall, how does this parable relate to the call of an individual to the, "banquet" of God?
2. What is the least they could do to get to the banquet? (The people in the parable who were invited to the banquet)
3. Did the master do enough to get people to come to the banquet? What is the least He could do?
4. What's the least we can do?

Section 2: Luke 14:25-27
1. Did Jesus say things like this to intentionally thin out His crowd?
2. What is hyperbole? Is Jesus using hyperbole with His "hate" comment? Is this a comparative statement?
3. Explain how we can process this statement. Is the least I can do, hate my family? My own life?
4. What does it mean to hate your family?
5. What does it mean to hate your own life?

Section 3: Luke 14:28-35
1.Why is it so important to count the cost?
2. How does vs 35 connect to the rest of this passage?