Whether you’re a preschooler, a pre-teen or a fully-grown adult, nothing feels worse than to be on the outside looking in. Conversely, perhaps nothing in this world feels better than to be included – into a family, a group or a community. Jesus knew that, and was just the greatest at bringing and including people into his grace-filled circle of belonging. What a God! Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read Luke 13:10-17
How does the woman’s encounter with Jesus differ from the religious leader’s encounter with Jesus? What does this passage have to teach us about the practice of invitation?
Day 2: Read Luke 6:27-45
What is the real danger in judging others? What does Jesus mean in verses 37-38? Does Jesus mean that he will withhold forgiveness from us if we do not forgive one another, or does he mean something else? Explain.
Day 3: Read Luke 18:9-14
What is the point of the parable about the Pharisee and tax collector? How does this speak to our development of a practice of invitation?
Day 4: Read Matthew 1:1-5
Often what bothers us the most in other people is what bothers us the most about ourselves. What does this passage have to say about that?
Day 5: Read Acts 10
What sort of barriers and dividing walls is the kingdom of God moving over and knocking down in Acts 10? What does it mean for the gospel to be offered even to the Romans? What does that mean for us as members of this kingdom?
Day 6: Read Acts 16
What is the significance of Lydia’s conversion? What sort of barriers is the kingdom of God moving over here? Is this still an issue that needs to be resolved in the church today? Explain. How do Paul and Silas demonstrate the upside down and inside out nature of the kingdom of God to the jailer? What was the result?
Day 7: Read Luke 5:17-26
What do you admire about the men who lowered their friend to Jesus? What motivated them to do such a thing? Who is someone that you are willing to do that for? Who is someone that you want to see put his or her faith in Jesus? Commit to praying for them every day for the next six weeks.
Luke 13:10-17 / Nick Cunningham / March 21-22, 2015
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