How it works: First, read the scripture (it is also included in the video). Second, watch the message. Third, work through the reflection questions. While it is not required, we do recommend that you write down your answers in a journal of some kind. Blessings to you as you engage in the spiritual disciplines for a holy Lent.
Scripture: Luke 13: 31-35
Related Scripture: Matthew 23:13-39
- Verses 34 and 35 are found almost verbatim in the gospel of Matthew but the context is different. The version in Luke takes place at the beginning of a slow trip to Jerusalem but the Matthew version takes place on the Monday of Holy Week leading up the crucifixion.
- These different contexts give the same words different meanings. In the Luke version verse 35 seems to be foreshadowing the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday. However, the same words in Matthew seem to be looking more to the second coming of Jesus.
- There are several instances in the bible where prophets are recording being killed in Jerusalem. As one example, 2 Chronicles 24:17-22 accounts the stoning of Zechariah during the reign of King Joash.
- Pastor pointed out that the number of people who claim no religious affiliation has been steadily growing. How have you seen our culture become less religious?
- Does your heart break for the people of the community that do not know Jesus? If not, why do you think that is? If so, what action does that spur you to take?
- When is the last time you invited someone to church? Who are at least two people you can consider inviting?
- Pastor said: “we can still approach this town as if we were missionaries who have been sent here by God to love the people and share Jesus with them.” What would you do differently if you lived like you were a missionary to your community?
The sermon quoted a statistic from the book Get Their Name by Bob Farr, Doug Anderson and Kay Kotan. In that book the authors also worte:
“So if everyone invited someone to church as often as you do, how would your church be doing? To take it a step further, if everyone started a conversation with the un-churched as often as you do, how would the church be doing? If the business of the church is Jesus and people, how is business?
Consider and possibly journal about your response to those questions. Do you think you are doing enough to contribute to “the business of the church”? What is a tangible next step that you can take?