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Discussion Questions: Luke 6:20-26

For the message, The Upside Down Kingdom given by Pastor John at New City Church on September 15, 2013

These discussion questions are designed to help you reflect upon and apply the message from the Scriptures. You can use these by yourself for reflection, or you could use these with your family or small group for discussion.

Introduction: When did you first realize that we live in a broken world? How old were you? What was that experience like? Questions: 1. Read Luke 6:20-26. What clues from the text indicate to whom Jesus is speaking? What contrast is he making? 2. Jesus contrasts they way things are now with the way things will one day be. In doing so, he is promising his disciples a rewarding future for whatever they endure to follow him. In light of this, consider & reflect upon this quote from CS Lewis work called The Weight of Glory: If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 3. In John 5:20, Jesus said, Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. Compare that with Philippians 1:29, For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake. Why dont these kinds of promises make their way on to calendars? Why dont we put these in picture frames? IOW, why do tend to ignore this side of Christianity and the message of Jesus and his kingdom? What does that say about us? 4. Read Acts 5:40-41. What did the apostles do when it cost them something to be Christians? 5. In the application of this message, Pastor John wondered out loud, How do we as North American Christians hear this passage? In other words, given our relatively easy life, what dangers does that present to us for following Christ? If Christ were to allow poverty, hunger, mourning, and persecution into our lives here in Calgary, would we still follow Christ? 6. How does remembering the Great Reversal that was the crucifixion of Jesus bolster us to live for him? Compare 1 Peter 3:18. 7. In this passage, Jesus is no doubt giving his followers another interpretation of reality. How does this eternal perspective of Jesus enable us to face opposition for him?

Conclusion: What is the one thing you want to take away from this study to remember or to make a change in your life? How does this text challenge you to follow Jesus?

Renewing your mind: Philippians 1:29, For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.