Sunday, January 28, 2024

Luke 18:18-30

People consciously live their lives in ways that maximize perceived benefits while minimizing perceived consequences. Following Jesus leads to life everlasting, but it also means giving him everything you are and everything you own.

Starting Out:
1. What is the most generous gift you’ve ever received?

Read Luke 18:18-21:
2. Why do you think the ruler’s question is couched in terms of behavior? (“What must I do…?”)
3. Why did Jesus only choose to quote half of the Ten Commandments? Is there any significance to the commandments he chose to list or leave out?
4. The ruler is confident in his morality as it relates to the commandments Jesus lists. Should he have been?

Read Luke 18:22-27:
5. Why does Jesus make his invitation to follow dependent on the separation of the ruler from his possessions?
6. The ruler’s reaction to Jesus’s invitation was sorrow because of his great wealth. Why do you think he experienced sadness instead of indignation or anger like many others who rejected Jesus?
7. Is Jesus talking about literal needles and camels, or is he using hyperbole to make a larger point?

Read Luke 18:28-30:
8. Peter notes the cost of following Jesus for the disciples. Why do you think he brought this up?
9. Is abandoning one’s home and family necessary to follow Jesus? Under what circumstances might it be?
10. Jesus promises reparations for faithful sacrifice “in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (vs 30) What rewards might one look for “in this time?”

Taking it Home:
11. The cost of following Jesus for the ruler was his earthly possessions. Has following Jesus cost you anything significant? Should it?
12. The average middle-class American is astonishingly wealthy in the context of global human history. Have you ever thought of your relative wealth as a barrier to following Jesus?
13. Have you ever observed a life change that was “impossible with man” but “possible with God?”

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Acts 4:32-37, Job 42, Psalm 128