Sermon Summary: In this passage, Jesus challenges our typical way of thinking about ourselves, our lives, and others. He tells us that there are two ways of life— one leads to blessing and the other leads to pain. The only problem is that all of the things that we think lead to blessing, Jesus says leads to pain. What is Jesus teaching us here? He is pointing us beyond the material, into our hearts so that we might see our need for salvation.
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Memory Verse: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 5:20-21)
- Read through Luke 5:12-26. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
- Get to the Heart - What do you find most challenging about this section of Luke’s narrative? Why is it important to understand the context and the audience? What is Jesus teaching us about material things?
- Live the Way of Jesus - In what ways do you struggle with materialism? What does it look like for you to depend upon Jesus day by day rather than on material possessions or earthly pleasures?