Zacchaeus: From Stealing to Salvation (Luke 19.1-10)

Here are this week’s Questions for Reflection.  If you have any issues, questions, thoughts, or concerns, please contact me directly at mbarnes@discoverthejoy.com.

Thanks!

~Pastor Matt

  1. Considering that Zacchaeus is described as “a chief tax collector who was wealthy” (verse 2), how do you think he was viewed within the Jewish community of first-century Jericho? Who in our society today might be comparable to Zacchaeus?  How can we do a better job of being hospitable toward all people?
  2. In the ancient world, important and wealthy men did not run and they certainly did not climb trees but in verses 3 and 4 we learn that Zacchaeus did both of those things! What does this say about Zacchaeus?  What can we learn from him here?
  3. What do you think about the word “must” that Jesus uses in verse 5? Why MUST Jesus do this?  And then what do you think about the word “gladly” in verse 5?  What is creating so much joy for Zacchaeus?
  4. Read through Zacchaeus’ response to Jesus in verse 8. What stands out to you?  What does this response tell you about Zacchaeus and his faith?
  5. In verse 10 Jesus reveals in one short phrase his entire mission: “to seek and save the lost.” Is that our mission too?  What about it is difficult?  How might we better participate in Jesus’ mission?

 

Takeaway: What are you willing to do to see Jesus and to participate in his mission?  What is one practical way you can be more in line with him this week?

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Mary and Martha: Being and Doing (Luke 10.38-42)

 

Here are the Questions for Reflection for last week’s sermon.  I hope you enjoy them!

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, questions, or comments, please contact me directly at mbarnes@discoverthejoy.com.  Thanks!

Pastor Matt

  1. How familiar are you with Luke 10.38-42, the story of Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary? Do you like this passage of Scripture? Why or why not?
  2. What is the main thing we can learn from this passage? What can we learn from Jesus here? What can we learn from Martha?  What can we learn from Mary?
  3. In verse 39 we are told that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching, which was a common way to talk about discipleship in the ancient world. However, back then it was quite rare for women to be allowed to be disciples in this way. What does this tell you about Jesus?  What does it tell you about Mary?
  4. The Greek word in verse 40 for “preparations” is diakonia, which means “service” and is where we get the English words “deacon” and “deaconate.” Does knowing that Martha was engaged in service in this passage change the way you think about her? If so, in what way?  If not, why not?
  5. The conversation between Jesus and Martha in verses 40-42 reveals that she is comparing herself to Mary, which is causing her lots of anxiety and is preventing her from learning from Jesus well in this moment. How common is Martha’s comparison issue for both men and women today? How can we prevent this problem?