The Gospel According to Jesus, Part 1

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.’” – Luke 4:43

  1. What is the central theme of Jesus’ message?
    • Mark 1:14-15
    • Luke 4:43 (What’s the mission he was sent for?)
    • Luke 8:1
    • Luke 9:2,11,60
    • Luke 10:9-11
    • Luke 16:16
    • Luke 17:20-21 (The King embodies the Kingdom)
    • Matthew 4:17,23
    • Matthew 24:14
    • Acts 1:3 (Even after his resurrection, what was he speaking about?)
  1. What is the significance of Jesus being the descendant of David (Luke 1:31-33; 1 Timothy 6:13-16)?
    • Matthew 1:1
    • Matthew 12:23
    • Matthew 20:30-34
    • Matthew 21:9
    • Luke 4:18-19 (“The Lord’s Anointed,” 1 Samuel 24:6) – Who is Jesus identifying as? What does it mean to be anointed?
    • John 7:40-42
    • Revelation 22:16
  1. What is the scope of the Kingdom Jesus proclaimed?
    • Luke 2:29-32
    • Isaiah 42:6-7, 49:6
    • John 8:12, 10:16
    • Acts 13:47
    • Acts 26:23
  1. How did Jesus represent the Kingdom on the earth?
    • Matthew 4:23-25 – Power over illness
    • Luke 7:11-17 – Power over death
    • Luke 4:40-41, 11:14-23 – Power over the dark spiritual forces
    • John 16:33; Matthew 10:26-33, 11:28-30 – Power over the troubles of this world
    • Jesus on earth was showing what it will be like when Heaven and Earth are joined back together. The new creation was breaking into the old creation. God’s will was being done on earth as it is in heaven.
  1. Why do you think the term “upside-down kingdom” has been used to describe God’s Kingdom?
    • Luke 1:46-55
    • Matthew 5:2-12
    • Matthew 20:16,25-28; Luke 22:24-30
    • Matthew 23:8-12
  1. What would a man have to preach to cause his followers to leave absolutely everything behind to follow him, and to cause his detractors to plot and carry out his murder? What would a man have to preach to cause the ruling government to crucify him as a traitor? It would have to be much more than being a nice guy teaching about love, feeding the hungry and healing the sick…
    • Luke 2:10-11 (What do the words “Savior,””Christ,” and “Lord” mean?)
    • John 18:33-37
    • Acts 17:5-8 (Who is the true king?)

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