The Gospel According to Jesus, Part 2

“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:38-39

  1. Is our King reigning right now? Who/what is he reigning over?
    • Ephesians 1:15-23
    • Colossians 1:15-20
    • Hebrews 13:8
  1. What did Jesus add to John the Baptist’s message (see Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17,19)?
  1. What does it cost to be a disciple of Jesus and a citizen of his Kingdom?
    • Luke 9:23-26,57-62
    • Luke 14:25-33
    • Luke 20:24-25
    • Matthew 10:16-39
    • Philippians 3:3-11
    • 1 Peter 4:12-19
  1. What is the reward of his Kingdom?
    • Mark 10:23-31, Matthew 19:21-30
    • Matthew 6:33, 10:40-42
    • Colossians 3:23-24
    • Romans 8:17
    • 1 Peter 1:3-9
  1. What threatens to lure us away from his Kingdom? (Mark 4:18-19, Matthew 6:24)
    • How might Luke 6:43-45 apply in this context?
      • What’s in our heart often reveals itself through our wallet and our calendar
  1. What strikes you most about Jesus’ proclamation of the gospel to Pilate in John 18:33-38?
    • Jesus is the reference point for truth. He is the basis of all the Scripture in the Old Testament. The Kingdom story began long ago!
      • John 5:19-47 (Especially John 5:39-40,46)
      • Luke 24:13-27
      • John 1:45
      • Acts 28:23
      • Mark 3:13-14 (What is the significance of Jesus selecting 12 disciples when his ministry begins?)
  1. A common presentation of the gospel today is restricted to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus with forgiveness of sins for believers. While those are certainly important components, what is missing? (After all, Jesus and his disciples preached a gospel message before the death, burial, and resurrection.)
    • This isn’t a one-time decision to intellectually believe or reject, this is a commitment to give your life to him, pledge allegiance to the Kingdom that he established, and pursue him diligently (Hebrews 11:6).
    • “The ‘Gospel of Sin Management’ presumes a Christ with no serious work other than redeeming humankind… fostering ‘vampire Christians,’ who only want a little blood for their sins but nothing more to do with Jesus until heaven.” – Dallas Willard
  1. Jesus did die on the cross for my sins and for yours. Jesus did willingly give himself up to save me. But his gospel was so much larger than that. That’s not the message he told his disciples to proclaim. The message was that the long-awaited Kingdom of God has arrived! It’s so much bigger than “my” sin and “my” salvation. We have a God that has been yearning to restore and redeem his whole creation, and he wants us to be a part of that story—in fact, we get the first taste of that redemption with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:23). Jesus is not just your personal savior, he is King and Lord above all, whether everyone recognizes that fact right now or not! He wants your allegiance and your life! The verses in this lesson are heavy. We can’t do this on our own, but all things are possible with God. Let’s quit trying to live the Christian life to please God, and instead, let’s give our life to him and let him live it! (Galatians 2:20)

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