Behold! Part 4-The Tinker (b)
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Theme: We join in God’s new creation when we realize we’ve been seen by Him and offered reconciliation to Him and when we take up the call to see others with His love and offer that reconciliation through our lives.
1. How did God speak to you in the message?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. What strikes you about Paul’s words on relationships?
3. Read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 in light of Paul’s words on the ministry of reconciliation. How was Jesus’ life about reconciliation?
4. Jesus told this parable because people wondered about his actions. How could the church show hospitality in a way that would cause the world to grumble and wonder?
5. Describe the older brother’s attitude in the parable. What are ways that people show that attitude today?
6. Think carefully: what attitudes, words or actions do you do that hinder the ministry of reconciliation in your life?
7. Paul describes Christians as “new creations!” What new attitude, words, actions do you want to incorporate in order to live out ministry of reconciliation?
8. How can we pray?
Behold! 2019 Lenten Study Challenge
Monday: Romans 12:13-21, Joshua 2:1-21
Tuesday: Genesis 18:1-5, Hebrews 13:2-6
Wednesday: Luke 14:12-14, Acts 16:11-15
Thursday: Acts 28:7-10, Luke 11:5-8
Friday: Ruth 2:10-16, Revelation 22:1-5
There are two texts per day. One possible way to “behold!” God’s work is to set aside two times per day, using one scripture for the morning and the other for the evening.
First, be silent in prayer for 1 minute.
Second, thank God for 2 specific things.
Third, invite Jesus to speak to you by asking these 2 questions.
1. What is God leading me to understand?
2. Who can I welcome today?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Something like…Father, as you welcomed the son, you welcome me. Help me welcome others with your radical hospitality this week. You’ve given me the ministry or reconciliation, but I can’t do that without you.