Back to the Basics Part One: With Christ in the Classroom

April 17, 2021
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April 17, 2021 UCC User

1. With Christ in the Classroom

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Luke 6:20-49

 

Sermon Points

I. Two Basically Different Kinds of Heart (20-26)

II. Two Basically Different Kinds of Fruit (27-45)

III. Two Basically Different Kinds of Foundation (46-49)

 

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Life Group Questions

Review of the Text

  1. Verses 20-26. Using your own words, how would you explain, the difference between the heart of the kingdom of God and the heart of the world?
  2. What kind of things should you be on the lookout for when examining your own heart? What kind of evidence is indicative of a heart that is bound to world’s hopes? What kind of evidence is indicative of a heart that is being transformed by the hopes and values of God’s kingdom?
  3. Verse 29. What are some ways that people insult or humiliate us (intentionally and intentionally)? What do Jesus’ words here tell us about  what it means to extend love in such circumstances?
  4. Verses 32-36. Discuss various ways by which we demand repayment from one another when we dogood for them or when they wound us. Which of these are perhaps the most subtle and therefore likely to bear the fruit of bitterness and resentment? How can we be on our guard for such sinful expectations?

Apply the Text

  1. Read verse 40 and compare with Luke 23:34 and Acts 7:59-60. Discuss the encouragement offered in these passages. 
  2. What are some ways we can encourage one another, in our families and in our church, to live with a steady awareness of the condition of our hearts and build a community with the kind of loving openness that Jesus describes in his teaching here?