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Study Questions for 2/17/2019

Luke 9:23-36

1. How is God calling you to “take up your cross and follow Jesus?” Remember to take up our cross and follow means we walk in the path of Jesus (die to self, die to independence, die to our own pleasures). Be specific.

2. Why is it better to lose our life now than to save it now (read Luke 9:24-25). How is God calling you to lose your life? Be specific.

3. After reading v. 24-25 what does it mean for you that:  

If I have everything but Jesus I have nothing.

But if I have nothing but Jesus I have everything!

With this in mind, what should you be pursuing? What should you stop pursuing?

4. What does it mean to be ashamed of Jesus? (v. 26) Read Luke 12:8-9. Compare these passages. What is added? What is different?

In what ways are you “ashamed” of Jesus?

5. Read v. 28-34. What are some of the echoes of the Old Testament? How is this significant? What does this teach us about Jesus?

6. God speaks from heaven twice in Luke’s gospel. Read both instances: Luke 3:21-22 and Luke 9:35. What happens after Jesus’ baptism? Look at Luke 4:1-2. Jesus entered a season of temptation. In what ways does this happen again after the mount of transfiguration?

7. Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. How did Peter’s experience on the mount of transfiguration give him confidence? How should Jesus as the God in the flesh give us confidence?

8. The disciples are instructed, “Listen to him (Jesus).” How should you start listening to Jesus in your life? What habits do you need to change in order to listen to Jesus?

We need to listen to the gospel – how does this apply to you?

If time permits, read some of Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Matt. 5-7). Consider how you can listen to Jesus’ sermon and apply it to your life.