A Chapter To Build A Full Christian Character

Kevin’s lesson for Sunday:

What would you choose if you were asked to name one chapter, or other group of verses which epitomize Christian character?  Here are some obvious choices:

—          The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

—          The fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

—          The parable of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46)

You can choose own chapter.  But for our lesson I nominate Luke 14, a meaty chapter where Jesus uses real life events and parables to drive home central themes about Christian character and attitudes.

See the very brief summary below and a few questions for discussion.  More importantly, think about how you would apply the lessons from each of these accounts to your life.

Luke 14:1-6 – Jesus heals a man with a dropsy on Sabbath. 

Question:         How do you balance strict adherence to the law with accomplishing the “greater good?”  When (or do) the ends justify the means?

Luke 14:7-11 – the parable of the wedding feast, a lesson in humility.  The key of the parable is “for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”   The saying follows a situation where a person voluntarily foregoes an honored place to choose a place of less honor.

Question:  How far we do we have to go to exhibit the type of humility Jesus discusses?  Do we always have to put others before self?

Luke 14:12-14 – the parable of the great banquet.  The key to the parable is that we are to do things for people without any expectation of return.

Question:  Where can you find opportunities to assist others without expectation of return?  How far do you have to look?

Luke 14:15-24 – Avoiding excuses. 

Question:  Do you find excuses to avoid doing the right thing?  What opportunities might you miss?

Luke 14:25-33 – The cost of discipleship.  Jesus concludes by saying, “so therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (v. 33).

Question:  How far is far enough in serving God?

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