Division, Discernment, and Urgency
Passage: Luke 12:49–59
Click here for the sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group.
- What recent events in the world have made you long for justice and judgment to fall upon the evil actions of men? When unbelievers question the reality of God because of all the evil in the world, what important qualities about themselves and God are they overlooking? (Romans 3:23 and 2 Peter 3:9)
- According to verses 49 and 50, how does Jesus view the evil in this world and what is He going to do about it? How can you use these verses to share the gospel with unbelievers who question God’s existence because of the overwhelming evil in the world?
- Jesus warns His disciples that those who believe and follow Him will be divided from those who do not believe, even from their closest relatives. How does this make you feel? Even if we are rejected by our own families, what consolation do you have in Christ?
- Similar to how people can observe the clouds and the wind to predict future weather patterns, what “signs” has God given to mankind, and to what are these signs pointing?
- Jesus repeatedly warns of a coming judgment upon sin. Do you think Jesus can come across as too harsh? How do you think unbelievers respond when they hear Jesus’ warnings? Should we as Christians try to make Jesus’ words kinder and gentler so that people respond better to them? Why or why not?