The Unexpected Kingdom of God
Passage: Luke 17:20–37
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.
In your opinion, how have people throughout the ages misinterpreted Jesus Christ? Why do you think even the most religious people often fail to understand who Jesus truly is?
What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Is the Kingdom of God in the midst of you? How do you know?
Are you, (or do you know of) a person who lives from one “spiritual high” to the next? If so, what is Jesus’ warning in this passage? Instead of seeking “spiritual highs” to get us through the difficulties of life, what does Jesus remind His disciples of in v.25? How does this help?
Are you more preoccupied with the things of this life or with the things of the life to come? How do you know? As Christians we may not be plagued by obvious evil and immorality. Even so, does Jesus’ warning, “whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it” still apply to you? If so, how?
Jesus ends this passage by speaking of dead bodies and vultures. Why do you think He uses such hard language and why do we end up feeling like we’re being scolded? If Jesus is a loving, kind, gentle Savior, why such a harsh rebuke?