Sermon Notes

Loving Generousity

This weeks discussion questions are :

1. Who do you say Jesus is?  Or What do you think of C. S. Lewis statement in “Mere Christianity”?

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.  That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.  but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. . . . Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.

2. In Luke 7:36–50 Who do you identify with in this story?  Why?

3. The Sinful woman gave a costly loving gift in response to Jesus’ forgiveness.  What would living a loving and generous life (in response to God’s love and generosity) look like in your context?  

4. In Luke 5:27, Levi threw a party and invited all his friends to meet Jesus.  What can you do this week to invite people to meet Jesus? (So that they can be challenged with the question “Who is this …” or Who do you say Jesus is?

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