Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group, or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- This week’s message and the main passage of scripture, Luke 14:25–27, goes against the luxury-driven culture that we have here in America. How did the message speak to you personally? Are you truly “all in” to the Lord’s direction in your life, or are you still living by your own desires?
- Read Luke 14:26. Has this verse ever confused you before? If so, please share with your group. How did this week’s message help provide clarity to the meaning behind this verse?
- What are you most passionate about in life? Read Luke 14:33. Reflect on your daily habits and heart posture. Is there anything that you’re placing as a higher priority than Jesus? What do you need to give over to Jesus right now in order to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him? What practical steps can you take to pursue obedience to Him in these areas? How can your life group help you in this?
- Pastor Harrell said, “The individual who loves others the most is the one who loves Jesus the best.” How exactly does loving Jesus allow us to love our family better than we could without Him? Have you ever witnessed this from someone in your life? If so, please share this example with your group.
- Have you ever found yourself trying to be just godly enough to be accepted by God and just worldly enough to be accepted by men? Do you dabble in both worlds? Why does this not work based on God’s commands in Luke 14:26–27?
- Luke 14:25 states that Jesus’ message was taught to great multitudes. The weight and heaviness of this message almost make it seem like it should have been directed to His closest disciples though. Read Matthew 7:14. Does this impact your perspective on how Jesus is not looking for large crowds but rather fully committed followers? How will this message impact your own witness to others as you fulfill the great commission?
- Read 1 John 4:19. How does the context of God’s love (and His demonstration of that love by sending His Son to die for us) motivate you to passionately follow Jesus the way He describes in Luke 14? Would it change your mind if God commanded us to follow Him without Him first demonstrating the same commitment to us?
- Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
- Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
- How can you pray for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?