I am not sure whether these will work without hearing the sermon! But this is what is included in the worship bulletin for further reflection.
Read Luke 6:43-49 while imagining that you are standing with Jesus’ disciples (v20) in that level place (v17). After teaching about love for enemies (v27-36) and judging others (37-42) Jesus teaches about the trees and their fruit and the story of the two builders. Listen to the question ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do the things I say?’(verse 46) in context.
- Our words reveal our character. How might good words reveal Christian character? Can you describe a good example in your experience?
- Some people have called this question ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do the things I say?’ some of the saddest words uttered by Jesus in the New Testament. The disciples do not answer him. What sort of answers could be given today?
- Consider the implications of standing before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10) and God’s testing of the building materials of our lives (1 Cor. 3: 10-15). If someone asks you what it means practically to build with gold, silver and costly stones how would you answer? And what does it mean to build with wood, hay or straw?
- Are there ways in which we can encourage each other to be accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily living?