Sunday “E.Q.U.I.P.” is an exercise meant to better equip us for corporate worship on Sunday evenings. We want to help you reflect on the sermon passages and familiarize yourself with the songs we’ll sing.
This week’s passage is Luke 6.37-49.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Luke 6.37-49. As you have time, try reading Psalm 1-2.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- In Luke 6.43, Jesus begins to talk about the fruit that Christian will bear. Starting at Luke 6.20, what fruit has He mentioned in His sermon? Name as much as you can through Luke 6.42.
- In Luke 6.37-38, Jesus seems to make our future glory (‘you will not be judged . . . condemned; you will be forgiven, it will be given to you’) in some sense dependent upon our present generosity (‘Judge not, condemn not, forgive, give’). We know that we are saved by grace, that is, not by our works at all, but by Christ’s work accomplished for us, so what are we to make of what Jesus says, here? Clue: There is no such thing as a justified but not regenerated person; no such thing as an acquitted person who is not also alive now to God. Go!
- If Jesus tells us, ‘Judge not,’ in Luke 6.37, does that mean ‘Judge not at all, ever, in any way‘? Is there a difference between a judgmental spirit and a holy love that discerns one another’s life? See especially the end of Luke 6.42.
- In Luke 6.43-45, Jesus connects the produce of our lives to the condition of our hearts. What does that mean about how we deal with sin in our lives, and produce gospel-worthy fruit in our lives? Is Christian living really just take an external form? Is it a kind of behavior modification? Or is it something much deeper? Bonus: Are our hearts naturally good? If not, how did they become good? And what is ‘the good treasure of his heart’ in Luke 6.45? Knowing this is key to godliness.
- In Luke 6.46-49, Jesus says there are those who say they are Christians but are not. What distinguishes true sheep from goats, or wolves in sheep’s clothing? And what is the consequence of not having our lives built upon ‘the rock’? What is ‘the rock’?
- If you could sum up the message of Jesus’ sermon, how would you do it?
U—UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.3; also 4.13). How can we take this passage and use it to love one another, so that we’re knit together in love? Reflect on the following: 1) that Christians are known by their fruit. Jesus calls forth a life worthy of Him; 2) that we are known, in Luke 6.37-38, by a charitable or non-judgmental spirit; 3) that we are known, in Luke 6.39-42, for a holy love, a personal and corporate passion for holiness; 4) that we have the good treasure of the gospel, even God Himself in Christ by the Spirit, dwelling within our hearts; 5) and that, therefore, we have already all we need for life and godliness. Let’s encourage one another to draw it out and put in play; 6) we are built upon the Word of Christ and, so, are safe from ruin.
I—IGNITE for Christ. What excellencies about Jesus ignite in us a greater love for Him that reaches out to all to make Him known? Consider 1) in Christ, we are not condemned, Luke 6.37; 2) in Christ, we have been forgiven, Luke 6.37; 3) in Christ, all has been given, Luke 6.38, all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, Ephesians 1.3; 4) in Christ, we see the way to glory, Luke 6.39-40; 5) in Christ, we’ve been renewed to be a good tree, Luke 6.43-45; 6) Christ Himself dwells within us and is all our treasure for life and godliness, Luke 6.45; Colossians 1.27, 3.3; Galatians 4.19; 7) Christ’s Word is what saves us, Luke 6.47-48.
P—PRAY that we will be overtaken by Christian love, a charity and a passion for holiness. Pray that we will show Christ in this world, living lives worthy of the gospel. Pray that we will continue to build upon Christ’s Word, personally and corporately. And pray that the lost, those under woe, those in danger of great ruin, will be saved as they turn from sin to God, from their way to the Word of Christ.