Week 1: MARCH 7
Seeking Peace is Not a Timid Exercise
- When have you seen faithful boldness, people pursuing justice in integrity?
- What is the backlash you have observed?
- When have you been called to faithful boldness, and what were the benefits/consequences?
- What are peacemaking activities that scare you now, but you feel the Holy Spirit nudging you to take part in?
Week 2: MARCH 14
Discipleship and Peace are costly, and often cheaper…
- We know that Jesus honored family, what do you think he means by saying the disciples need to hate their family?
- How do we evaluate the real costs of our actions?
- What does being a disciple costs?
- What are the costs of non-discipleship?
- What does peace cost?
- What do our possessions have to do with all this? Any thoughts on why Jesus ended the text with that line?
Week 3: MARCH 21
The Peace Making Table
- Describe a memorable meal you had?
- Luke describes the eagerness of Jesus to share this meal with his disciples. What do you think made him so eager?
- Jesus seems to not be drinking at the meal, what might be the significance of that?
- All the gospel writers point out the fact that the one who would betray Jesus was at the table while he served them. What does that say to you?
- How do we see Jesus making peace in this text? How might we make peace?
Week 4: MARCH 28
Peacemaking calls out systems of oppression
Luke 20:45 – 21:1-4
- How do you think Jesus felt about the widow’s gift in light of what he points out in 20:45-47?
- How do you understand the Bible’s view of giving and its purpose?
- How does exposing oppressive systems promote peace?
- How do you see status or privilege impact generosity in our culture?
- What are practical ways you respond to how Jesus opens your eyes to systemic pressures on the poor?