After a busy day of ministry in Capernaum, Jesus immediately retires to a desolate place. Mark tells us he goes there to pray (Mark 1:35).
- Can you say that getting alone with God is a priority in your life? Be honest. Take time now to consider how separating yourself from people and distractions would deepen your relationship with God and others.
- What is the experience of your prayer life right now? What do you sense is your biggest stumbling block to intimacy with God in prayer? Speak with your spouse, a friend, or your HFG about this.
The people in Capernaum desire for Jesus to stay, but Jesus must leave them in order to “preach the good news of the kingdom to the other towns.”
- The phrase “kingdom of God” appears 31 times in the gospel of Luke. It is the centerpiece of Jesus teaching. Why is this emphasis so important in the ministry of Jesus?
- Graeme Goldsworthy defines the kingdom as “God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule.” How does this simple definition make sense of the Scripture’s emphasis in these three areas: people, place, and rule? How do these same three areas relate to Jesus mission when he walked the earth? Be specific.
In the book of Acts, which charts to the development of the church, the kingdom of God is still a prominent theme.
- How does Jesus Christ’s mission relate to the life and mission of the church? Be as specific as possible. Take time with your HFG to identify various ways the church is involved in the Kingdom of God.
Can you explain why Jesus says the kingdom has come (Luke 10:9), is coming (Matt.3:2), and will come (Matt.24:14)?
Based on the reflection above, how might God be calling you to live more aligned to the patterns and priorities of His Kingdom? After you answer, take time to pray for this calling to be more fully realized in your life.