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Discussion Guide — Luke 9:51-56

Each week, these sermon discussion guides are made available to help you engage the sermon text more fully. For those in a small group, this is what your group will use as its jumping-off point. You are also encouraged to use this in the context of your own home, whether personally or as a family, as you seek to apply the message to your life.

Sermon Summary: Luke 9:51-56

Main Ideas

I. Jesus set His face towards the cross and establishes the true and forever temple in us.

II. Jesus sets his face towards the cross and brings back together a divided kingdom into one united heavenly kingdom.

III. Jesus set his face towards Jerusalem and the cross so that He could receive the very wrath from Heaven meant for us.

Application Points

I. God’s temple is now in us. Those in Christ now have His presence to convict us of sin and empower us towards obedience. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

II. God unites His people together not because of their own worth, but by the worthy sacrifice of Christ. Eliminating any need compete or strive for the attention of God over others.

III. Jesus has fully satisfied divine judgement, for all those in Him, by having God’s wrath poured out on him at the pleasure of the Father. (Isaiah 53:1-10)


"Many of us [in the church] are like porcupines trying to huddle together on a bitter cold night to keep each other warm, but we continually poke and hurt each other the closer we get." Howard Hendricks

"The gospel being what it is and always will be, “the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19), our churches should be the most reconciling, peaceable, relaxed, happy places in town. We are so open to enemies, so meek in the face of insults and injuries, so forgiving toward the undeserving — if we do make people angry, let this be the reason. We refuse to join in their selfish battles. We’re following a higher call. We are the peacemakers, the true sons of God (Matthew 5:9)." Ray Ortlund

Questions for Personal Response

  1. Share about a time in your life where you experienced substantial conflict with someone else.

  2. How does the finished work of Christ change the way we see suffering, loss, and struggle in conflict?

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