Shane Claiborne

January 2017 Video & Discussion: “What If Jesus Meant What He Said?” – Shane Claiborne

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In this talk from our 2016 Simply Jesus Gathering, Shane Claiborne challenges us to take an honest look at Jesus’ life and the words that He spoke, and act accordingly. We suggest the best way to do this is with a group of people interested in following Jesus together, so gather a few friends to watch Shane’s talk, then use the questions below to guide your discussion.


  1. Shane shared a quote implying that a historic tendency of Jesus’ followers has been to over-complicate the words of Jesus, absolving them of the responsibility to act upon that which they “didn’t understand”. Do you agree or disagree with this? Has this ever been true for you?
  2. Shane shared several personal examples of his faith leading him into a life of intense, practical activism. Share a time when “following Jesus” resulted in a tangible act or demonstration of love. Has your “acting upon” the words of Jesus ever resulted in controversy?
  3. Martin Luther King stated that we as followers of Jesus are “meant to be neither master or servant of the state, but are meant to be the prophetic conscience of the state.” What do you think of this and do you see this reflected in the life Jesus lived in Palestine, some 2000 years ago?
  4. What is one way that you can act upon the message that you’ve heard today? What might the “demonstration of the love of Jesus” look like in your life and community?

Shane Claiborne

Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. More about Shane ›

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