January 2018 Video & Discussion: Jesus Says Yes To You – Carlos Rodriguez
The only thing we need to know about the 70 is that Jesus believes in them.
It’s that time of year when many of us take time to reflect upon the year that has recently passed, and to look with fresh eyes toward the future. What inspires you to lean into faith instead of fear? To hope instead of despair? To believe that perhaps God is up to something far bigger and beyond what you can imagine?
In his talk this summer at the Simply Jesus Gathering, Carlos Rodriguez invites us to look at the story of Jesus sending out the 70 in Luke 10. Perhaps, Carlos suggests, we’ve been really good at letting people know that we need to believe in Jesus, but maybe what we really need to hear is that Jesus believes in us.
As we head into 2018, may we draw nearer to Jesus, in confidence that he loves us, welcomes us, and maybe, even believes in us. Gather some friends, listen to Carlos’ talk, and enjoy some good discussion about Jesus. We can hardly think of a better way to start the new year!
- Read Luke 10:1-24. We know little about the 70 that Jesus sent. What do you think qualified them to be sent out by Jesus? What did he send them to do? Do you see yourself as one sent by Jesus?
- The Pharisees labeled Jesus a “friend of sinners”. It wasn’t his preaching to them that earned him this title, but rather the fact that he extended extravagant grace to them, by eating with them. Where have you received Jesus’ extravagant grace? Do you live with awareness of all that you’ve received? How does that affect your interactions with others?
- “There was a moment I agreed with God’s version of the Gospel versus my version of the Gospel.” In the prison, Carlos made a choice to speak the grace of God to someone he personally would struggle to forgive. How do you respond to this story?
- Theologian Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” What causes or needs of the world keep you up at night? What do you love to do? What are you good at? Do you see God as a cynical father, tolerating your hopes and spiritual dreams? Do you believe that he is one who “rejoices” in who you are? Do you dare to believe that Jesus says yes to you?