September 2016 Video Discussion: “From Temple to Table” – Brian Zahnd
- Brian describes Jesus’ earthly ministry as having a two-fold purpose: 1) Announcing the Kingdom of God; and 2) Enacting the Kingdom of God.
- Can you think of examples of Jesus doing both of these things?
- How should his present, 21st century followers be involved in the same activities?
- According to Zahnd, Jesus changes the center of God’s activity from a temple — with ever increasing restrictions — to a table, accessible to everyone who wants to come. Does this resonate with your understanding of the Kingdom of God? Yes, or no? How does this make you uncomfortable?
- “Sinners” in this context, are described as those that have been shut out from the religious society. Those that should be shunned. And, yet, Jesus welcomed sinners to the table…going so far as to proclaim forgiveness for their sins. If you are completely honest, is there anyone, or group of people, that you have “shut out” from participation in the Kingdom of God? Discuss.
- For many, there has been a conflicting understanding between Jesus, and the 21st century church. Many people think of Jesus as welcoming, loving, inviting…and yet perceive the church (many who claim to follow Jesus) as exclusive, judgmental, hierarchical. Where and why do you think this breakdown happens? What is it in human nature that causes us to lean toward temple instead of table?
- What would look different in your life, your relationship with Jesus, your relationship with others, or your church…if you lived “Table Style” vs. “Temple Style”?