If Jesus is the “Prince of Peace,” what do you make of verse 34? Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:10-14, 12:49-51; John 14:27; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:15-19
Is the sword the effect of His coming or the purpose of His coming?
What are Jesus’ explicit conditions for true disciples? Vss. 37-39; Acts 5:29
Why do you think that Jesus needed to be so blunt?
Is God saying we must hate our immediate family? 1 Timothy 5:8 If not, what is He saying? Philippians 2:12-16; Galatians 1:10
Why might family members who love each other become enemies?
What does it mean to “Bare your cross?” James 1:2; Acts 5:40-42
Martin Luther describes this kind of suffering well in his explanation of the Lord’s Prayer, saying “For where God’s Word is preached, accepted, or believed, and bears fruit, there the blessed holy cross will not be far away. Let nobody think that he will have peace; he must sacrifice all he has on earth—possessions, honor, house and home, wife and children, body and life. Now this grieves our flesh and the Old Adam, for it means that we must remain steadfast, suffer patiently whatever befalls us, and let go whatever is taken from us.”
What is the benefit of giving everything here on earth up for loss, and clinging to Christ alone as our true and only possession?
What does it mean to find one’s life and lose it? To lose one’s life for Jesus’ sake and find it? Matthew 16:24-27
Why do most Christians naturally assume all will be well, believing the plan for us is good and wonderful?
What does God see as good, and how does it compare with what we see as good? Who needs to change?
What does it mean to receive a disciple of Jesus? A prophet? A righteous man? What are the rewards?
If you had known ahead of time all the pain and suffering you would or could go through as a Christian, would you have made the commitment of faith in Him? Why, or why not?