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The Journey Session #2 "The Centrality of Christ"

posted Mar 26, 2018, 10:11 AM by Joel Toppen

The following summary is from our March 4 Discipleship Group Meeting:

INTRODUCTION:

The KEY TRUTH from this lesson is: Christians are people who've had a spiritual revolution placing Jesus at the center of their lives. 

In Ephesians 2:19-22 talks about how Jesus is the cornerstone – a building material that is central to its construction.

The model we looked at was that of the universe: where the earth orbits the sun. Realizing that this was how our solar system works caused scientists to rework their way of thinking. Previously it had been thought that the earth was the center of the universe and everything revolved around the earth. Once the truth was revealed, people's thinking had to be reworked around a new center.

This is also how it is for us when we come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our whole existence needs to be reworked around a new center: JESUS!

THE STORY:

We looked at the story of a man named Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10.

In this story we see a person who's whole life shifted so as to revolve around a new center. 

The story begins with a man who is greedy, self-absorbed, who exploits other people for his own gain. His focus appears to be on money. 

The story ends with Zacchaeus giving half of his possessions away to meet the needs of others. Clearly, his focus has shifted. His life is now revolving around a new center: JESUS.

Here's an important question we asked one another:

What was central to your identity before you became a Christian? What defined you?

As we unpacked the story we talked about what it would look like for Jesus to be central to our identity and central to what we do.
  • When Jesus became central to Zacchaeus' life, it dramatically altered his life in two key areas: (1) how he saw people; (2) and how he saw money.
  • As Christians, we approach ever area of our lives with the intent of aligning them to Jesus.
In contrast to Zacchaeus' story, we read from Luke 18:18-23 about a rich, young ruler who declined Jesus' challenge to let his life revolve around a new center. 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
Our "homework" for this lesson included the following Bible reading assignments:
  • Mark 4:1-20
  • Mark 4:21-41
  • Mark 5:1-20
  • Mark 5:21-43
  • Mark 6:1-13
  • Mark 6:14-29
  • Mark 6:30-44
Participants were also encouraged to do the personal studies on pages 29-33 of their workbooks.
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