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25: Teaching on God’s Kingdom (2) (Lk 18:9-34)
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25: Teaching on God’s Kingdom (2) (Lk 18:9-34)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

This lesson continues the theme of Jesus’ teachings on God’s kingdom. The three larger sections (9-30) all pertain to the conditions for entering the kingdom of God. Each stresses the proper attitude we should have toward God as well as the incompatibility between the ways of men and the way of God. Only if we change ourselves to conform to the ways of God can we enter His kingdom.

B.     Key Verse

            “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (18:14).

            “So He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, "who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life’” (18:29-30).

II.    Observation

A.     Outline





B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     18:9-14

1. Note at least two things that are wrong with the Pharisee’s prayer (11-12).

2. What can we learn from the tax collector about the proper attitude we should have before God?

3. What makes a person self-righteous? What makes him humble?

4. Why did Jesus pick a Pharisee and a tax collector as characters in the story? What is his point?

B.     18:15-17

5. Why do you think the disciples rebuked those who brought little children to Jesus? Have you ever made the same mistake?

6. If you are a parent, how would you let your children come to the Lord?

7. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a little child?

C.     18:18-30

8. Why did the Lord correct the way the ruler addressed Him (18-19)? What can we learn here about the ruler’s view of obtaining eternal life?

9a. What prevented the ruler from entering into God’s kingdom?

9b. How does the ruler’s sorrow show that he still had not kept God’s commandments even though he thought he had?

10. Why is it so difficult for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God?

11a. What does this passage teach about salvation by grace?

11b. In view of the Lord’s teaching, how can we enter the kingdom of God?

12. What blessing does God give to those who forsake all things for the sake of His kingdom?

D.     18:31-34

13a. How does Jesus’ prediction show His awareness of His mission?

13b. How does it relate to the kingdom of God?

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