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Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

Chapter and Verse: Matthew 5-7; 9; 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10;15; John 6 (Mark 4:1-34; Luke 15:1-32; Luke 10:23-37; Matthew 5:1-16; 6:5-15, 19-34; Matthew 7:24-27; Mark 4:35-41; 5:1-43; Matthew 9:27-34; Mark 6:14-44; Matthew 14:22-36; John 6:22-35, 47-58, 66-71)

Summary: Jesus teaches about the kingdom of God with parables about sowing seeds and lost things. An expert in the law comes to Jesus asking how to inherit eternal life and Jesus answers him with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus teaches crowds on a mountain and stills a storm. He crosses into the region of the Gerasenes where he expels a Legion of demons into a herd of pigs. People begin to wonder who Jesus is and are afraid of his power. A leader of the synagogue named Jairus asks Jesus to heal his young daughter and a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years is healed just by touching Jesus’ cloak. King Herod worried that Jesus was John the Baptist back from the dead, after Herod had executed him. Jesus healed large crowds and multiplied loaves and fishes to feed 5000. Peter tried to walk on the water. Jesus spoke to the crowds saying, “I am the bread of life.” People found Jesus’ teachings hard and many left him, but the Twelve remained.

Cast of Characters: John the Baptist, Jesus, The Twelve, Peter, James, John, Jairus, Jairus’ daughter, Legion, Herod, Herodias, Herodias’ daughter, Pharisees © 2015 Rev. Linda J. Thurston. All rights reserved. For permissions contact Rev. Linda J. Thurston 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847.437.2666 Linda.Thurston@CVLutheran.org


Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

Important Terms/Concepts:  Opposition to God’s work – Jesus’ activities continue to stir up opposition and fear among the religious leaders and others  Light and Darkness/Blindness  God chooses the weakest/smallest - The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed  Jesus’ identity – Herod, among others, wonders who Jesus is  The Messianic secret – Jesus urges his disciples not to tell anyone who he is or what he’s doing and yet many of those who encounter Jesus share their stories with others  Kingdom of God – Jesus uses parables to describe it  Authority/Power – Jesus has power even over demons and the chaos of the natural world  God’s word  Miracles/Healing  Faith - “Daughter, your faith has healed you….”

 Prayer/Solitude – Jesus often retreats to quiet places © 2015 Rev. Linda J. Thurston. All rights reserved. For permissions contact Rev. Linda J. Thurston 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847.437.2666 Linda.Thurston@CVLutheran.org


Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

Points of Help and Clarification:  The parables of the Lost Sheep/Coin/Son and the Good Samaritan are unique to the Gospel of Luke.  The feeding of the 5000 is the only story that appears in all four gospels.  “A parable is a figure of speech in which a comparison is made between God’s kingdom, actions, or expectations and something in this world, real or imagined.” Arland Hultgren  “With Jesus, however, the device of parabolic utterance is used not to explain things to people’s satisfaction, but to call attention to the unsatisfactoriness of all their previous explanations and understandings.” Robert Capon  The Lord’s Prayer appears in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4.

 Notice how Jesus balances the action of his ministry with times of prayer and solitude.

© 2015 Rev. Linda J. Thurston. All rights reserved. For permissions contact Rev. Linda J. Thurston 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847.437.2666 Linda.Thurston@CVLutheran.org


Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

For Discussion - General Questions  Where have you seen God at work in the world this week? How does this relate to how you’ve seen God at work in The Story?  In this week’s chapter, what is God doing?  What do we learn about the character/nature of God?  What are people doing?  What do we learn about people/creation?  What do we learn about the relationship between God and God’s people/creation?  What did you find most interesting/surprising/new?  What did you find most troubling?

© 2015 Rev. Linda J. Thurston. All rights reserved. For permissions contact Rev. Linda J. Thurston 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847.437.2666 Linda.Thurston@CVLutheran.org


Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

For Discussion – Chapter 24 Questions  What names and titles used for Jesus?  Why do you think Jesus spoke in parables?  What are your favorite parables or stories about Jesus?  What are your favorite parts of the Sermon on the Mount (pp.340343)?  Compare the different versions of the Beatitudes (“Blessed are….”) in Matthew 5:1-12 and Luke 6:20-26.  What parts of Jesus’ message are particularly challenging to you?  What do the parables (the Sower, Lost things, Good Samaritan) tell us about God? About humanity?  Who do you identify with in the Parable of the Prodigal Son?  Who is your neighbor?  What are some examples of how we can be salt and light in the world?

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Chapter 24 – No Ordinary Man Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” John 6:68-69

For Discussion – Chapter 24 Questions (continued)  Where do you find joy or opportunity for celebration in your Christian life?  Why do you think so many people were opposed to Jesus?  How would you define faith?  Do you really believe that Jesus has healing power?  What do you think of the disciples?  How do we spread the good news about what God has done for us? Why are we sometimes hesitant to do this?

© 2015 Rev. Linda J. Thurston. All rights reserved. For permissions contact Rev. Linda J. Thurston 1045 S. Arlington Heights Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 847.437.2666 Linda.Thurston@CVLutheran.org

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