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UNIT GUIDE LUKE (2) Jesus teaches his disciples how to follow him ‘What would Jesus do?’ (WWJD) was hugely

followers to talk to God, be generous like their

popular in Australia throughout the 90s

God, care for those outside the kingdom, to

as a slogan for Christians who wanted to

be overflowing in thankfulness, steadfast in

demonstrate their faith in Jesus through

trust, and ready for the kingdom to come in

their actions. WWJD wristbands became the

full. Jesus’ teaching challenges our selfishness,

Christian accessory of choice, a consistent

our individualism and our short-sighted

request at tattoo parlours and the application

dreams. These examples provide guidance for

for the weekly youth group talk. However

Christians as they try to live lives that imitate

WWJD was not an invention of the 90s.

Jesus. The kingdom of God is an incredible life

Charles Spurgeon used the phrase three times

of trust, obedience, courage, love, joy and real

in a sermon in 1891 and he cited the source

hope for a real future for those who follow

of the phrase as a book written by Thomas à

and imitate Jesus’ life and teaching.

Kempis in 1418.

In all this we must remember though that

‘What would Jesus do?’ is a powerful question.

Jesus is more than a great teacher. His

It drives people from the theoretical world of

teaching does not come in a vacuum, but is

belief to the practical world of choices and

articulated as he walks towards Jerusalem

actions. Jesus’ teachings are so profoundly

where he will die on a cross for the sins of

interesting and radically countercultural that

the world and be raised from the dead three

they have captivated philosophers, religious

days later. Jesus not only teaches us about the

leaders, ethicists and Christians for nearly

kingdom of God, he models what it looks like

two millennia. Mahatma Ghandi reflected,

and enables people of all nations to be part

‘To me, Jesus was one of the greatest teachers

of it. Christians are not students of a great

humanity has ever had’. Pop culture still

teacher. We follow and mimic Jesus because

quotes Jesus. Christians ask this question

he is the King of God’s kingdom. But Christians

explicitly or implicitly as they navigate the

also know that it is not by their imitation of

choices of life.

Jesus that they can earn favour with God.

As we read the Gospel of Luke in this unit,

Rather, because of God’s love for them they

we see many examples of Jesus’ teaching

respond with heartfelt love and action as they

about the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches his

model their saviour, Jesus Christ.

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