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Why did Jesus refuse to be a “rock star”?

August 2, 2014

KeepCalmStopSellingGospelStudy Outline

  • Pop Trivia: Who said that their rock group was more popular than Jesus?
  • Background: What is the Great Commission?
    • Matt. 28:18-20
    • Mark 16:15
    • Luke 24:48-49/Acts 1:8
    • John 20:21
  • How are the Great Commission and the Gospel related to each other?
  • Why isn’t the Gospel more “appealing” to nonbelievers?
  • What does John 6 tell us about what the crowds looking were for when Jesus was preaching?
    • The word on the street (6:1-2)
    • The most spectacular miracle (6:10-13)
    • Jesus escapes the crowd (6:14-15)
    • The hunt (6:22-25)
    • Jesus preaches the Gospel (6:26-29)
    • Jesus explains the Gospel and election I (6:30-40)
    • The crowd’s ad hominem insults (6:41-42)
    • Jesus explains the Gospel and election II (6:43-51)
    • Jesus explains the Gospel and election III (6:53-58)
    • Jesus explains the Gospel and election IV (6:61-65)
  • CBC Trivia: Who said “Jesus doesn’t say things for effect. He doesn’t say things for drama.”
  • Was Peter’s “minimal response” to all of this (6:68-60) a “sufficient” faith-response?
  • What, in the Old Testament, may have fueled the Jews’ expectation of an earthly revolutionary-king?
  • CBC Trivia: Who said “It is impossible apart from the grace of God to repent.”
  • Thought-provokers:
    • When Jesus preached and explained the Gospel, what were the “benefits” he emphasized?
    • How did Jesus “under-sell” the Gospel? theBeatles
    • How did Jesus react when is “pitch” was rejected?
      • Why?
  • Why did Jesus refuse to be a “rock star”? 
  • How does the concept of “election” affect our response to the Great Commission?
  • Next week: Why did Jesus say “Don’t tell anyone”?
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