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Tuesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Luke 12:51-53
51 Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! 52 From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against.
53 ‘Father will be divided against son
and son against father;
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother;
and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’”

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

Though in many ways Jesus did bring peace to the world, it could also be said that he brought not peace … but rather division, involving even father against son as one chose to follow Jesus and the other chose to reject him.

Study Questions:

  • The second point from Sunday was that Jesus speaks of a fire for DISCIPLES of Jesus. He said that his coming would divide people and families. In one sense, Jesus did bring peace; that deep peace with God which leads to real peace with people. But in another sense his message is divisive.  Have you experienced any of the relational divisions that Jesus referenced because of your faith in him? If you haven't experienced any conflict because of your relationship with Jesus, could that be the sign of a problem?

  • The cross challenges people. Jesus calls his followers to take up their cross and follow him. When people don't rise to this challenge they commonly become critical of those that do. In fact, the only thing in our culture that there is ZERO tolerance for is to say there is only one way to God. The fire reveals and divides the fans from the followers. How do you make sure you don't drift into thinking like the culture around us? How do you keep yourself tethered to the truth of God's Word?


That you would follow Jesus, no matter the relational cost.
That you would stand on the ultimate truth of God's Word. 

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory!

3. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Since “all have sinned” and the “wages of sin is death,” Jesus had to die on the cross to pay the fine for my sin so I could be right with God.
(Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:21-23, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:1-6; Colossians 1:13-14, 21-22)

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