Let's Talk About Being Prepared

by Tiffany Manning

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

PUTTING WORDS IN MY MOUTH

 

Luke 12:1-12

12 When a crowd of thousands upon thousands had gathered so that they were crushing each other, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples: “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees—I mean, the mismatch between their hearts and lives. Nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing is secret that won’t be brought out into the open. Therefore, whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and whatever you have whispered in the rooms deep inside the house will be announced from the rooftops.

“I tell you, my friends, don’t be terrified by those who can kill the body but after that can do nothing more. I’ll show you whom you should fear: fear the one who, after you have been killed, has the authority to throw you into hell. Indeed, I tell you, that’s the one you should fear. Aren’t five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them is overlooked by God. Even the hairs on your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

“I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before humans, the Human One will acknowledge before God’s angels. But the one who rejects me before others will be rejected before God’s angels. 10 Anyone who speaks a word against the Human One will be forgiven, but whoever insults the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven. 11 When they bring you before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what you should say. 12 The Holy Spirit will tell you at that very moment what you must say.”

Key Passage:

When they bring you before the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what you should say. The Holy Spirit will tell you at that very moment what you must say. —Luke 12:11-12

 

Commentary:

Sometimes talking about our faith causes us to be tongue-tied. Because we don’t know where to begin, or we’re afraid we won’t be able to answer a challenging question, we decide to avoid the subject altogether. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will provide us with the words to say when we bear witness to his name. This assurance, however, does not mean we should enter these conversations unprepared. When Jesus was talking with the disciples at this point, they already had a few years of teaching and ministering under their belts. We also must study the Bible so that God can bring these truths to mind when we need them and help us present the good news in the most effective way.

 

Questions to Discuss:

How do you feel knowing that everything done in secret will one day be made public?

When have you felt forgotten by God? Do you know someone who may be feeling this way right now?

How can you deepen your knowledge of Scripture so that you are better prepared to evangelize?

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