Read the Bible passage.
- When the passage was being read, what word or phrase popped out for you?
- While the reader kept on reading, where did your mind stop to wonder?
The context – Where are we?
- What is the context of the biblical passage? Geographical? Political? Social? What is the nature of the people, powers, and systems in this context?
- Where are people trapped by sin and evil?
- What is our context? Where are we? What is our world like?
- Is there anything in our context that is like the context of the biblical passage?
The gospel – What is God doing?
- In the biblical text, where is God at work?
- What is God’s good news?
- What does the text tell us about God’s future?
- How does God call people to change or to enter the reign/kingdom of God?
- How does this text point us toward Jesus?
- In our context, where do we see or sense God at work?
- What is God’s good news for us?
- How is God calling us to change?
- How is God challenging us to enter the reign/kingdom of God?
The church – How is God calling and sending us to participate in God’s mission in the world?
- In the biblical text, how are God’s people called and sent to participate with God in what God is doing?
- In the biblical text, how are God’s people called to be a sign of God’s future?
- In our context, how is God calling and sending the church to participate in what God is doing in the world?
- How does this text call the church to discern its missional vocation?
- How does this text call and send the church, in all of its life together, to be a sign of the reign/kingdom of God? How can everything we do be more in sync with God’s mission in the world?
- When others are watching the church, what do they see that would give them a hint of what God is doing in the world, or what God intends for the future? How can this text help the church align all that we do, say, and are with God’s future?
- Through this text, what can we learn about how God is not only calling and sending us, but also empowering us, giving us what we need to work with God?
©Lois Barrett. 2003 Contact: email@example.com
Luke 10: 1-12
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town. (NRSV)