Vision: Spiritual Feudalism

  1. Re-read today’s passage found in Luke 22:24-27. What were the characteristics of leadership commonly found in the culture of that day (and ours as well)?

    a.) What effect did/does that style of leadership have on people? 

    b.) How has that style historically influenced the Church at large?

    c.) How does Jesus turn this cultural influence on its head? Explain.

  2. This wasn’t the first time Jesus had to address leadership. Read Luke 9:46-48 and coordinating passages found in Mark 9:33-17 and Matthew 18:1-5. Notice what powerful events took place prior to the disciples arguing! What did Jesus hold up as an example for them to follow? Can you think of any other things Jesus said or did while discipling His disciples to help them grow in their understanding of what it means to lead as He did?

  3. In the sermon there was a brief summary of church history and the influence of feudalism metrics -- “how many peasants one has and how much tax they pay” and “power being given to one person with the expectation of them providing for and feeding the masses.” He then challenged “spiritual feudalism and peasant thinking” in churches today. What are some examples of “peasant thinking” you have seen, or perhaps unknowingly embraced in your own journey?

  4. Dialogue about your personal experiences with the following statements: 

    a.) “Discipleship is not about what is consumed (information), but what is produced (transformation). 

    b.) “Everyone is a leader. There’s not one person who doesn’t have someone looking to them as an example.”

    c.) “Jesus calls us to be servants. A servant takes food from the kitchen and puts it on the table. At no time is it their property. ‘What are You putting in my hands today, Lord, to share with others?’”