Take time to introduce yourselves to one another (over drinks or snacks if possible). Then split into groups (of no more than 3-4 people). Set a timer and then:
Explain that, over the course of the coming term, we’re exploring some of the meals Jesus shared. Not only will this help us get to know Jesus better, we’ll see how the way he shared meals has loads of implications for how we experience student life today.
Ask for a volunteer to read Luke 5:27-32 to the group, praying a short prayer that, however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
If you’re not gathered in person, the leader should project the video for the group through sharing their screen. If you’re using Zoom, make sure you have optimized your screen share for video. You can download the video to use offline.
Suggested questions to help your discussion.
We need to be clear about what Jesus is saying in verse 32.
Jesus can’t be saying that anyone is so good that they have nothing to repent of – this would cut against Jesus’ teaching elsewhere (e.g. Luke 11:13) as well as the Bible’s broader teaching (e.g. Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:10-16).
Remember: Jesus’ words in verse 32 follow his claim to be a doctor. His point is that, so long as you think you’re well, you’ll never see a doctor. So, in effect Jesus is saying to the religious leaders, “If you think you’re good enough for God without me, then you don’t see yourself as spiritually sick. And so you won’t see any need for a doctor.”
If the religious leaders had seen themselves as sick, then not only would they have willingly come to Jesus themselves, they’d also have been delighted to see him eating with people like Levi.
Read Acts 2:46. When the early Christians met, it was often over meals. Today, Christians tend to meet outside the warmth of a home and a meal.
Ask someone to pray in the light of your discussions for the group.
Watch Jess’ story (5 minutes).
Each week, there are three categories of activities by which your Impact Group can make an impact in your university. In the light of Jess’ story, commit as a group to one of these in the week ahead:
Get nourished: for group bonding
Next week, meet together for your Impact Group session in a public place (e.g. a café), reminding yourselves that Jesus’ mission is bigger than just your group.
Offer a taste: to do together
Host an Impact Group party where you provide lots of options of the same food (pizza, dessert, cheese, food from home… you choose!). Use it as a means of getting to know one other’s friends and flatmates.
Add spice: a personal challenge
Could each of you pledge to buy lunch or coffee for a friend in the coming week, with the sole aim of getting to know them better?
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