What does it mean?
1. What is the connection to the previous passage about the healing of the woman on the Sabbath?
2. What does Jesus mean when he says, “Kingdom of God?” Is Jesus’ description here of the Kingdom of God – a description of an individual, of a group, or both?
3. Have there been descriptions in Luke of what people who are experiencing the “Kingdom of God” look like? Where?
4. In what way is the Kingdom of God like a mustard seed? What are the attributes that Jesus is pointing to in the mustard seed that are also attributes of the Kingdom of God?
5. What is the unspoken description of a mustard seed prior to planting? What are the descriptions of the mustard seed post-planting?
6. Is the second illustration of the Kingdom of God emphasizing the same or different attributes from the first illustration?
7. What is the unspoken description of leaven prior to being hid in the flour? What is the description of the flour post-leaven?
8. What attributes do both objects share? What attributes do both processes share?
9. How would you summarize Jesus’ point in giving these two comparisons to the Kingdom of God? What misunderstanding/s is Jesus looking to prevent?
10. Looking ahead to vs22-30, how does Jesus’ point in vs18-21 flow into the next passage?
How does it apply?
1. What do people look like in the Kingdom of God (governed by Christ, treasuring Christ above all)? How do you recognize them? How is their life in Christ like a mustard seed and leaven?
2. What does a church look like in the Kingdom of God (governed by Christ, treasuring Christ above all)? How do you recognize it? How is it like a mustard seed and leaven?
3. Do Jesus’ illustrations encourage you? Do they challenge you? Do they frustrate you? Why?
4. If this is how the Kingdom works, what are the stories we ought to be celebrating that instead we might currently be overlooking or diminishing?
5. Where are you seeing growth personally? Where are you seeing growth at RCC?