Matthew 5:1-7:29; Matthew 7:24-29; John 15:1-17; Matthew 14:22-33
1. What was the Lower Story this week? What was the Upper Story this week? What was Our Story this week?
2. What are some ways we can really tune in and open our hearts, ready to receive the truth God wants to speak in our life?
3. In this chapter we see that Jesus often taught in stories (parables). Why do you think Jesus used stories to teach about the nature of the Kingdom of God?
4. What was your favorite parable from Jesus that you read this week in chapter 3 of the booklet “The Story of Jesus”? Why?
5. Read Matthew 5:1-7:29. This is called “The Sermon on the Mount.” It is one of the most famous sections of Jesus’ ministry because of how it challenges and convicts. Looking these three chapters, what section(s) did you find most challenging? How is Jesus’ Upper Story view of how things should be different than the Lower Story realty we often see around us? What can we do to be agents of that Upper Story ideal—the Kingdom of God?
Read Matthew 14:22-33. Like Peter, what distracts us in the Lower Story from the new reality of the Upper Story of Jesus? How can we keep our focus on Jesus in the midst of the “winds” of the Lower Story?