JESUS OF SUPRISES
We read in the Gospel of Luke how Jesus carries out his mission in a way that people do not expect. He eats with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 5:27-31), he heals the servant of a Roman centurion (Luke 7:1-10), he calls the most unlikely people (Luke 5:1-11), women leave their accustomed roles to follow him (Luke 8:1-3) and he declares blessed those who are often thought to be on the margins (Luke 6:12-26).  In other words, Jesus seems to be constantly pushing boundaries.  Through words and deeds Jesus, the great wisdom teacher, stretches the the people’s imagination revealing new ways of proceeding. 
"Jesus is challenging his hearers to break out of the moulds they are being offered, and to come to the startling new way he is pioneering." | NT Wright, Luke for everyone
What is your take on boundaries? Are you comfortable pushing the envelope and colouring outside the lines?  Do you agree that perhaps boundaries exist only to be shifted.
Shifting boundaries will place us on a series of untrodden paths. Are you a person of habit afraid of the new, afraid of surprises, afraid of untrodden paths? If your answer is yes, ask “why”?
Finally, what about the letter “N” in the above graphic?  What could it stand for when it comes to naming ways that can help you stretch the boundaries of your imagination, moving from "I have always done it this way" to "let’s explore other ways" ?

JESUS OF SUPRISES

We read in the Gospel of Luke how Jesus carries out his mission in a way that people do not expect. He eats with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 5:27-31), he heals the servant of a Roman centurion (Luke 7:1-10), he calls the most unlikely people (Luke 5:1-11), women leave their accustomed roles to follow him (Luke 8:1-3) and he declares blessed those who are often thought to be on the margins (Luke 6:12-26).  In other words, Jesus seems to be constantly pushing boundaries.  Through words and deeds Jesus, the great wisdom teacher, stretches the the people’s imagination revealing new ways of proceeding. 

"Jesus is challenging his hearers to break out of the moulds they are being offered, and to come to the startling new way he is pioneering." NT WrightLuke for everyone

  • What is your take on boundaries? Are you comfortable pushing the envelope and colouring outside the lines?  Do you agree that perhaps boundaries exist only to be shifted.
  • Shifting boundaries will place us on a series of untrodden paths. Are you a person of habit afraid of the new, afraid of surprises, afraid of untrodden paths? If your answer is yes, ask “why”?
  • Finally, what about the letter “N” in the above graphic?  What could it stand for when it comes to naming ways that can help you stretch the boundaries of your imagination, moving from "I have always done it this way" to "let’s explore other ways" ?