The love of Jesus is radical. He pushes past personality types, personal opinions, and even prejudice. Jesus loves people that culture turns their backs on. This includes the marginalized, disenfranchised, and ostracized. Jesus loves them. Jesus died for them. Jesus pursues them. You have never laid eyes on a person that Jesus didn’t love. In this series, we will study three stories that exemplify the radical love of Jesus, and learn how to apply the same lens of love to our own lives.
Here is how this free Bible Study on the Radical love of Jesus breaks down:
Part 1: GOD’S LOVE: RADICAL, RELATIONAL, AND RIGHT NOW
Zacchaeus was one of the most hated people in the entire city. He was a professional thief employed by the Romans to prey on the poor. Tax collectors were notorious crooks as they would extort people into paying them money in exchange for not sending them to prison. Tax collectors like Zacchaeus were completely outcasted from their culture. Nobody wanted anything to do with little him — except Jesus. He broke down cultural barriers to invite a hated man out to dinner.
Scripture: Luke 19:1-9
Part 2: GOOD SAMARITAN 1/2: SEE LIKE JESUS
This parable teaches that you should love everyone — even those that culture deems unlovable. Jesus loved the outcasts. He loved the people the world loved to hate. He was a friend to sinners. He had a heart for the marginalized and the minority. Jesus shared meals with those that people didn’t even want in their neighborhood. Why? Because the love of God moved through Him.
Scripture: Luke 10:33-37
Part 3: GOOD SAMARITAN 2/2: DO LIKE JESUS
When asked to explain love, Jesus started by showing us what love is not. It’s not just kind words, good vibes, and volunteering at Church. True love overflows from inside you to those around you — changing the way you approach all people. This passage serves as a warning to all followers. We serve a God of love, so we are called to mirror that. The love of God and the love of the people God created are intertwined with one another.
Scripture: Luke 10:25-33
Part 4: JUDAS STILL ATE
This is the overwhelming, inconceivable, radical love of Jesus on display. I imagine most people would have thrown Judas down the stairs or refused to serve him a plate. Not Jesus. Judas was still invited to sit at the table. We can understand loving someone who loves us back, but Jesus loved someone who turned him in to the authorities.
Scripture: Matthew 26:20; 25-30
This Free Bible Study on the radical love of Jesus includes:
–4-part small group guide (intended for stand-alone small groups)
–Graphics to reinforce this content on social media
–Bonus devotional on the Gospel of Mark
This small group Bible Study is part of a sermon series! You might also like this sermon series on the Radical Love of Jesus.