Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Learning

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the third of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Learning’ Preacher: The Rev’d Dr Dan Rouhead. Bible Reading: Luke 10:38-42

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BIBLE READING: Luke 10:38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” 


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CONNECT: What is one way this week that you can yield more to Jesus?

WARM-UP Question

  1. Think about a teacher who has made a major impact on you. Share with the group.

  2. When you are sad, or tired, or discouraged, what do you turn to for refreshment?

READ Luke 10:38

  1. If you could have dinner with five people from history, who would you chose? Share your reasons.

  2. Why was Martha the one to invite Jesus to the home she shared with Mary and Lazarus?

  3. Why did Martha invite Jesus to her home? What might her motivation have been?

  4. How do we welcome Jesus into our lives? What are the parts of your life when you are most tempted to exclude Jesus?

READ Luke 10:39

  1. Where was Mary and what was she doing? Why was this surprising?

  1. Why is it important for disciples to listen to their teacher(s)?

  2. What are some of the ways you sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to him? What could be some simple ways to punctuate your day more regularly with opportunities to listen to Jesus?

  3. What are some of the barriers to listening to Jesus? What questions could we ask of one another to encourage each other in our relationship with God?

READ Luke 10:40-42

  1. Why is Martha so frustrated? How did Jesus respond to her call for help?

  2. Do you think you’re ever in danger of focusing more on ‘task’ than actual relationship with God? What is most helpful in not neglecting your relationship with God?

  3. What aspects of contemporary culture pull us away from listening to Jesus?

  4. How does being too busy pull us away from listening to Jesus?

  5. Can our church ministry be a barrier to listening to Jesus?

  6. What should be our first priority? How do we keep Jesus’ teaching?

APPLY: How will you listen to Jesus this week?


Lord God, help us to trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Help us to welcome him into our lives, and give us open hearts and minds to receive his teaching. Help us to put aside anything that would pull us away from hearing Jesus. Help us to sit at Jesus’ Feet and listen to all he wants us to hear. Amen.