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Reversal of Fortunes

Everyone loves a good rags-to-riches story. The poor high school athlete who gets a big scholarship to college,  and later goes pro, the kid from a small town who makes it big in Hollywood, or the single mom who successfully launches a multi-million-dollar business from her kitchen table. These stories inspire us to believe that our lives can change for the better. Jesus’ entire ministry was based on great reversals. Everywhere He went, He reversed people’s lives — restoring sight to the blind, causing the lame to walk, and the dead to rise.  But Jesus’ greatest reversal changed the world. Join us as we explore Luke 12-14 to learn how Jesus turns everything around. 

Passage: Luke 12:15-34 

Reversal: We believe that value and security are the found in the accumulation of wealth
Jesus teaches that value and security are found as we seek His Kingdom first 

Practices: Simplify your life by giving away the “extra” 

Practice prioritized, percentage, progressive generosity. 

Daily Reading: 

This week, as you read examples of Jesus and the great reversals from the Gospel of Luke, ask the Holy Spirit to show you where your life needs a reversal. 

Day 1: Luke 1 

Day 2: Luke 4 

Day 3: Luke 6 

Day 4: John 12 

Day 5: Luke 14 

Day 6: Luke 16 

Day 7: Luke 22-24 

Check out this suggested reading list at 

How to be Rich, by Andy Stanley 

The Power of Half, by Kevin Salwen 

The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns 

The 100 Thing Challenge, by Dave Bruno 

More Than Enough, by Dave Ramsey  

Passing the Plate, by Christian Smith 

Think Deeper 

How do you define rich? 

How many square feet of storage are required to keep all your “extra”? 

If someone only had your financial records to evaluate your heart, what would they say you loved? 

Small Group Questions 

Use this outline for personal reflection, as a couple or family devotion, or with a small group.  

HANGOUT [Warming Up to the Topic]  

  1. What is a reversal? What do we mean when we say someone has experienced a reversal? 
  1. Have you ever experienced a reversal? If so, how would you describe that experience? 

HEAR [Listening to God through Scripture]  

As Luke recounts the life and teachings of Jesus, he returns again and again to the theme of reversals. Today we will look at a few examples of reversals from the Gospel of Luke, we will try to understand why the story of Jesus is a story of the greatest reversal. 

  1. Read Luke 1:26-38 & 46-56 
  • Where does Mary describe reversals in her song? What instigated these reversals? 
  • What other circumstances related to the birth of Jesus communicates the idea of reversals? 
  • Read Isaiah 55:8-9. Relate these verses to Mary’s experience in Luke 1. How should these verses help us understand reversals we’ve experienced? 
  1. Read Luke 6:20-36 
  • How do you interpret the reversals Jesus described in vs. 20-26? 
  • What reversals is Jesus calling his followers to make in vs. 27-36? 
  • How are you doing with these reversals in your own life? 
  1. Read Luke 16:19-31 
  • Do you relate more to the rich man or to Lazarus? Why? 
  • What about this reversal is comforting to you? What is disturbing about it? 
  • Based on these three passages (Luke 1, 6, & 16), what would you say are some of the reversals Jesus came to initiate in our world? How can or should the church be involved in these reversals? 

HUDDLE [Making It Personal and Praying Together – in Huddles]  

  1. Is there an area of your life that is in need of a reversal? Talk about it, invite accountability, and take time to pray.