In what ways does the “Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” quote (Mr. Tumnus: “After all, he’s not a tame lion.” Lucy: “No, but he is good”) summarize this passage? Why do we often want a “tame Jesus” and how does this passage challenge us?
Why can it be said that a cross-less Christianity is Satanic (see 16:21-23)?
How does it change our thinking to realize that Jesus predicted his own death on a cross and then gave the commands of verse 24 for His disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him?
How does denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Christ go against our culture, the world, our flesh, and the devil? What does it mean for you personally in the life situation you are in now to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Christ?
In what ways will we find our life by losing it for Jesus’ sake (see 16:25)?
How does Jesus challenge and motivate both His followers and unbelievers in 16:26?
How does the promise of repayment–either reward (see Matt. 5:10-11) or punishment (see Romans 2:6-8) challenge and motivate both Jesus’ followers and unbelievers (16:27)?