A Poem, a Song, an a Dream
I. The LEADERS have LOST the PLOT
A. God CREATES (Gen. 1-2)
B. Humanity REBELS (Gen. 3)
C. God WORKS to RESTORE His KINGDOM
II. So Jesus TELLS Another STORY (Matt. 21:33-46)
A. Rewriting a POEM (Isaiah 5:1-7)
B. Quoting a Well-known (but perhaps MISUNDERSTOOD) SONG LYRIC (Psalm 118:22-24)
C. Remembering a STRANGE DREAM (Daniel 2:34-35,44-45a)
III. Finding the PLOT and our PLACE in it
A. REMEMBERING this is NOT our VINEYARD (Matt. 21:33; Psalm 24:1)
B. The MASTER simply wants FRUIT (Matt. 21:34; 2 Pet. 3:9; Micah 6:8)
C. How will you RESPOND to the SON? (John 3:16-21)
Questions for Further Reflection
1. Kid’s Question: Can you remember a time when you shared with someone, but they didn’ttreat your possession nicely or use it the way you would like them to? How did that make you feel? How did you handle that situation? How might that situation relate to this story that Jesus told?
2. How would you describe the plot of the Bible in 5 sentences or less?
3. What ideas about God have you misunderstood in the past? How have they led to you missing out on Jesus, or as Jesus put it, neglecting the cornerstone?
4. In what ways do you struggle to remember the plot? What do you feel is your place in the plot?
5. What do you think God wants? What does God want from you? From the church? Fromyour unbelieving friends? If the Master simply wants fruit, what does that look like?
6. What do you think it means to fall upon the stone and be broken? Have there been times in your life where you feel you have clashed with the stone and been broken or crushed? What came out of those seasons?
7. How might Jesus be asking you to respond to him today? Are there areas of your lifewhere you are ignoring the Master’s rightful call for obedience and fruit? Are there areas where you have set yourself up as the grand authority? When the Son comes, how will you respond?