Episode 172 – Jesus in Galilee Pt 5: Gospel Patrons of Magdala

Key Passage(s): Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 5:13

As an itinerant rabbi with disciples, Jesus was dependent on the hospitality and generosity of others. So, who funded Jesus’s ministry? The answer will make you chuckle and marvel at who God uses to advance His purposes in the world. But in order to find out who funded Jesus, we need to learn about the wealthy city of Magdala. By the end of this episode, you’ll be inspired to be more intentional about using the gifts and resources God has given you to advance His purposes here on earth.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • Where in your own life have you been touched by the generosity and hospitality of others? 
  • What are some of the concrete ways (be specific) you are investing in God’s kingdom right now? 
  • What are some of the ways you’ve been thinking about or feel compelled to invest in God’s kingdom? 
  • Reflect on Lynne Twist’s quote about “being known not for what we accumulate but what we allocate.” Where in your life have you given in such a way that it makes you think, “Yeah, that’s the kind of thing I want to be known for supporting?” 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

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  1. Ben Habeck January 16, 2024 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Was in magdala a few months ago and Spent time with father Juan at that site.

    • Brad Nelson January 17, 2024 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Habeck! Very cool. We’re looking forward to the time when they open the second 1st Century synagogue. Hope you’re doing well.

  2. Gail Stashick March 12, 2024 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Our trip of a lifetime to Israel did not happen due to the terrible outbreak of the current war. As we pray for all impacted by this war, we realize the delay in our trip is being used for our good as we are blessed to learn more through such wonderful teaching resources as WALK THE TEXT, before we eventually, God willing, do visit our Savior, Jesus, homeland. Thank you for answering the call to educate us as we deepen our faith relationship with Jesus.

    • Brad Nelson March 13, 2024 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Gail, what a beautiful way to see the time God’s given you. Thanks for inviting us to journey with you on the way!

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