This weeks Scripture readings:
Connection Points 1-27-19 (Luke 4:16-30)
We continued our sermon series this weekend entitled “Who is Jesus?” and rejoiced that Jesus is the promised Messiah who not only proclaims Good News, but actually is the Good News! He is the Promised One who proclaims Good News to the poor, freedom to the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and the release of the oppressed. It’s all Good News and yet the people in the synagogue and people today reject Jesus. Why would anyone reject Good News?
The Good News that Jesus lived, died, and rose for sinners is one of the most “offensive” pieces of Good News the world has ever heard. It’s because this message of the cross and the empty tomb implies that I am a sinner and that I need saving. So, you can either reject the Good News because you find it offensive, or you can rejoice in the Good News because you are a sinner and the promised Messiah has come to set you free. This I know: I’m a sinner who needs saving, so I will rejoice!
Connection Point Discussion Questions 1-27-19
- Read Luke 4:16-30
- What do you remember from the reading, sermon, or devotion this week?
- What comes to mind when you hear the word Messiah? What significance does this particular title for Jesus have?
- Why did the people in the synagogue reject the Good News of Jesus?
- Why do people today reject the Good News of Jesus?
- We sometimes talk about the “offence of the cross.” What is that all about?
- What point do you think Jesus was trying to make when he talked about the prophets going to help the Gentiles?
- Why is it Good News that the sin and unfaithfulness of the people in the synagogue, people today, and even you and me can’t stop Jesus from doing what He came to earth to do?