Not What You Might Think

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon:Luke 4:21-30

Sermon Outline

Jesus presented himself to the worshippers at the synagogue in Nazareth as the fulfillment of God’s promise to send his Messiah to his people. While they were enamored with Jesus at first, the hometown crowd soon became angered by the way that Jesus presented himself to be more than the mere carpenter’s boy they had come to know over the years. As a result, they told Jesus precisely whom they thought/knew he was and later demonstrated what they thought of him by attempting to throw him off a high cliff.

Sermon Application

  • What does it take to truly get to know someone?
  • Why did the citizens of Nazareth feel so confident that they already knew Jesus pretty well?
  • What was Jesus telling them about himself that took them by surprise? How might it have encouraged them? Does it encourage you? How?
  • What was Jesus telling them about themselves that might have encouraged them? What might have offended them?
  • If Jesus was sent to the spiritually blind and he has been sent to you, what might that mean?
  • If Jesus was sent to captives and he has been sent to you, what might that mean?
  • If Jesus was sent to the bruised and damaged and he has been sent to you, what might that mean?
  • How is knowing Jesus the key to eternal life? (John 17:3)
  • Why do you suppose that, like the people of Nazareth, we also prefer to tell Jesus who he is rather than allowing him to reveal himself to us?
  • How does this affect our participation in eternal life?
  • Take a few minutes and consider any areas of your life where you might be attempting to tell Jesus who he is rather than receiving him as he has reveled himself to be.
  • The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.

Questions?

Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (tglenn@StAndrews.Church).

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