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Sixth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 8:26-39

Main Point:  Jesus allows things in the spiritual battle that display the true values of our hearts.

  • Jesus can bring freedom to any level of spiritual bondage [26-31]
    • Demons do not rightfully own things; God does
    • The man’s demonization is a worst-case scenario
      • While the exact causes are unknown, the effects are dramatic
        • Mark 5:4
        • Isaiah 65:1-7
    • The man’s falling before Jesus is not worship, but rather unconditional surrender to a more powerful opponent
  • Jesus will not be present with those who fearfully reject Him [32-37]
    • The response of the townspeople to all that occurred was fear
      • If we are more frightened by what Jesus is going to take out of our lives than excited about what He will bring into them, we’re in a dangerous place
      • Isaiah 17:12-13
  • Jesus clearly wants us to share our story with our friends [38-39]
    • The healed man wants to be with Jesus
      • However Jesus has different expectations of different disciples
    • However, all disciples are called to evangelize
      • Psalm 65:5-8
  • Application Questions:
    • What are things in your life that you tend to value more than helping people in the way Jesus calls us to do so?
    • How does a person go about helping people who are trapped in catastrophic spiritual bondage?

Fifth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 7:36-50

Main Point:  Those who truly appreciate Jesus are those who embrace the depth of the miracle of forgiveness.

  • 1.  Giving Jesus the bare minimum expected of you [36,39-46]
    • Simon is interested in Jesus, but only does the bare minimum for Him
      • Simon’s motives for inviting Jesus to his home are unclear
    • Simon assumes Jesus is not a prophet, however he keeps that to himself
      • He doesn’t believe Jesus has any special insight about the situation with the woman
      • He doesn’t believe Jesus is aware of just who the woman is
    • He addresses Jesus respectfully
    • He does not give Jesus water for His feet, or greet Him with a kiss
    • A denarius (pl. denarii) is a day’s wage for a laborer or soldier
    • Simon fails to recognize his need of much forgiveness, and therefore loves Jesus little
  • 2.  Giving Jesus an extravagant demonstration of gratitude [37-38, 47-50]
    • The woman is a notorious sinner
      • It took courage for her to even appear at Simon’s house
      • ointment = fragrant oil
    • The woman is overcome with sorrow and shame for her sins
    • Her actions show her gratitude for her forgiveness
      • Letting her hair down was considered immodest
      • She sacrifices her beauty by wiping her tears off of Jesus’s dirty feet
    • Jesus acknowledges the woman’s many sins
      • He elevates standards of holiness rather than diminish them
        • This reflects the character of the Father
      • He does not define sins out of existence, or minimize them
    • One cannot experience God’s forgiveness without admitting their need for God’s grace
      • The woman recognizes her need of God’s grace, which is why she shows her love for Jesus
    • Who can forgive the sins people commit?
      • Jesus can, which demonstrates He is much more than a prophet
    • “Go in peace” = “experience Yahweh’s shalom”
      • Jesus heals the woman’s heart because she has faith
    • Faith is a believing response to God’s grace
    • Jesus does for the woman what she could not do for herself
      • Her response is gratitude
    • 1 John 4:19
    • Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How do people cope with shame unhealthily? What is the proper way to deal with shame in a Christian’s life?
    • What is a dramatic gesture that you could make that would express your thanks for Jesus’ forgiveness?

Fourth in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 6:6-11

Main Point:  We should never take a vacation from reflecting the Father’s compassionate response to people’s need.

  • 1.  Days of rest were not designed for judgmental plotting [6-9]
    • Jesus customarily met with other devout Israelites in the synagogue on the Sabbath
      • The Sabbath lasts from Friday evening to Saturday evening
    • Tradition states the man with the paralyzed hand was a stonemason
      • Paralyzed:  Withered, shriveled
    • The Pharisees and Scribes were looking to bring formal charges against Jesus for violating laws on the Sabbath
      • Observance of the Sabbath was taken very seriously, as it was a foundational cultural practice for the Israelites
    • Jesus’ commands to the man make public the secretive spying of the Pharisees and Scribes and tests the man’s willingness to obey Jesus
    • “Sabbath provides for us now an additional rhythm for an entire reorientation of our lives around the living God.  On Sabbaths we imitate God by stopping our work and resting.” – Peter Scazzero
      • Exodus 20:8-11
      • Romans 14:5-6
  • Jesus remembers to be compassionate even when angry [10-11]
    • If the Pharisees and Scribes were truly taking the Sabbath seriously, they would be reflecting the Father’s heart, and answer Jesus.
      • They had made themselves lords of the Sabbath
      • The Talmud made exceptions for medical work on the Sabbath to save life, to help birth a baby, and to do circumcision
    • Jesus leaves no room for neutral inaction
      • “It is almost as if refusal to do good is evil itself” – Bock
        • James 4:17
    • What is Jesus feeling and experiencing as he’s gazing around at the crowd?
      • Mark 3:5
    • In order for the man to extend his broken hand, healing already had to be taking place
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • When are times that you have set aside in the rhythm of your life to rest and spend time with God?
    • How do you tend to react when someone interrupts your personal time with an urgent need?
    • When are times that your personal core values and religious sensibilities are at odds with Jesus?
    • How does a person go about changing what they value to align with God’s perspective?

Third in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 5:27-32

Main Point:  Being a Jesus-follower includes making inconvenient changes and interacting with uncomfortable people.

  • 1.  Jesus’ offer is to turn around, and never turn back [27-28, 32b]
    • Jesus takes the initiative to call Levi
    • Tax collectors were despised by the people, and outcast from society
      • Therefore, Jesus’ calling of Levi was a scandal to those around Him
    • Levi leaving his post to follow Jesus ended his lucrative career as a tax collector
    • Repentance:  Change of mind and change of action
  • Jesus is not as picky about His companions as we are [29-32]
    • Levi’s banquet was probably quite lavish
      • Jesus was the guest of honor
      • “A converted man will not wish to go to heaven alone.”
      • The Pharisees and scribes were left to eavesdrop outside the feast
    • The Pharisees and scribes did not have the courage to challenge Jesus directly, so they challenged the disciples instead
      • Table fellowship signifies friendship and acceptance
      • “Drinking” intensifies their suspicion:  “What is going on here?”
    • Jesus’ response indicates the “sick” recognize their need of help; the “healthy” do not
      • Isaiah 59:15-20
      • Matthew 5:3
      • Matthew 9:13
      • Hosea 6:6
        • Loyalty: Mercy, steadfast love, kindness, goodness
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How does a person go about interacting with sinful people without being polluted by their behavior?
    • What does it actually look like to repent of our sin?

Second in the series “Jesus Is For The Broken”

Luke 5:1-11

Main Point:  The Boss of every aspect of living life well, has fashioned a purposeful plan specifically for you.

  1. Jesus’ competence is not limited to religious matters [1-7]
    1. Ezekiel 47:6-10
  2. Jesus’ design is groundbreaking to a responsive heart [8-11]
    1. Isaiah 6:5
    2. Romans 12:1-2
  3. Applications and Next Steps:
    1. What are some opportunities you have every week to use your story with Jesus to “catch people?”
    2. What aspects of your life is he calling you to see differently?
    3. How does having Jesus as you Lord impact your everyday vocation?

Luke 4:31-37

Main Point: Jesus has the spiritual authority to bring us freedom even from religious spiritual darkness.

  • Jesus’ message is the expert opinion on living life [31 – 32]
    • Matthew 7:28-29
    • John 7:45-46
  • Jesus’ actions have the same authority as his words [33-37]
    • 1.  One of Jesus’ goals in rescuing us is destroying darkness
      • 1 John 3:7-8
    • 2.  Jesus has all the authority needed to accomplish this mission
      • Matthew 25:18-20
    • 3.  We have the authority we need when we remember we remember we are in Him.
      • Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 1:26
  • Applications & Next Steps:
    • How does a person go about finding spiritual freedom if even being a part of a religious setting is not sufficient?
    • How can you share Jesus’ message with your friends and neighbors this year?

The Wonderful Kingdom

Twentieth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:1-8

 

Main Point:  Because reality is truly about relationship withe God, all of life’s complexities simplify to one of two destinations.

  • Destination 1:  Eternity in separation from God [20:11-15; 21:8]
    • Luke 12:4-7
  • Destination 2:  Eternity in communion with God [21:1-7]
    • Isaiah 65:17-19
    • Hosea 2:3
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • Based on this text what are you selecting for New Year’s Resolutions?
    • How should the reality of this coming Epiphany change what you value in 2018?
    • What are you waiting for in deciding to follow Jesus?

The Harvest Song

Seventeenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 15:1-4

Main Point:  Songs are more important to our spiritual journey than most of us realize.

  • Heart-felt music springs from our common identity [1-2]
    • Colossians 3:15-17
  • Life-changing music expresses something of God’s character [3-4
    • Exodus 15:1-3, 11
    • Deuteronomy 32:3-4
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How could you use music to encourage your relationship with God this advent season?
    • How could you use music to encourage others in their pursuit of God this advent season?
    • What is your favorite Christmas carol, and what does it teach you about God?

Facing The Monsters

Sixteenth in the series “Your Part In The Big Story”

Revelation 13:1-18

Main Point:  Jesus followers must be intentional in how we retort the political and ideological schemes of the enemy.

  • Politics that unjustly mechanizes power is dangerous[1-10a]
    • Daniel 7:24-25
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
  • Ideology that uncritically supports power is treacherous[11-18]
    • Matthew 7:15-16
    • Deuteronomy 13:1-3
  • Disciples who patiently trust God are victorious[10b]
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • How frightened are you of the world’s power machine?
    • How much do your values align with the political powers?
    • Which worldly ideology is most attractive to you?
    • How do we build perseverance into our lives?