Bible Study - LUKE: This Is Us

1. Do you like cold weather or warm weather best? Why? What is something you are thankful for or are celebrating?

2. Where are you experiencing stress or anxiety as you start a new year? Ask your group to be praying with you about that.

3. What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

4. Read Luke 4:14-42. Look at the notes in your Luke Journal related to this passage (pages 32-38). What stood out to you the most from these readings? What questions did you make note of that were raised for you by these readings? Did anything in these readings prompt you to do anything? To change anything? To believe something new?

5. Chris mentioned that God’s love doesn’t always equal smooth sailing. Make a list of the ways this passage says or implies that Jesus faced resistance or outright opposition. How many of these types of resistance or opposition have you faced in your life? What, if anything, do you see in this passage that gives you an idea of how Jesus may have kept his tenacity, persistence and focus?

6. Read Isaiah 61:1-3. Which of the things Jesus came to do that are listed in this passage do you need or desire the most right now. Why? Which of the things listed in this passage do you most want to see your enemies receive?

7. When Jesus is reading the passage from Isaiah in Luke 4, why do you think He stopped reading at the word “favor” instead of “vengeance?” Do you think the people Jesus was speaking to in Luke 4 agreed with Him about which of those two words best described God’s dominant character? Why? Which do you think best describes God’s dominant character? Why?

8. Read Luke 4:25-27. Why do you think Jesus reminds the people that God blessed foreigners in the days of Elijah and Elisha? What if anything do you think that has to say about God’s dominant
character? Are you ever jealous of how God has worked in the lives of other people? Have you ever
resented God’s blessing of people who you consider to be enemies? Why?

9. Read Romans 12:9-21. What stands out to you in this passage as something you could be doing to bring blessing, peace, freedom or healing to others. Jesus has brought freedom in more ways that we might imagine. How’s He brought it to you? How do you think He wants to bring it through you to others?

10. In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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