Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in your life the past week?
What’s one expectation you had as a kid of what “adult life” would be that wasn’t the case when you got there?
16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”
22 Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
23 Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ 24 But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.
25 “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27 And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”
28 When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 29 Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30 but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.
Luke 4:16-30 (NLT)
If you had been one of the people at the synagogue, hearing Jesus read the Isaiah verses and say, “this has been fulfilled this very day,” what would you have been thinking?
a. Alright, we could use some of that good news and relief!
b. So, when do you start getting rid of those oppressive Romans?
c. How are you going to do that? You’re the kid we saw grow up down the street.
d. Today? I don’t see it yet!
e. other _____________________
Why do you think the people turned so suddenly on Jesus?
Why did Jesus refused to do the “miracles” and “signs” that people expected of him in his hometown?
When you chose to follow God, what was on your list of hopes and “expectations” for what he would do for you? What is on that list today?
Why do you think God doesn’t always meet our expectations (even when they seem “good” to us)? How has this happened in your life?
How might this week be different if you were to offer God all your hopes and expectations in exchange for his purposes for your week?