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WebClass Bible Study Resources for February 7, 2016

The teacher for this session is Kathy Thompson.

Thanks for the lesson on Sunday. It's good to be together. 
 
There are four clips this week! We will never get to all of them.

We are all proud of our hometowns. 

  • What is something about your hometown that you are proud of?
  • When things are not going your way, how do you usually react?
  • When you are afraid, do you fight or seek flight?

View ATTACK!!! movie clip.

  • How often when things are going against us do we simply attack without a plan?
  • How does that usually work out? 
  • Who gets hurt?
  • How come we often fail to learn from our mistakes in this area?
  • What is the most extravagant event you have ever attended? 
  • What made it extravagant?

View The Drink Movie clip.

  • These people had been hungry most of their lives and now they were at this extravagant party. 
  • How do you think they were feeling?
  • Would a drink that makes you sick so you can eat more be a good thing?
  • If you spoke up against the people throwing the party in this movie clip, what do you think the reaction would be?

In last week's lesson, Jesus entered the synagogue with an agenda. It was obvious that the Spirit of God was with Jesus. Now he explains why. He is the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophesy.

Read Luke 4:21-30.

View Jesus Rejected video.

  • Even though the details of this video do not perfectly match our text, do you see why everyone got so upset?
These people knew Jesus. But... it seems Jesus knew them even better. They wanted him to perform miracles. They wanted him to do all the things they had heard he had done in other places. And then Jesus, as he is prone to do, tells a couple of stories. The first story is about when Elijah provides a non-Jewish widow with food in a time of famine and at a time when many Jewish women struggled. (This story can be found in 1 Kings 17.) The second story, which can be found in 2 Kings 5, is the story of when Elisha healed a non-Jew of leprosy.

Jesus's point seems to be that in these stories, these prophets were with their people—but their people could not or would not receive what they had to offer. So those gifts were given elsewhere.

  • How would you summarize the listeners' response to Jesus? 

"The word translated as 'marveled or were amazed' often appears as a response to Jesus, but typically to indicate wonder or curiosity that falls short of belief... It's one thing to hear Jesus' teaching or see his mighty works and say, 'Wow! That's amazing!' It is another thing to say, 'I believe: I will follow." (Rick Jordan)

  • What do you think?
  • Is this a true statement?
  • Were the listeners admirers or followers? 
  • Why?

One barrier to discipleship for the listeners may have been that they knew Jesus already.

  • What do you think?
  • What barriers to discipleship do we have in our lives?
  • Do you ever look at your children and see them as little children or the children they used to be rather than the adults they have become?
  • Could that be a part of what was going on with the folks in the synagogue that day?

The people felt like they knew Jesus. There was a sense of familiarity. 
I wonder if because we think we all know Jesus really well that we don't fully comprehend who he is and who he came to minister to.

  • Who did Jesus come to redeem? 
  • What was his mission?
  • Does our long acquaintance make us less sensitive to the radical nature of what he calls us to do now?
  • Are we, in some ways, like his first listeners?

View Dodging God video.

  • Why do we avoid the call of God?
  • Why do we get so emotional and give excuses so easily when opportunities to serve happen?

"Following Jesus is hard. And when we are on this journey, we all encounter some teaching of Jesus that holds a mirror up and shows us where we need to step it up, where we have not been living as we ought to live, where we are ready to put Jesus down and be done with the discipleship lifestyle." (Rick Jordan)

  • What do you think?
  • Is it possible that following Jesus' teachings could be construed as a radical act?

Dwight Moody said in a sermon, "We like our Jesus good and dead...in that we can interpret him and his actions to fit our religion, but not be accountable for following the things he told us to do. It seems like a crowd in this passage was thinking some of the same things."

  • Do you think this is true?

 

Facilitator

 
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A native of Virginia, Kathy Thompson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. She also married a Baptist minister! She and her husband, Robert, live in Ashland, Virginia where he recently retired as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ashland, where they served for 20 years. Kathy was active in the music department at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and teaches music at Liberty Christian School. She and Robert are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Jennifer, and Christopher and grandparents to Peyton Elizabeth. They also have a precious dog named Eli.

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