Series: That You May Know Love
Title: Part 1
Date: January 3, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
As I come to the new year, I ask, “What will help me move forward? Sweeping change or small change?"
Example: I was overweight and I changed everything in my life and I was eating only air…I quit by dinner and was vegan for 2 hours.
Change must be sustainable over time, so small changes in habits get us further down the road. This is why we say, “If you don’t spend time with God, then try 5 minutes a day!” and we will give you a guide to help you start.
Temptations of Jesus
There is no one spiritual habit that is more life changing than reading and reflecting on Scripture. If you engage in the practice, then you will see change over time!
I want you to see some things that can be learned from Jesus being tempted (Luke 4:1-13)
When you are tempted: Knowing scripture will help you stand ﬁrm.
When you are tempted: Even scripture can be misused to lead someone astray. Learn the difference between knowledge & wisdom.
When you are tempted: When the devil had ﬁnished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 (NIV)
Jesus Returns to His Home Town
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. Luke 4:14 (NIV)
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:16-19 (NIV)
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulﬁlled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21 (NIV)
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. Luke 4:22a (NIV)
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. Luke 4:28-29 (NIV)
What buttons would Jesus have to push in your life to make you that angry?
It is only Good News, if you need a Savior.
The truth is: We all want a Savior, very few of us want a Lord.
Save us, but don’t mess in our life or call us out on our issues. What Jesus has to say is hard and calls us to levels that we cannot attain and we can easily get offended by God.
Jesus says things like:
• Truly I tell you, you care more about looking good than being good.
• Truly I tell you, your wealth gets in the way of your need for God — you can’t have both.
• Truly I tell you, you feel justiﬁed in the way you judge, and even dislike, other people. You may be surprised when God judges you in the same way.
What words of Jesus offend you?
We all want a Savior, very few of us want a Lord. You can’t have one without the other!
I want the beauty from ashes without the ﬁre.
We love: Forgiveness, Grace, Mercy, Love
But it comes with: Truth, Conviction, Sorrow, Change
These things go hand in hand with each other.
Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me. Luke 7:23 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b - 32 (NIV)
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. - Mark Twain
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, Isaiah 61:2a (NIV)
Personal prayer to pray: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
· What is something you are hoping for or striving for in the New Year?
· What are some of the things that happen when a person comes back home after being way for a long time?
· What was Jesus’ reputation at this point in His life? (v. 4:14-15)
· What five activities show that the Spirit of the Lord is on a person? (v. 4:18-29)
· How did the audience respond to Jesus’ reading? (v. 4:20-22)
· What did Jesus say that made the people furious? (v. 4:23-28)
· What did the people try to do to Jesus (v. 4:29-20)
· What buttons would Jesus have to push in your life to make you that angry?
· What do you think about the phrase “We all want a Savior, very few of us want a Lord”?
· What teachings of Jesus do you find difficult, upsetting, or hard to receive?
Read Psalm 139:23-34 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
· What thoughts come to mind as you read Psalm 139:23-24?
· What would it look like to incorporate this prayer into your life?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?