Celebrate the Good News – Dan Shurr

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Dan Shurr preached a sermon titled Celebrate the Good News  focusing on Luke 4:17-20.
Luke 4:17-20.
ICEBREAKER: Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
1. Luke 4:16-17 give us a brief glimpse into Jesus’ spiritual life along with the worship practices of the first century Jews. What do you learn from these verses, as well as Matthew 21:12-13; Luke 5:16; and Luke 11:1, that inspire your walk with the Lord?
2. Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit throughout His earthly ministry [Luke 4:18; cf. Luke 4:1; Luke 10:21; Acts 10:38]. How do you live in light of the resources provided by the Holy Spirit? Consider Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; and Ephesians 5:15-20 as well.
3. The text Jesus read in Nazareth’s synagogue was from Isaiah 61, which is clearly messianic. How would people identify the Messiah from this text? Did Jesus qualify? Examine other passages such as Matthew 4:17; Matthew 11:2- 6; Luke 8:26-33; and Luke 13:10-17.
4. Jesus stopped reading Isaiah 61 halfway through verse 2 and did not read “…and the day of vengeance of our God.” Why do you think He stopped there? Consult also Matthew 20:28; John 1:29; John 3:17; and 1 Timothy 1:15.
5. “To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” [Luke 4:19] refers back to the Jewish practice of the year of Jubilee [Leviticus 25:8-12]. From Jesus’ lips, the Jubilee year becomes a word picture of salvation. What should be our response to total debt forgiveness, according to this text and Matthew 18:32-33; Luke 5:24; Ephesians 4:32; and Colossians 3:12-13?
6. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s messianic prophecy [Luke 4:21]. However, by vs. 29, his hometown people completely turned against Him. What happened? What are your expectations of Jesus [cf. Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 24:21; and Acts 1:6]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“You don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” (Tim Keller)