Jesus the Philosopher: Answers for Life
Luke 7:11-17, June 10 & 13, 2021
Group Discussion: Did you have anything you feared as a kid, like a monster under the bed or in the closet?
Read out loud: Luke 7:11-17
My response to Jesus power should be:
#1. Fear. Luke tells us that when Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain from the dead, “Fear gripped them (citizens of Nain at the funeral of the son) all…”vs. 16.
Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” How were you taught to fear certain things as a child by your parents? How did or do you teach your kids that there were certain things they should fear?
Fear of the Lord is a:
· compound concept: fear + love = reverence. Electricity is a great example of fear and love. We love it because it gives us air conditioning, we fear it’s raw power. Is there anyone in your group that’s had a serious disaster with electricity?
· has a rational component: moral behavior based on God’s law. What area of the law do you have to deal with most often in your life: traffic law, health codes, construction codes, etc. How do they help and/or irritate you?
· has an emotive component: fear and love synonymous.
“Oh that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me.” Deut. 5:29
“…so that you, your son, your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep His statutes and His commandments…” Deut. 6:2
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might.” Deut. 6:6. Do people in the United States today have a healthy respect or fear of God or do they think of Jesus as their buddy and God as a Santa Claus in the sky? Do you think you have a healthy fear of God?
#2. Worship. Luke says after the son had been resurrected the citizens of Nain “…they began glorifying God…”vs. 16. What is the real point of worship? What’s the easiest part of worship for you to engage in and what’s the most difficult? Is worship a feeling, activity, attitude, action, place specific or can you do it anywhere?
#3. Mission. “This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.”vs. 17. When was the last time you had a serious conversation with someone about Jesus and how did that go?
Family Time: Read the story in Luke 7:11-17 and ask them three questions: 1) Was the Mother happy and thankful Jesus raised her son from the dead? 2) Do you think they had a big party that night? 3) Do you think we should have a party because Jesus loves us and one day we’ll be with Him? Then have a little or a big party celebrating the fact that Jesus is your Savior!!!