Group Life Study and Application Questions:
1. What are you most looking forward to in the next few weeks as we enter into the month of November? Or, what challenges are you facing?
The accounts of the life of Jesus (in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are intended to introduce us to Jesus. They do so in a powerful way that demonstrates Jesus as this world's one true Lord. We are confronted with our own desperate need for Jesus. Let's consider two accounts of the healing and deliverance ministry of Jesus found in Luke.
2. First, read and explore Luke 4.31-37. Jesus shows up on a normal Sabbath gathering in Capernaum. Suddenly, there is a commotion and confrontation. Unpack what happened? Imagine yourself being there. Notice all the responses to this. What would be your response?
3. Why do you think it is difficult for citizens of developed countries of Europe and North America to believe in the real conflict between darkness and light, demons and Christ? How could this story relate to us or inform us? Where have you seen or heard of demonic things happening today?”
4. From this event in the life of Jesus and the synagogue congregation, what is there about Jesus that you find compelling, amazing or mystifying? Why do you (and we) need this Jesus?
5. Second, read Luke 19.10-17. Jesus shows up again to 'church.' What causes this miracle to happen? What strikes you as significant in this event? What creates awe and gratitude in your own heart?
6. Tell each other how you have experienced liberation or healing (of all kinds) because of the compassion and power of Jesus. Where have you been like the demonized man or the bent over woman? Next, are there some areas of your life now where you need more of his liberating and healing work?
7. What is there about Jesus in these stories that you would like to tell your friends who do not yet follow Jesus? How could you tell them about him?
Coming: Living Free workshop/November 15 and 16. Register at www.pnconline.org/events.