Unlike the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, Lukeis written more for a non-Jewish audience. The book is full of stories of Jesus showing compassion, wisdom, and mercy without discrimination. Focusing on eye-witness accounts, Luke documents how Jesus creates a new Godly community that includes the outsiders as he gives them freedom and release. As you watch the video, watch for ways that Jesus rejects the standards of the time and embraces those who are normally excluded.
Luke 4 describes Jesus getting rejected in his home synagogue. Throughout his travels, he had stopped at many synagogues to read scripture and teach. However, when he stopped in Nazareth to do this he was not accepted. After he read a passage from Isaiah about the Messiah, he told the group, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21) They were not pleased, to say the least… they got so upset that they drove him out of town and tried to throw him off a cliff!
– Why do you think they couldn’t see who Jesus really was?
Jesus teaches that God’s kingdom is especially good news for people who are struggling. The poor, the widows and orphans, the sick, the people who are considered outcasts… Jesus says that these people are a special part of the community and deserve grace.
– Why do you think that Jesus showed so much concern for the vulnerable?
– What does that teach us about how to treat people today in our own lives?
When Jesus appointed his disciples, he said:
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:28-31
– What did that kind of radical generosity and love look like to the Jewish people back in those days?
– What does that look like today?
Think about these questions as you now move into some creative response time. Remember that creative response comes from your heart… no one will be judging this! You are free to use whatever materials you have that inspire you. If you would like to share your work, please have your parents help you post it on our Grassroots Facebook page.
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Further Resources for Midweek Church
YOUTH GROUP: If you want to jump in for ZOOM youth group on Monday nights, email our Youth Group Leader Isaac Veurink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WED WORSHIP: This week on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:30pm we will gather live via Zoom for a worship service of song, scripture reading, prayer, and communion. Click on this link at 8:30pm to join in.
HOME GROUPS: Stay tune to hear from your home group leader for more information about your group. If you would like to join in a home group, please email our home groups leader Carolyn Whatley at email@example.com
Grade 5-6 Buds: Calling all Gr. 5-6 kids! You are invited to join us every Wednesday at 2:00 for a Zoom meeting just for you and your roots and shoots class. There will be games, music, challenges, special guests, learning about God, and my more. Zoom link: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/92645944238.
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