The Messiah's Mission

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Part One: The Mission According to Luke’s Gospel

As Jesus began his ministry, he read a sort of “mission statement” taken from the book of Isaiah,

     The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

          because he has anointed me

          to proclaim good news to the poor.

     He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives

          and recovery of sight to the blind,

          to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

 

This was and is the mission of the Person we call our King. The books of Luke and Acts are two volumes that describe, first, how Jesus went about fulfilling his mission and, second, how his followers continued his work. To know our place in the world under the reign of our King, we must understand his kingdom purposes. 

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 20:17-38

Sermon date: June 24, 2018

Preliminary question: Are there times in your life when you have wanted to just give up on something or someone?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 13:1-3

Sermon date: June 17, 2018

Preliminary question: What are some specific ways that you have experienced God’s leading? How is God’s leading different from God’s will?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 12:1-24

Sermon date: June 10, 2018

Preliminary question: Share about ways in which people are vulnerable, and how we try to protect themselves?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 9:1-19

Sermon date: June 3, 2018

Preliminary question: Share about people you know who changed greatly at some point in life (not necessarily related to Christian conversion). What precipitated the change in them?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 7:1-60

Sermon date: May 27, 2018

Preliminary question: Do you think that most people in the world have something for which they are willing to die?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 5:1-11

Sermon date: May 20, 2018

Preliminary question: If group members are comfortable, share about experiences of being deceived by others? What feelings are normally associated with being deceived?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Unity

Acts 4:32-37

Sermon date: May 13, 2018

Preliminary question: Besides a spouse or child, have you ever had a relationship with someone that entailed, “what’s mine is theirs and what’s theirs is mine”?

The Messiah’s Mission- Part 2: Prayer

Acts 4:23-31

Sermon date: May 6, 2018

Preliminary question: Which of the following best describes your prayer life?

  • Like regular breathing: constant communing with God throughout the day.
  • Like sporadic breathing: whenever I remember.
  • Like gasping for air: only when I need something.
  • Like holding my breath: seldom occurs to me.
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