February 7, 2021 - “The Emmaus Road” (Luke 24:13-35)
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures if gathering in-person, seeking to enjoy the devotion of sharing a meal. Consider how to safely eat together (try to have each family bring food for their household, etc.).
Worship & Prayer (20 min)
“Worship is the acknowledgment of, agreement with, and yielding to lordship, wholeheartedly offering attention and affection to ascribe worth.”
Follow this LINK for this week’s Worship Resource that also has practical instructions on how to worship together on Zoom.
- YouTube Playlist
- This playlist includes one song for communal singing and one instrumental song for contemplation/meditation.
- Psalm 24 for Lectio Divina
We are going to pause for 2 minutes to consider how we will give this week. For those that call Navah home, this is a time for you to give right now or review your giving to all God does in and through Navah. During this time, also listen and ask the Spirit if there is a need/person He wants you to bless. Let’s wait in silence for 2 minutes now. Give Online.
Navah has exciting new rhythms of scripture reading and prayer together. These are the initial steps of a common practice, receiving the richness of formation in the Word of God and time with him. The reading plan and weekly Prayer Resource is underway! Print off a paper copy of the Navah website and join in:
Kids (time varies)
Consider how you integrate these kids’ resources from Navah Kids. Each home church will do this differently depending on the number and age of the children participating. Remember to include your kids as much as possible and have fun! You can access the resource HERE.
Care (20 min)
- Hi/Lo or Good News Stories
- Invite each person to share a brief Hi/Lo (gratitude and prayer need)
- Consider having the next person who shares pray a short blessing over the previous person who has shared.
Commentary and DBS Questions - Luke 24:13-35
“But we were hoping…” As the disciples traveled the long road to Emmaus from Jerusalem, the struggle between what now was and what was previously hoped for was at the center of their conversation. Now faced with the reality of the death of the Lord Jesus, the once hopeful-looking world now looked bleaker than it ever had before Jesus.
Disoriented, disillusioned, and defeated. Perhaps three words that could have described the hearts of these Jesus followers. And yet, beautifully, it is precisely in this moment that Jesus subtly comes near them. Unknown to them, Jesus Himself draws alongside, asks questions, and listens well. He literally walks through their pain, not rushing them to answer, but showing again the richness of His shepherding, being tender and attentive. But in true-love fashion, He does not let them set up camp in their brokenness and disappointment. Jesus draws them back to the scriptures, the sureness of the word of God. In unpacking the scriptures, Jesus is restoring the lens by which they perceive and receive their situation and the world around them. And after taking them back through the plans of God in the scriptures, they are able to receive the fresh revelation of Jesus through communion once again. Just as He promised, through the breaking of bread and the wonder of the scriptures, their eyes and hearts open again to behold the wisdom and love of God through the death and resurrection of the Lord. This fresh hope and vigor; this reawakened faith would take these two running all the way back to Jerusalem to strengthen their brothers and sisters, ultimately preparing the 120 to wait with great expectation for the promise of the Father.
DBS and Additional Questions
- What do we learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What do we learn about people?
- From the text, is there a sin to repent of, a promise to hold onto, an example to follow, or a command to obey?
- Is there a time when your “heart burned” within you while reading the scriptures?
- How has coming back to the scriptures been helpful in fighting off discouragement? Have you been able to engage the Navah reading plan?
- Jesus unpacked the scriptures to them together. Do you have a regular practice of reading the scriptures with others? Has there been a time when you’ve benefited from a shared learning journey through the Bible?
- Jesus was revealed to them through communion. How has communion shaped your hearts as a community?
Video - Overview of Acts 1-12
Communion (10 min)
- Ask each person/household to prepare elements ahead of time - give them a few days heads up if possible
- Read short passage - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- Lead them in receiving the elements
- Consider singing or reciting the doxology together (acapella)