January 10, 2021: Jesus' Mission
Eat Together (30 min) Please practice current safety measures as we begin to gather 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
- An additional kids version of the communal singing song has been included, as well as an instrumental song for contemplation/meditation.
- Psalm 8 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 is beginning 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! See the resource for ages three to six HERE, and a video for ages seven to eleven 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 4:16-30
The first six chapters of Luke begin and end with this stunning revelation: Jesus is Lord. From the angels’ pronouncement to the shepherds, to the teaching of Jesus in chapter 6 (verse 46), the Lordship of Jesus is the foundation of the gospel of the Kingdom. Though Luke is silent for much of Jesus’ developmental years, only giving us His birth, and the Passover when He was twelve, the author of the gospel leaves no doubt about who this Jesus has become. From the Father’s proclamation over Him during His baptism (Luke 3:22) to the miracles that Jesus begins to do after His time in the wilderness, Jesus begins to demonstrate the nature of His kingship and the way of His kingdom.
After having received the Father’s affirmation of His sonship, and coming through the temptations of the Enemy in the wilderness, Jesus returns to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit,” ready to embark on His ministry of reconciliation. He begins with a proclamation of His own, returning to His home, entering the synagogue, and reading the Scriptures. “The Spirit of the Sovereign is upon Me, the Lord has anointed me to…” (Luke 4:18). Reading from Isaiah, Jesus reveals that the time has come for the Lord to heal, set free, and restore the damage done by sin. Further still, that the Lord would accomplish this through the life of His Son, Jesus. The Messiah has come, and you all now know it.
Even after acknowledging the life in His words ( Luke 4:22), those that have watched this Jesus grow cannot accept who He has grown to be. Jesus does not seem shocked by this, responding that a prophet could not be accepted in his hometown. Imagine the heartbreak of Heaven; humans beholding the wonder of Jesus and yet unable to receive Him. Though it was the first moment of rejection, it would not be the last.
Imagination Question (3-5 minutes)
- What might the feeling have been in the synagogue that day? Can you imagine hearing Jesus speaking these words for the first time?
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 an area of Jesus’ ministry that you struggle with believing? Can you relate with those in the synagogue?
- How might familiarity with the gospel dull our senses to its power? (verse 22, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”)
Prayerful Close and Consideration
Holy Spirit, search me. Is there any hardness in receiving the good news of Jesus in my life? Have I become too familiar with You, missing the revelation of the Gospel afresh? Help us, Holy Spirit, to know and receive our King. Amen.
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)
Lord’s Prayer Together (2 min)