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Walk to Emmaus: Week 2 “the Questions of Jesus”
Luke 24:16 but they were kept from recognizing him.17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”19 “What things?” he asked.
1. Socrates and Jesus – great teachers ask great ____________________
Do you have someone who asks you questions? What makes a good question?
2. Cleopas and/or Clopas – who is a ___________________ ?
John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
What are the qualities that make one a disciple? Did you assume the two were men?
3. Nobody expected no __________________
Luke 24: 22 They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
GOALS: Read, study, and pray using your Bible
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Pray and plan for a small group (mid Feb to mid April)
“Emmaus” worship night – Feb 2, 6pm
I. The Bible can be complex and challenging for us
It is an incarnational thing - just like Jesus - human AND divine. There is mystery and tension here.
On the human side, it is an ancient text, written in a ancient languages, by ancient authors, to an ancient audience… sometimes, it’s hard to relate to.
On the divine side, it is still God’s Word for us today.
Thus, it deserves our careful attention, study, interpretation, and meditation - in community, and in context.
II. Amidst all the complexities though, the Bible tells one unified, over-arching story with 4 chapters
|1. Creation||2. Rebellion||3. Salvation||4. New Creation|
This is the story that Jesus enters into and calls us into.
II. Our lives become radically transformed as we understand this Story, find our place in it, and especially: come to know its Author
“I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?' if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?”
- Alasdair MacIntyre
We are currently in Chapter 3 - “in between” the times - in the “already-not-yet.” Now is the time of salvation!
In Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, He dealt with sin and death, He ushered in the Kingdom of God, poured out the long-promised Spirit, and is making all things new. And we, as the church, are to continue Jesus’s ministry by the power of His Spirit - until the day when He returns again to complete the project.