My ID — Being Authentic — Week Three
Luke 5:33-39 (ESV)
A Question About Fasting
33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” 36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
Again, the Pharisees and their scribes are questioning Jesus. What were some purposes for their questions?
Have you ever fasted for an extended period of time? If so, how long did you do it?
How did it make you feel? What did you learn through that experience?
Jesus responded with some illustrations that pointed to the purpose of his life, as well as the purpose for fasting.
Why do you think the question of fasting was brought to Jesus?
Why do you think Jesus referred to himself as the “bridegroom”?
What was the purpose of Jesus using the parables about new cloth and wineskin?
Why did Jesus make reference to wanting old wine instead of the new?
Should we as Christians still practice the discipline of fasting today? Why or why not?
My ID — Take your brokenness to Jesus — Week Two
Luke 5: 12-25 (ESV)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lordwas with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 25And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God.
The leper states, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” How would he have known Jesus could heal him?
Why do you think Jesus charged the leper to tell no one? Do you believe he followed Jesus’ instruction? Why or why not?
What other possibilities exist – from verse 14 – that great crowds would gather to hear Him and be healed?
From the next passage, why do you believe the Pharisees and teachers of the law from far and wide were sitting there while Jesus was teaching? (see verse 21)
Explain your thoughts of the phrase, “And the power of the Lord was with Him to heal.”
“… when He saw THEIR faith…” (verse 20) What does that say to us about the power of community and belief that God answers prayer?
Do you believe verse 24 may also have something to do with why the Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting for the teaching of Jesus? Do you believe that God may have ordained the moment or used it as a divine appointment?
My ID — Jesus Changes Everything — Week One
Ice Breaker: Name an occasion when you returned to “old stompin’ grounds” and realized things weren’t the same. How’d you feel or how did it effect you?
Luke 4:22-30 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away.
Read verse 22 then verses 28 & 29. Note the difference in attitude. Jesus never seemed to let a teachable moment pass. At times, His discussions brought anger to listeners. What do you believe is the reason for people’s “wrath” in this passage?
Verse 23 is a kind of challenge to Jesus. “Feed your home town like you fed the 5,000. Do that ‘walk on water thing’ you did before. Heal the wounded and sick here at the house.” Why do you think they were demanding this? What did Jesus have to prove? (Was He more than ‘Joseph’s son’ and did they need proof?)
Why would the whole synagogue be filled with wrath against Jesus for His recalling the actions of Elijah and Elisha?
Why would Luke include verses 29-30 in his narrative? What can we glean from its inclusion? What are our takeaways from this short story?