Title and Topic
Epiphany 4: Some of the Hardest Mission of All, Our Hometown!
Transformation and Witness
It’s been said it’s easiest to do mission work in foreign lands. Today we realize again the hardest mission work for a Disciple is the mission to one’s own family, friends and community. From Jeremiah, to Jesus Himself, this is an eternal truth.
Today’s Takeaways: That our people would realize mission for the disciple begins in the home and is very challenging. That our people would receive teaching on how they can reach their own families and communities. Perhaps to keep it real, share disaster stories, as well as success stories. If we could gain ground in this area of discipleship, the church would grow by leaps and bounds!
The constant takeaway is this: People would know that Discipleship is learning to love, look and live more like Jesus.
Psalm 71: 1-6
Jeremiah 1:4-10 Who am I to speak?
Luke 4:21-30 No one a hero in their hometown
Up to God in Worship
What did you learn from the message last Sunday and through GIC that has moved you toward mission?
How does Psalm 71:1-6 encourage you to look to God to fight for you in what you are up against?
1. Why do you think making disciples is more difficult among your own family, friends, and community?
Read Jeremiah 1:4-10
2. How does Jeremiah respond to his appointment as a prophet to the nations? Why?
3. What excuses are you making right now to avoid obeying God’s call?
4. How does God equip Jeremiah for his calling as prophet?
5. Describe the call of the prophet according to God’s instructions to Jeremiah (7-10).
Read Luke 4:21-30
6. What expectations do you think stirred in the people as a result of Jesus’ claim (22)? (See also 17-20 with Isaiah 61:1-2)
7. What is Jesus saying to them through the proverb and the stories of Elijah and Elisha (23-27)? Why does this turn their amazement (22) into murderous anger (28-29)? (See also Luke 2:14, 2:32, and 3:6)
8. How has an unfulfilled expectation of what you thought Jesus would do for you caused you to become disillusioned, confused, and even angry? What has God taught you through these times of disillusionment?
Out in Mission
Who of your own—family members, friends, and community—have rejected Jesus that need to brought to His cross? How can we pray for them and you?
Who are the “gentiles” God desires us to reach with His word? How might we do so?