Sunday “E.Q.U.I.P.” is an exercise meant to better equip us for corporate worship on Sunday evenings. We want to help you reflect on the sermon passages and familiarize yourself with the songs we’ll sing.
This week’s passage is Luke 8.22-56.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Luke 8.22-56. As you have time, try reading Psalm 107.23-32.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- In Luke 8.1, Jesus is proclaiming and advancing the gospel of the kingdom. In Luke 9.1, Jesus is going to send out His twelve disciples to do the same. How does Luke 8.4-56 bridge these two verses? What are they meant to do in preparing the disciples for following Christ as fishers of men?
- Relatedly, but more specifically, how does our passage, Luke 8.22-56, prepare the disciples for this? What does it add to what we heard last week in Luke 8.4-21?
- Jesus performs 4 stunning feats in Luke 8.22-56. What are they? And what do they mean to show us? Is there a common theme?
- Each of these 4 events have discipleship aspects unique to them? What’s the force of Luke 8.22-25? Of Luke 8.26-39? Of Luke 8.40-56 (which includes events 3 and 4)?
- You’re a disciple. You’ve just witnessed these amazing things. How do they impact and inform our thinking and our approach to advancing the gospel in the world? Let these verses simmer, here. How are these things meant to prepare the twelve for their commission, and us as we live out the Great Commission?
U—UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.3; also 4.13). How can we take this passage and use it to love one another, so that we’re knit together in love? Reflect on the following: 1) reminding one another of the presence of Christ in our trials, Luke 8.22-25; 2) encouraging one another to hope in the sovereign authority and power of Christ when life and ministry become hard and trying; 3) pointing one another to the truth that Christ has won by His life, death, and resurrection, so that we are more than conquerors; 4) help each other to ‘ponder anew what the Almighty can do.’
I—IGNITE for Christ. What excellencies about Jesus ignite in us a greater love for Him that reaches out to all to make Him known? Consider 1) He’s the King of creation, Luke 8.22-25; 2) He’s the Sovereign Stronger One against the forces of the devil, Luke 8.26-39; 3) He’s the One Who dispenses new creation power, Luke 8.42-48; 4) He’s the Lord of life, Luke 8.40-42, 49-56; 5) this is the One Who lived and died and lives again for us.
P—PRAY that before we ‘go therefore and make disciples of all nations,’ we’ll always be mindful of what goes before it, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.’ Pray that we’ll go in the courage of that reality, proclaiming the gospel in power, and that Christ will be pleased to exercise His authority through us for the making of many disciples in Newton and the surrounding areas.