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 3.21-4.13.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Luke 3.21-4.13. As you have time, try reading Deuteronomy 6.1-19 and 8.1-10 and Psalm 91. These are the Scriptures used by Jesus (and the devil!) in Luke 4.1-13. For a single, memorizable verse that captures a major theme of this passage, look also at 1 John 3.8.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. We saw that in Luke 3.3. If Jesus was sinless (Hebrews 4.15; 2 Corinthians 5.21) and had no need to repent or be forgiven, why was He baptized by John (Luke 3.21-22)? Bonus: Is there another time that Jesus might appear a sinner, only to be confirmed and crowned God’s Son (Mark 15.39)?
- Luke’s genealogy of Jesus goes further than Matthew’s. Matthew goes no further than Abraham (Matthew 1.2), while Luke continues to ‘Adam, the son of God’ (Luke 3.38). The point(s) of the genealogy is in that ‘further.’ What might it (they) be?
- In Luke 4.1-2, 4, 8, and 12, how do we see the Son of God equipping Himself as a human being like us to enter and leave combat victoriously against the devil? I think there are at least 3 ways, 2 ways in verses 1-2, and 1 more in verses 4, 8, and 12.
- At the end of 40 days of temptation, there are 3 more temptations in our passage. What are they, and how does Jesus resist them? What flaws does Jesus expose in the devil’s temptations, and how does this help us in understanding and ultimately resisting those kinds of temptations?
- The temptation narrative is at the beginning of Jesus’ official earthly ministry. What do you think His obedience to God signals to every rebel power (John 14.30-31; Luke 4.34)? What do you think it preaches to us (John 8.31-32; 2 Corinthians 5.21; Romans 5.15-21, Romans 6.5-14, Romans 8.1-4; Hebrews 4.9-16; 1 Peter 1.14-16; 1 John 3.7)?
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) the necessity of the Holy Spirit (Whom we’ve been given!) to resisting temptation and practicing righteousness (v.1), 2) the importance of storing up Scripture in our hearts that we might not sin against God (v. 4, 8, 12), 3) the place of fasting in overcoming temptation to sin (v.2), and 4) the grace of Christ, that we have a Great High Priest that was tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin (v.13; see also 1 Corinthians 10.13).
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 that Christ is God’s uniquely beloved Son. He is uniquely pleasing to the Father (v.22). He is the greater, second Adam. Humanity exists for Him, the fate of humanity rests upon Him, the new humanity comes from Him (vv. 23-38). He is the Destroyer of the devil, the Righteous One, our Great High Priest, and the One Who justifies and sets the prisoners free (4.1-13; also 4.18). And consider that He came into the world to put Himself in the place of sinners!, as His baptism begins to show, and the cross ultimately realizes. And, so, consider that in Christ we have been forgiven. We have become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5.21). We have become the beloved children of God. We are the first fruits of a new creation, a new humanity. We are more than conquerors! We can resist sin and the devil, and walk in holiness, for He has set us free. We have One Who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin, One Who can always help us to escape temptation because He always escaped every temptation! And when we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father (1 John 2.1-2), the same One Who sanctified Himself that we might be sanctified in the truth.
P—PRAY that you might learn to rejoice in Christ’s obedience for you. Pray that we all might imitate His sin-killing love for God. Pray that Christ Community Church would live together as the new humanity that Jesus lived, and died, and has been raised to create.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Lord I Need You
Speak, O Lord
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