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 5.27-39.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Luke 5.27-39. As you have time, try reading Ezekiel 16, or Hosea 1-3.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- Why is it a big deal that Jesus calls a tax collector to ‘follow Him?’ See the Pharisees response in Luke 5.30. What does this say about those to whom the kingdom of God belongs? See Jesus’ response in Luke 5.31-32.
- Jesus doesn’t commission Levi to fish for men . . . or does He? See Luke 5.29. What does this mean about the call to follow Jesus? Are we regularly doing what Levi did?
- Grace makes some glad, like Levi, but others grumble, like the Pharisees in Luke 5.30. Why might someone grumble at grace? Think on Jesus’ words in Luke 5.31-32.
- Does the grace of God that reaches out to sinners leave them unchanged? There are two very important words that close Luke 5.32. What are they?
- Why do the Pharisees quickly shift from Christ’s discussion about grace to the issue of fasting (in Luke 5.33), from ‘gospel’ to ‘religion?’ And how does Jesus respond? What or rather Who is the focus?
- Are Christians to fast? See Luke 5.35. Is it the same as the fasting that occurred prior to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection? If not, how is it—like every spiritual discipline—now different in light of the gospel of grace?
- Bonus: Try figuring out Jesus’ parable in Luke 5.36-39, and how it relates (explains) to Luke 5.27-35 on the whole.
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 amazing grace of Jesus and the bond we all have in it, 2) the need to help each other put to death any spirit of self-righteousness and self-sufficiency or pride, 3) the specific way we see we can be fishers of men together in this passage, 4) the call to encourage each other to live lives in keeping with repentance, and 5) the daily privilege we have to direct one another to the exceedingly ‘attractive’ Bridegroom and the day of our glorious union with Him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
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, once again and forevermore, His grace (Luke 5.27-32). He’s sought us, saved us, renewed us, and enlisted us. Consider that He is ever the Great Physician of our souls (Luke 5.30). There is no need that His grace cannot meet. Consider that He is the Bridegroom (Luke 5.34), often a title for God in the OT!, Who left His Father’s side to love, die for, and cleave to His bride, the church—and we are a part by grace! Consider that He is the fulfillment of all God’s promises in the OT and, so, the entire Hope of all God’s true people (Luke 5.36-39 . . . I think! Ha! Pray).
P—PRAY that we will be captivated by grace as we must be in this sinful world. Pray that, like Levi, having tasted grace afresh, we’ll be more inclined to reach out to many with the message of God’s grace in Christ; and pray, then, that many will come under the conviction of their sins, so that they find Jesus to be a most excellent and all-sufficient Savior!