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 3.1-20.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Luke 3.1-20. As you have time, you may also want to read Isaiah 40.1-11, and Acts 19.1-7.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- Why does Luke give so much historical detail in verses 1-2a? Hint: Go back to Luke 1.3-4.
- What does Luke mean when he says that John’s preaching fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy? See Isaiah 40.3-5 in Luke 3.4-6.
- In Luke 3.7-9 and 17b, John preaches truths rarely heard in today’s preaching. Biblical concepts like sin, wrath, and true repentance. Is that good or bad? Why or why not? What’s the difference between John’s preaching on repentance and Esau’s repentance in Hebrews 12.16-17? See also 2 Corinthians 7.9-11.
- There is a place to flee from God’s wrath (implied in Luke 3.7). Who or what is the saving refuge in Luke 3.15-17? How will He be a refuge; it’s not explicit in this passage but reference Luke 9.21-22 for clarity.
- John was imprisoned, not only for the gospel, but for holding to gospel ethics. Are we there? Have we counted the cost of sharing Jesus with the lost?
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 gospel certainty that Luke means to give in verses 1-6, 2) the gospel truths John preaches in verses 7-9, 3) the accountability he offers to us in verses 8-14, 4) the majesty of Christ he speaks of in verses 15-17, and 5) the value of the gospel he shows us by his imprisonment in verses 18-20.
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 in Christ we have the forgiveness of sins (v. 3), a straight way to God (vv. 4-6), the grace of repentance and a new and Godward life, moving from snakes to saints (vv. 7-14), safety from God’s just wrath (v. 7), the production of God-pleasing fruit (v. 8), the baptism of the Holy Spirit and, so, the purifying of our hearts, the indwelling of God, and the preservation of our lives (v. 16), and heaven (v. 17b, ‘His barn’). And we have it all through His life, death, and resurrection on our behalf.
P—PRAY that you would count the cost (v. 20) and find Christ worthy of believing, following, and proclaiming. Pray also for the advance of the gospel we have the privilege of sharing in full.
You Alone Can Rescue
Nothing But the Blood
Jesus, Son of God
My Hope is Built
The Power of the Cross