Christianity 101; How Does God Guide Us?

slide-101-ppt-10-16-16SCRIPTURE:

Luke 24: 13-32, The Walk to Emmaus

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. 18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. 20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. 23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! 24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, 29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. 30 As they sat down to eat,[b] he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

SERMON NOTES:

There are times in everyone’s life when the plans are not so perfect and the path is not so plain. I’m caught between “Walk” and “Don’t Walk,” stuck between yes and no, somewhere between start and stop.

This morning let’s talk about guidance. Where do I go for guidance?

The will of God has never been as hard for me to obey as to locate. When it’s all said and done, it’s still not all said and done, and so “where do we go from here?”

When asked where they are going, after their Lord has been executed by the mob, the disciples say, “We’re going to Emmaus.”

For the Bible, Emmaus is not a place on the map; Emmaus is a _____________________ __________ ___________________.

Sometimes what we call “lost,” God calls “guidance.”

God’s guidance is usually unrecognized in the moment. It is usually seen in _________ ___________________ more than sensed in the moment.

More than anything else Jesus gives them himself. Jesus gives them more than a map and more than a compass – Jesus gives them Jesus.

God’s guidance is not so much information as it is ____________________.

Guidance is not a routine; guidance is a relationship. God doesn’t simply point out the destination, God joins the journey.

When you have that relationship in your life, why not go the distance with him?

Answers: State of Mind, Hindsight, Intimacy

QUESTIONS:

What is this passage / message reveal about what God is like or has done?

What does this passage / message teach me about the way I should live?

What is something new I learned today?

APPLICATION:

Through this passage or message, what is God calling me to do?

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