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Hometown Prophet

February 16, 2014 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Luke

Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 4:14–4:30

There is nothing more discouraging than getting harsh criticism from those whom we expect to praise and encourage us. In the life of a young person, it can be devastating for a parent to be all vinegar and no sugar. And yet the truth often is that in our work for the Lord, those who know us best can be the most critical. It may be because they know us best – knowing intimately how far we fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Or it may be because they are trying to deflect the demands of God upon their own lives. Such was the case of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was completely without sin (Hebrews 4:15), and yet at the very beginning of His ministry He was soundly rejected by the hometown crowds.

I. An Audacious Claim
A. Local Boy Makes Good
B. Will You Believe?

II. An Audacious Response
A. Prove It!
B. How Dare You!

III. Audacious Good News
A. Not as Good as We Think
B. Amazing Grace

Questions for consideration: (1) What could possibly be a disadvantage to growing up in the Church? How could the Lord use that to our advantage? (2) How can the stories of the widow and Naaman help you in your faith? Help you to witness to others? (3) In what ways are you tempted to be like the synagogue hearers, and want to get Jesus out of (a part) your life?

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