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Part 5: The Equalizer

LISTEN TO THE SERMON:

 

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NEED TO KNOW:

Summer Kick-off Student Rally

If you’re a middle or high school student, then don’t miss our Summer Kick-off Student Rally! Students from both locations will come together for some fun & games, live worship with our student band, and a challenging message. It all happens Sunday night, May 21 at 6pm at our East campus. And if you’re coming from the North campus, we’ll have a carpool leaving from there at 5:30pm to help get you to the other campus. We can’t wait to see you there! For more information about Student Ministry go to onelifeknox.com/students.

Get to Know OneLife Lunch

Do you ever wonder why we do what we do at OneLife? Do you want to know more about how you can get involved and what opportunities there are for you to grow? Or maybe you just want a free lunch?! If any of those are true, then come to the Get to Know OneLife Lunch on Sunday, May 21 immediately following the 2nd service in the Meeting Room. We hope to see you there!

Night of Worship

This has been the most incredible season in the life of our church as we have seen record growth and countless stories of life change. Come celebrate all God has done Wednesday night, May 24 at 6:30pm at your campus through an extended time of music, prayer, communion, and more. You don’t want to miss this!

Kid City Summer Team – We Need You!

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time for our Kid City Summer Team! So what exactly is it? Every year, because of the summer schedules, we have a ton of volunteer opportunities open up in Kid City. Whether it’s serving in one of the preschool classrooms, being crazy with the elementary kids, or hosting families at kids check-in on Sunday mornings – or even helping behind the scenes throughout the week – there are all kinds of ways for you to serve during the summer months. It’s not only a huge help to our church, but it will be a ton of fun for you in the process. Sign up and let us know you’re coming! Click here to sign up!


THINK IT OVER

Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?

Key Scriptures:

Luke 13:10-17

Bottom Line:

Equality to Jesus is about seeing the person first and their demographics second.

Key Notes:

  • In first century culture, women were seen as second class. They could not be educated, couldn’t testify in court, and were considered slightly higher than property.
  • Jesus interrupted this chauvinist culture. He saw women as people first before their demographic.
  • In Luke 13 Jesus not only sees the woman, but he engages her and interacts with her. For 18 years she had been overlooked. But not by Jesus!
  • Jesus did acknowledge that she was indeed a woman. The Bible doesn’t try to ignore the fact that while equal and complimentary to each other, the genders are different!
  • When Jesus saw the inequality, he did something about it. Not only did he heal her and set her free, but he also elevated her to the status of a “daughter of Abraham,” which had never been done before!

TALK IT OVER

Start Talking – Get the conversation started!

  • Did you ever have a moment where you realized your mom wasn’t just your mom but actually a person with friends, hopes, dreams, a career, etc.?!
  • Have you ever had an experience like Rodney’s daughter with Minnie Mouse where you were noticed by someone important or famous? What was it like? How did it make you feel to be noticed by them?

Start Thinking

  • Read Luke 13:10-13. What was the result of the crippled lady being healed? How is this similar to what should happen when we are healed spiritually by Jesus?
  • Read Luke 13:14. What did the synagogue leader seem to care the most about? What does this expose about religion?
  • Read Luke 13:15-17. How did Jesus elevate the status of this woman in his response? In verse 17, how does it seem to show that Jesus was already impacting the culture?

Start Sharing

  • What has been your typical view of women when it comes to spiritual roles or what you’ve been taught that the Bible says?
  • Read Ephesians 5:21-29. How does this show a complimentary yet equal approach to submission in marriage? In other words, how does this show that marriage is a “submission competition”?
  • When Jesus saw inequality in Luke 13, he did something to fix it. What does this teach about the heart of God when it comes to differences and inequality in our culture? How should Christians respond? How have you responded to similar inequalities?

Start Doing

  • If you are a male, what would it look like for you to honor your wife (whether you are married now or not!) in the ways that Ephesians 5 challenges you to? If you are a female, what would it look like for you to follow Ephesians 5 with your husband?
  • How does the idea of mutual submission take a Christian worldview to live by? In other words, how will it look “weird” to those who have a non-Christian worldview if you don’t live a me-centered approach in your relationships?
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Start Praying

  • As you pray, thank God for giving you relationships that can grow you to be more like Him.
  • Confess to God how your view of gender roles may at times not line up with what He desires.
  • Ask God to help you to always see the person first and the demographic second.

Start Digging

  • Proverbs 31

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