Posted: 11/27/18 at 8:00am. Post by Tony Brooks.
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:14-21 NIV)
How can your class live into this passage? Here are some ways:
Find what the class is passionate about. Is it hunger ministry? Is it caroling to homebound members? Is it helping with the Christmas play? Discover what they are passionate about and let others in leadership know.
Send Christmas cards to every church family. Years ago at Bethel Baptist, I sent a card to every church family. They were amazed to get a card from their pastor. How much more amazed would they be to get one from a Sunday School class/small group?
Help a family in need. Proclaiming good news to the poor may start at home. What family in your community needs to be blessed? Talk to members of your group and discover a family who needs help. Provide what is needed, but also build a relationship that will last. It is not enough to help only by giving gifts at Christmas. You should get to know the family and discover other ways to help throughout the year and also offer the family an opportunity to help your class in some way if possible.
Care for others who lost a loved one this year. Many people are depressed at Christmas, because a loved one is no longer with them. Some are depressed because they have no one with whom to celebrate Christmas. Some are in prison, and want to share love with family. Be sensitive to those around you and share God’s love in difficult times. For those in prison, send them a box of Christmas cards and stamps to send to loved ones. Invite others who have no family to join you at Christmas parties. Send cards to those who are grieving! You have an opportunity to bring hope, peace, joy and love to others this Advent season.
What are you willing to do?