Tom Scott - 15/04/2018
Date: April 9, 2018
Good morning, I hope your week is getting off to a good start. Monday mornings can be rough for some individuals especially those heading off to work or school. That seven-minute commute to work or school can turn into a two hour trek depending on the weather and road conditions. Yesterday we looked at a seven-mile journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus which found three individuals walking and talking about the events which had just transpired in the city over the Passover weekend. Jesus was invited to walk with these two individuals. Today, Jesus is waiting for us to invite him to join us on our spiritual journey. Here are five questions based upon our text from Luke chapter 24.
1. During the message, I talked about the fact that the word “journey” has seven letters in it. How many seven letter words can you list in a five minute span?
2. These two travelers are headed home to Emmaus when Jesus joins them. How would you have responded had you known Jesus was walking with you on that Sunday afternoon?
3. Jesus offers us a clear path that leads us back to God. That path has been laid out by Jesus in the scriptures. Many times we read that we are to walk in love. Do you feel like you are walking with God today and what obstacles are keeping you from doing so?
4. Another point that I brought up in the message is that Jesus offers us true joy. When we invite Jesus to walk with us in life; he provides us with a joy that is complete. Is there something that prevents us from enjoying that true joy today?
5. We see in the scriptures that Jesus offers us a glorious hope both for today and for the future. The Hebrew author says in 6:19 that this hope is firm and secure. How would you describe your hopes right now?
This coming Sunday we are looking forward to having Pastor Nolan with us as our guest speaker. Pastor Nolan represents the Hope Center which is located on Brookville Road. This place is offering hope for those who are coming out of a hopeless situation. Let’s come together next Sunday as we celebrate the great work that is taking place at the Hope Center. I am looking forward to a great message as we kick off our Faith Promise Rally.
The Road To Emmaus
I. A seven-mile walk
Do you enjoy going on a walk through the woods or along one of the paths in town?
A. I went for a walk.
While in college I would often go for a walk at night as a way of clearing my head and praying to God.
B. Jesus went for a walk.
Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast.
II. A seven-letter word.
How many seven-letter words can you write down in a span of five minutes? (Try this after the service is over)
A. Let’s listen to their language.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
B. Let’s listen to their reports.
but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
C. Let’s listen to their conversation.
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
III. A seven-minute conversation.
How is it possible for us to alter someone’s spiritual journey during a seven-minute conversation?
A. Jesus offers us a clear path.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
B. Jesus offers us a true joy.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
C. Jesus offers us a glorious hope.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
Conclusion: This morning all of us need to take a moment and consider where we are headed in life. Are we on the right path? Will we end up in a better place when the journey is over? Jesus is inviting us to follow him on a spiritual pathway that ultimately leads to Heaven. Let’s choose today to follow Jesus and invite others to join us on this spiritual journey.