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Week of February 22, 2016
That You May Know… He Understands Rejection…
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:3)
Monday [Luke 4:16-22]

Adult Connect

Nazareth was the place of Jesus’ formative years. The name of the town means “branch” and points forward to the future messiah. There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (Isaiah 11:1) Take time today to reflect on your upbringing. Before you even acknowledged the Lord, He was working in your life. How did God form you and draw you to himself? What was your Nazareth? How does your upbringing form and effect your faith today?

Youth Connect

We are often negatively or positively defined by our past or upbringing. Jesus was known in his hometown as the carpenter’s son. You should not be defined by your past or upbringing if it has been negative and full of conflict. If your upbringing has been full of grace, then count yourself as blessed. God can use the wounds and scars of your past to influence and help others see Christ. How are you known among your family and friends? Are you pointing people to Jesus regardless of your past or upbringing?

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Why are your parents so important to you? Maybe they’re important because they take care of you, or maybe because they love you so much. Truth is, our parents are super important because they are the ones that help us grow and learn. We rely on them to teach/show us how to live. Learning to make good decisions is not always easy or fun, but the Bible tells us that, with the help of Jesus, we can do all things, even the hard ones.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Barnyard (Preschool)

Why are your parents so important to you? Maybe they’re important because they take care of you, or maybe because they love you so much. Truth is, our parents are super important because they are the ones that help us grow and learn. We rely on them to teach/show us how to live. Learning to make good decisions is not always easy or fun, but the Bible tells us that, with the help of Jesus, we can do all things, even the hard ones.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Prayer Connect

Take a moment and thank God for shaping your past and preparing you for righteousness today.



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Tuesday [Luke 4:16-22)

Adult Connect

Rejection is the dismissing or refusing of an idea or the spurning of a person’s affections. We face rejection on a daily basis. We can rest assured knowing that we are not alone and that our Savior walks with us.

In the same verse (4:22) and in the same breath some marveled at Jesus and some questioned. What about the goodness of our Savior makes you marvel? What about your faith or in your life leads to you question? Even though the villagers knew Jesus and His family they still asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” This was their way of asking, “Jesus are you really who you say you are?”

 If you feel rejected know that our Savior comforts the broken. If you find yourself doubting the strength of the Lord, pray for understanding and faith today. Ask the Lord to help you marvel at His grace in your life (Luke 4:22)

Youth Connect

Nazareth was his hometown, so Jesus would have been well known to all who regularly attended this synagogue. Even those closest to Jesus didn’t realize that he was the coming messiah. Jesus was rejected by people from his very own hometown. You shouldn’t be surprised or discouraged when your friends reject the faith that you believe. Take courage because Jesus was rejected but that didn’t stop him from sharing His good news. Jesus gives us a bold example that we should follow and share our faith even with our closest friends.

“If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection” - Lecrae

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

You may face times when you are very sad and hurt, but remember that God provides comfort. We can always find comfort in God’s word.

“O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.” (Psalm 59:17)

Barnyard (Preschool)

You may face times when you are very sad and hurt, but remember that God provides comfort. We can always find comfort in God’s word.

“O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.” (Psalm 59:17)

Prayer Connect

Lord help us reject the things that compete for our attention, cause us to doubt, and lead us toward destruction. Also, help us not reject our Savior who gives us abundant life.



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Wednesday [Luke 4:23-30]

Adult Connect

Jesus had a unique ability to know the thoughts and hearts of people (4:23). Jesus knew that the people of Nazareth would express doubt and demand proof of the alleged miracles performed in Capernaum. However, Jesus did not meet their demand for proof by giving the people what they ask for. Rather, we have all the proof we need for the existence of the Lord in creation.  Since the beginning of the world the invisible attributes of the Lord are clearly seen (Romans 1:20). Today, for the building up of your faith, are you asking Jesus for what you want or what you need? The people wanted a visible sign. Instead, what they received was a sinless Savior.

“I would fain know all that I need, and all that I may. I leave God's secrets to Himself. It is happy for me that God makes me of His court, and not of His council.” Joseph Hall

Youth Connect

We have all heard the phrase, “Seeing is believing” and that is exactly what the people of Nazareth wanted. Our natural desire is to want to see and experience what is said to be true. In the Garden of Eden God told Adam do not eat of this tree or you will surely die didn’t stop Adam from wanting to see and experience proof. Our rebellious hearts will lead us into death and destruction.  Jesus, the Son of God was standing in front of them but because of their hearts the people of Nazareth rebelled against the truth they heard. Do you have doubts about who Jesus claimed to be? Are you more concerned about what God might do for you than your love for Him?

“Are we in love with God or just His stuff?” – Francis Chan

John 29:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Needs are things we cannot live without: food, water, shelter, clothing. Wants are things that we can live without: that new video game, the latest style of clothing, the toy you saw advertised on tv that you think you must have. It is often difficult for kids to distinguish between needs and wants. Help reassure your kids that Jesus knows our needs, and will take care of us. Sometimes He meets needs that we didn’t know we had.

Barnyard (Preschool)

Needs are things we cannot live without: food, water, shelter, clothing. Wants are things that we can live without: that new video game, the latest style of clothing, the toy you saw advertised on tv that you think you must have. It is often difficult for kids to distinguish between needs and wants. Help reassure your kids that Jesus knows our needs, and will take care of us. Sometimes He meets needs that we didn’t know we had.

Prayer Connect

Take time to ask the Lord for what you need and not what you want. Ask God for His will to be done.



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Thursday [Luke 4:28]

Adult Connect

Jesus experienced rejection (4:28) that we might have and find hope. Jesus preached a message of redemption. In like manner, the “church has a difficult task. On the one hand, to discuss redemption and release we must mention sin. On the other hand, the offer of the gospel is ultimately a message of hope” (NIV). Everyone has parts of their life that are not completely surrendered to the Savior and oppose the purposes of the Lord with wrath. But Jesus takes our wrath, changes our hearts, and proclaims liberty to the captives (4:18). Jesus Christ overcomes our wrath and took upon Himself the wrath of God.

Till on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied; For ev'ry sin on Him was laid— Here in the death of Christ I live. (In Christ Alone)

Youth Connect

This was Luke’s first mention of (4:28) hostility and rejection toward Christ. The rejection started when Jesus suggested that grace might be withheld from those that reject him and extended to outcasts and sinners. Wrath was in the hearts of the Nazarenes because they rejected the idea of redemption extended to anyone but them. Jesus came to preach to the poor and the outcast. He ultimately died for all. We have hope only in Jesus.

“Without Christ there is no hope.” - Charles Spurgeon

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Everyone sins…adults, kids, Christians, non-Christians. We have all been born with a sinful nature. The change comes when we invite Christ to be the Lord of our life, and trust Him to help us with the sins we struggle with. This doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes, but it does mean that we are forgiven for them.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Barnyard (Preschool)

Everyone sins…adults, kids, Christians, non-Christians. We have all been born with a sinful nature. The change comes when we invite Christ to be the Lord of our life, and trust Him to help us with the sins we struggle with. This doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes, but it does mean that we are forgiven for them.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Prayer Connect

Ask the Lord to take your defiance and turn it into obedience today.



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Friday [Isaiah 55:3-7]

Adult Connect

Take time today to reflect upon the sacrifice made on your behalf by Jesus Christ. We find in Luke chapter four that the people of Nazareth rejected the very Son of God in their midst. This was not the only time that Jesus faced rejection, wrath, and indignation from the people. Isaiah reminds us that Jesus was despised, rejected, and a man of sorrows for your sake. He was wounded, bruised, and by His stripes we are healed.

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” (C.S. Lewis)

“We all carry about in our pockets His very nails.” (Martin Luther)

Youth Connect

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. He would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and told everyone who was listening that He is the promised Messiah. Jesus is the Messiah of whom Isaiah the prophet said will preach good news to the poor, freedom to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind (Luke 4:18-19). Those who submit to Jesus as Lord and savior will enjoy his promises, whereas those who reject Christ will remain separated from God.

“Jesus Christ did not come into this world to make bad people good; he came into this world to make dead people live." - Lee Strobel

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Sacrifice is giving up something that you want, in order to give someone something that they want instead. For example, you may only have one piece of your favorite candy left, but if your sister wants it, you sacrifice your wants to give her the candy. God sent us Jesus, His only Son, as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus gave up his life, so that we may be forgiven and have eternal life through Him. Parents, emphasize to your children the importance of Christ’s sacrifice.

Barnyard (Preschool)

Sacrifice is giving up something that you want, in order to give someone something that they want instead. For example, you may only have one piece of your favorite candy left, but if your sister wants it, you sacrifice your wants to give her the candy. God sent us Jesus, His only Son, as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus gave up his life, so that we may be forgiven and have eternal life through Him. Parents, emphasize to your children the importance of Christ’s sacrifice.

Prayer Connect

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving that Jesus Christ was pierced, crushed, and took our punishment and in exchange gives us life, hope, and freedom.



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