The Main Focus: Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?
Our expectations can influence our thoughts, feelings and actions. In our lesson today we will look at the expectations of God s people concerning the Messiah. Jesus was not who the Israelites were expecting, their hopes were set on a conquering king who would overthrow the Roman empire ruling over them. It is no surprise then to know that when Philip tells Nathanael that they have found the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, he asks Can anything good come out of Nazareth? .
‚Ä¢ Key Passages: John 1: 43-51; 1 Corinthians 1:18-19, 21,25
‚Ä¢ Scripture & Discussion:
- How would you describe South Dallas? [The places & people]
- How might someone not from South Dallas see S.D.?
- Discuss Trayvon Martin and how expectations affected the outcome.
- Discuss what God s people expected and who Jesus was in actuality. (John 1:43-51)
- How do people respond to when you do things they don t expect? (1 Corinthians 1:18)
- Does God seek to work by our expectations or does He set His own? (1 Corinthians 1:19)
- How does God work through His people and to what ends? What does this verse say about it (the wisdom of God? (1 Corinthians 1:21)
- How do our ways compare to God s ways? ( 1 Corinthians 1:25)
God s economy is different from our own, in that what we value is drastically different than what He values. Jesus did not come as a worldly King with wealth and power, but as a carpenter from Nazareth. In Christ we see the wisdom of God, and to the watching world it seems like foolishness. It just does not make sense. In coming as He did Jesus fulfilled the Father s expectations, just not ours and it is here that the cross looms largely. It frees us from having to live under the weight of expectations, because Jesus has met them all, and given His reward to us freely.
‚Ä¢ Practical Questions:
- How do our expectations influence our thoughts & actions?
- How do the expectations of others affect us?
- How do our expectations influence how we relate to others & to God?
‚Ä¢ Memory Verse:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
(1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV)