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Introduction. 

At this very moment, if your faith is in Christ alone, God is at work shaping you into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). One day, in God’s presence, you will be fully like him (1 John 3:2). Until that day of perfection, your growth in Christ-likeness won’t happen accidentally. It takes intentionality. Through this seven-week study in Luke’s Gospel, we are pursuing this together as an assembly of God’s people.

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SERIES TITLE: Becoming More Like Jesus

PART ONE: Growing Like Jesus

TEXT:  Luke 2:41-52

INTRODUCTION.

At this very moment, if your faith is in Christ alone, God is at work shaping you into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). One day, in God’s presence, you will be fully like him (1 John 3:2). Until that day of perfection, your growth in Christ-likeness won’t happen accidentally. It takes intentionality. Through this seven-week study in Luke’s Gospel, we are pursuing this together as an assembly of God’s people.

DISCUSSION.

What person has been your greatest role model, and why?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.41-42 What was the significance of this Feast?

Why would Jesus go with them at age 12?

Vv.43-45 Why might Jesus stay behind, and how would this not be an act of disobedience?

Vv.46-47 Why would it take three days to find him?

How is it meaningful that Jesus listened and asked questions of the teachers?

Vv.48-50 How do you interpret Jesus’ answer to his parents?

Why wouldn’t they understand?

Vv.51-52 What is significant about Jesus’ submission to his parents?

How would you define Jesus’ increasing in favor with God and man?

APPLICATION.  

  • What parenting tips can you discern from Mary and Joseph?
  • What character traits in Jesus are revealed in this passage?
  • Which of those traits do you most want to imitate and improve in your own life?
  • Has your hunger for God ever been misunderstood by your family or friends? Why?
  • How is it possible to balance serving/worshiping God with all the responsibilities/demands of everyday life?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do? 

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