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Doing Life with Jesus: Starting Out
1. The Spirit at Jesus’ Baptism: This last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the descent of the
Spirit on the church in Acts 2, and the occasion for our look in the following questions at the role of the Holy
Spirit in Jesus’ life. Following Jesus’ miraculous conception, the Spirit makes His next appearance at Jesus’
baptism (Luke 3:22), an event Luke calls Jesus’ “anointing” (Luke 4:18; Acts 10:38). What does “anointing”
and “anointed one” mean (Lev. 8:12; 1 Kings 19:16; 2 Sam. 5:3)? How did Jesus’ life change after his
anointing? Can you point to a moment in your Christian life after which your life significantly changed?
2. The Spirit in Isaiah 61: Place yourself in that synagogue two thousand years ago when Jesus stood up to read
and then sat down to speak. Read Luke 4:16-22 and then Isaiah 61:1-4. What could those synagogue
attendees have thought when Jesus said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled”? What did Jesus mean by
these words (consider Jesus’ mission and Jesus’ power)? As a group arrive at what you believe to be your
mission statement. Consider writing this down and memorizing it.
3. Jesus Led by the Spirit: If there was anyone who was perfectly led by the Spirit, it was Jesus (Luke 4:1, 14).
The Bible’s language regarding the Christian’s relationship with the Spirit of God can be confusing. We are
called to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), to walk according to the Spirit (Rom. 8:4-5; Gal. 5:16), to be led by
the Spirit (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18), and to walk in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). There’s a lot of potential
ambiguity here. What does all this language mean and how do we live it out?
4. Be Like Jesus: The Bible tells us to follow Jesus’ example (1 John 2:6). But if we’re going to do that, we must
recognize, alongside Klaus Issler, the “things Jesus does that we cannot do (Luke 5:20-21), the things Jesus
does that we should not do (Matt. 4:19; 14:32-33), and the things Jesus does that we can and should do (John
13:14-15; 14:12).” What are some things which belong in each category? How does this distinction both bring
clarity to our present responsibility and take off unnecessary pressure?