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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 18
What Good News Looks Like
12m • April 28, 2021

How is God at work in the world today? Jesus read from Isaiah 61 to describe what it looks like when the good news of his kingdom is at work in the world: the ignored are honored, the poor are fed, and the sick receive care. This kind of stuff happens wherever followers of Jesus honor him as King.

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How is God at work in the world today? Jesus read from Isaiah 61 to describe what it looks like when the good news of his kingdom is at work in the world: the ignored are honored, the poor are fed, and the sick receive care. This kind of stuff happens wherever followers of Jesus honor him as King.

Bible Reading
Isaiah 61:1-11

Reflection Questions

  1. Where do you think renewal is most needed in your part of the world?
  2. Imagine God’s Kingdom bringing renewal to that situation. What do you think it would look like?
  3. You and your community can partner with Jesus to begin to bring this renewal. And remember, small steps are significant! No matter how small, what's one specific step you can take to bring renewal today?

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion. Go to bibleproject.com/study.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Tim Mackie
  • Bible Reading: Michelle Jones
  • Production: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: Be Still the Earth, In the Clouds

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. Where do you think renewal is most needed in your part of the world?
  2. Imagine God’s Kingdom bringing renewal to that situation. What do you think it would look like?
  3. You and your community can partner with Jesus to revive this situation. Let’s move forward together, remembering that small steps are significant. No matter how small, what's one specific step you can take today to bring renewal?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-22

Jesus read from Isaiah 61 to describe what it looks like when the good news of his Kingdom is at work in the world. The ignored are honored, the poor are fed, and the sick receive care. These are the kind of things that happen wherever followers of Jesus honor him as King.

  1. In Luke 4:16-22, we learn that after Jesus finished reading Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, he said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” From what you’ve learned about Jesus so far, how does his life match the description of the Messiah in Isaiah 61?
  2. Review the first three verses of today’s passage. What are the specific actions the Messiah is anointed to do in the world? How could each of those actions practically impact your community today? List some specific examples.
  3. Notice that those who receive the Messiah’s restorative help (Isaiah 61:1-3a) become the people who help to restore others (Isaiah 61:3b-4). How have you been restored by Jesus and how are you passing that restoration on to others?
  4. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Express your gratitude for what Jesus came to do. Invite his restoring work into your life and community, and ask for renewed trust and courage to cooperate with him.
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