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Sunday Scripture Reflection: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

On this Third Sunday of Advent, we will continue our discussion of the words of the prophet Isaiah to the people of God. This Sunday, we will again hear the prophet speak after the return to Jerusalem by the Jewish people. Jerusalem looked very different from past memories, but God's prophet speaks words of hope that God has great changes planned. In order to hear and embrace God's changes, we need to trust God and ourselves.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of the prophet Isaiah. The Scripture passage may be found by following this link: (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • As we read/hear the Scripture passage assigned for our study, and listening in the context of the Jewish people returning from exile in Babylon: what feelings of hope, joy, and promise might you imagine they held for their "new future?"

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph below, consider: what is necessary for righteousness to grow and flourish?

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on what the following phrase means in your life: "To be missional is to live as a people of good news, liberation, justice, and comfort in such a way that the world may take notice and be drawn to the ways of God."

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect and answer the question in the last sentence of the paragraph: "Is it possible that the promises of God could produce a major transformation in the local faith community?" And, what about creating a transformation in your local community, in general?

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