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What did Jesus really mean?
Luke 4 in the 21st Century

Using the film, each programme and study has 3 parts, which opens up dialogue with the contributors by posing some responses to the key issues raised. Through exploration rather than explanation, they are intended to encourage provocative and energising conversation.

Luke 4 is also profoundly about action. Tackling big issues - whether local or international - requires creative thinking and this study provide stories, ideas for action, templates and further resources to inspire and guide groups as they seek to live out The Jesus Agenda.

Programme 1: The Proclamation
"The Spirit has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor..."

Jesus was referring to both announcing and demonstrating good news.  How and why should we be ‘good news to the poor’?  Given current situations across our world, what does good news to the poor look like today? And do our church strategies still match up to Jesus’ mission statement?  

Programme 2: The Power
"...He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoner and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free..."

Explore how spiritual power and holiness relate to influence and political power.  What are the responsibilities of a Spirit-led church in liberating any who are oppressed?  What forms of oppression can we have influence over to bring change?   

Programme 3: The Promise
"...to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."

We love God’s promises of freedom and favour.  But what is our part in demonstrating them to a watching world?  Global governments also made ‘promises to the poor’ through the Millennium Development Goals so is it important we do our best to ensure they are kept?  What will today’s Church leave as a legacy to future generations?

JOEL EDWARDS

Joel Edwards, former General Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK, is now International Director of Micah Challenge, an advocacy organization focusing on holding governments to account on their commitments to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) through to 2015. He is also well known as a speaker, author and broadcaster, regularly presenting Thought For Today on BBC Radio 4. He is an Advisor for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and former Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK.