Luke 24:13-35
Hearts Burning Within

Come with us on the journey along a dusty road leading to Emmaus, where we uncover the profound mystery of two disciples' encounter with the risen Jesus.

This story is more than a biblical tale; it's a reflection of our own lives, our struggles to perceive God in our midst, and the powerful revelations that come with hindsight. Listen in as we explore the reasons behind our often-clouded vision of God's work in our daily experiences and the Apostle Paul's insights into our partial understanding of the divine.

In this message, we unpack the significance of an urgent invitation to hospitality and the transformation it can bring. Discover how a simple act of sharing a meal with a stranger can lead to the opening of our eyes to Jesus' presence.

We look at God's gentle reprimands in our lives as they serve as loving corrections, guiding us back to trust in His grand design. As we walk this path together, we're reminded of the intimacy of God's prompts and the power of living a life filled with the Holy Spirit.

We close this teaching around the table of communion, contemplating the state of our hearts. Whether you're looking to reignite a dimming flame, rekindle a once-strong passion, or ignite a new fire for Jesus, this message invites you into a space of reflection and action. Learn how to foster a heart that burns with fervour for Christ in all aspects of life, and join us as we remember the sacrifice that forever changed the course of history.

Discussion Questions:

1. Reflect on a time when you, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, struggled to recognize God's presence in your life. How did the realization of His presence eventually come to you? (Luke 24:13-35)

2. Consider Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 13:12 about seeing "in a mirror, dimly." How does this metaphor speak to our limited understanding of God's work in our lives, and how can we find peace in that partial knowledge?

3. In the sermon, the concept of a "burning heart" is explored. Discuss moments when you have felt a passionate compulsion toward God's work, even in times of adversity. Can you relate this to the experiences of King David (Psalm 39) or the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20)?

4. Jesus' gentle reprimand to the disciples for being "slow to believe" (Luke 24:25) can be seen as an intimate prompt to trust in God's plan. How do we discern and respond to such prompts in our daily lives?