The hometown crowd heard Jesus teach in the local synagogue. What they heard surprised them. Click HERE for the video and reflection questions about the passage.
The evangelist penned the two part work scholars call "Luke-Act." His gospel combined the majority of Mark's, passages he shared with Matthew (called the "Q" source) and original traditions in a highly stylized Greek prose.
Luke-Acts focused on the work of the Spirit in word and deed. Kerygma was the Spirit-driven message proclaimed. Charism was the act of the believer that manifest the power of the Spirit. Both demanded a reaction from those who witnessed the Spirit acting in and through Christians.
Charisms came in different forms: speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, prayers and visions. Some of these spiritual gifts fortified the community. Others evangelized outsiders. For Luke and the Pauline churches, charisms were a sign of God acting in their midst.