INTIMACY WITH GOD
07 November 2010
Have you ever thought about what it means to be intimate with God? Intimacy is hard to develop and maintain with another human being, let alone with One we cannot see. There is great joy in knowing that God’s Word, the Bible, provides us understanding of how we can have intimacy with God, in spite of our sinful nature.
Psalm 32 provides a vivid illustration of how a person created in the image of God can have intimacy with his creator. This Psalm is one of repentance. It is believed that the author is King David, a man after God’s own heart. Because of his love for God and the desire to honor God with his life, God richly blessed David. For all intensive purposes, God and David had an intimate relationship. However, because of David’s sinful nature and his willingness to yield to temptation, David sinned against God by way of committing adultery with another man’s wife, and then killing her husband so that he could make her his wife and allegedly cover up the sin he had committed. However, after being confronted about his sin, David sought to return to the intimacy he once had with God through confession and repentance.
Do you have an intimate relationship with God? Listen. As long as you are carrying the burden of sin through your daily life, intimacy with God is impossible. David really struggled with the burden of his sin. In fact, David cries out to God in Psalm 51that God would not take His Holy Spirit from David. Every one of us needs to have the same passion for intimacy with God. Thankfully, unlike David’s situation, where God’s Spirit could be removed from David (he was under the old covenant God had formed with Israel), God has established a new covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ. Believers in Christ can have a rich, intimate relationship with God, a relationship that cannot be severed, but can lose its intimacy. So, what does an intimate relationship with God look like? Today’s text will enable us to see what it means to be “Christians,” or imitators of Christ. The apostle John will show us the intimacy Christ had with His Father in Heaven, and what that means for those who belong to Christ. If you have your Bible with you, turn to John 17. We will be looking at the first five verses. While you are turning there, let me refresh our memories about the Gospel of John and where John is at this point in his gospel.
John has been working through his gospel to convince his reading audience that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We can see his convincing thought in John 1:1-3, 11, and 14. John also provides the way someone can know Christ as the Messiah in 3:16-20. If a person believes in Christ, he or she can live with hope and peace, because Jesus has gone to prepare a place for them and will return to take all believers to be with Him forever in Heaven in John 14:1-3. John eliminates the competition of other religious thought or ways to be right with God through proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can come to God except through Christ in 14:6. The context of John’s Gospel portrays a symbolic time capsule, meaning that the closer the reader gets to the end of the gospel, the greater the degree of hatred is toward Christ and His followers. John 14 signifies an end to the public ministry of Jesus. His focus of attention is now upon the disciples. He has been encouraging them in various ways to stay committed to their faith in Him, regardless of what is going to happen. This brings us to our text for today. After an extensive portrayal of His love in the upper room or last supper, Jesus prays for His continued service for the Father and for those who are His.
SCRIPTURE: John 17:1-5
CTS: 4 reasons to pursue intimacy with God.
Your intimacy with God grows, when you:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS GOD’S SON (VV. 1, 5)
Jesus is not a great prophet or one among many gods. According to the first verse of our text, Jesus is the Son of God. Verse 1 relates that after speaking profound words of encouragement to His disciples, Jesus looked toward Heaven and began praying to His Father. Note that Jesus did not look to anyone of those who had been with Him since the beginning of His ministry. His resource for handling what He was now going to face, the suffering of the cross, was His Father in Heaven. There are a couple of things we can see in both verses 1 and 5 of our text. First of all, notice that Jesus is calling out to His Father, not “our” Father. Secondly, these verses serve as a testimony of Jesus possessing deity, identifying the God of Heaven as being His Father. Thirdly, we see a degree of the trinity or God-head being displayed. Specifically, God the Son submitting to God the Father, with Jesus pursuing the intimacy of their relationship that has been evident throughout the Gospel of John, the intimacy that stems from obedience. How is such intimacy evident? Let’s take a closer look.
Verse 1 identifies Jesus acknowledging the hour of His greatest human suffering had come. Yet, from God’s perspective, it would be the time of God’s greatest glory. Up until this point in the gospel, Jesus had refused to allow anyone to give or persuade Him to receive any greater glory than what His Father allowed. Thus, Jesus continued to assert that His hour had not come. However, Jesus was fully aware that God had brought Him to this hour. Jesus tells His Father to glorify “Your Son” so that Jesus may glorify His Father.
It’s appropriate to highlight, at this point, a specific point that James Montgomery Boice brings out concerning the “glory” of God. Boice highlights that the definition of glory in relation to God is defined as revealing the character qualities of God. This helps us to understand that Jesus was telling God to give Him the needed ability to demonstrate His Father’s character in the face of the extremely difficult circumstances He was about to go through (VS. 1). Ultimately, Jesus tells His Father to return the glory to Him that He had with His Father before the world was created. Here we see the assertion that Jesus had left enough of His glory in Heaven in order to subject Himself to the life of a human being, yet without sin. Jesus was now telling the Father to restore to Him the glory He had before coming to this Earth. God would do this through the ascension of Christ.
The point of application for every believer in Christ is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jesus was submissive to the will of His Father through death. As believers in Christ, we, too, are to be submissive to the will of God through Christ, seeking to glorify God in all that we do.
If you don’t know Christ as your Savior, God may be moving you today to put your trust in Christ for life eternal. Don’t choose to ignore God’s call for you to come to His Son. Cry out to God for salvation and receive His full pardon!
Looking at the next verse in our text, Jesus is acknowledging the glory God has already given Him, authority over all flesh. This brings us to our next point; an Intimate relationship with God grows, when you believe that Jesus is your source of life. Look with me at verse 2.
II. BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS YOUR SOURCE OF LIFE (VS. 2)
Verse 2 once again demonstrates the degree of unity and intimacy between God the Father and God the Son. God has given Jesus authority over all flesh, which includes giving salvation to those whom His Father has given to Jesus. Boice mentions that God has given a gift to His Son that could not otherwise be effected by His Son. God has given His Son a people for salvation. Therefore, salvation is not initiated by the believer’s emotional or mental choice, but is God’s choosing the individual and drawing him to His Son for salvation (John 6:37, 39). This does not eliminate the individual’s responsibility to respond to God’s calling to come to Christ. This thought is hard for the unbeliever to accept, and, in some respects, for believers too. How can God only bring some people to Christ, since it is God’s desire that all men would be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-5)? Boice highlights Luke 4:25-29, stating that God sent His prophet Elijah to minister to a widow in Sidon instead of the many widows in Israel, and that Elijah healed Naaman, a Syrian, instead of the many lepers that were in Israel. In other words, God draws those whom He wills and gives them to His Son for salvation.
Luke 7:44-50 – A woman, who was known as a sinner in her community, came to Jesus, showing her love for Jesus through the washing and anointing of Jesus feet in the presence of the religious leadership. Jesus acknowledged her desire to honor Him, and forgave her sins, stating that her faith saved her. To be sure, her faith was not initiated by mental ascent or an emotional, but through what appears to be God drawing her to Jesus, and Jesus giving her eternal life.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to rejoice in God’s choosing you as a gift for His Son, resulting in Christ extending eternal life to you. According to scripture, God chose you from the crowd, gave you the understanding for the need of salvation, and brought you to the One who alone gives it to those who come!
If you don’t know Christ personally, maybe God has brought you to the understanding of your separation from Him because of your sin, and has brought you here today to hear how you can be a gift to Jesus. Choose to accept the eternal life Christ offers you. See me during the invitation today.
If you know Christ as your Savior, are you aware of what God has enabled to happen in your life? Jesus highlights another aspect of God’s glory that was given to Him. This brings us to our next point of our message. Intimacy with God grows, when you commit to knowing God. Look with me at verse 3.
III. COMMIT TO KNOWING GOD (VS. 3)
Verse 3 provides commentary in regards to the eternal life that Jesus identifies in Verse 2. Eternal life enables the believer in Christ to establish intimacy with God. The Greek word use for “know” in this verse is a term of intimacy. The believer in Christ begins to enjoy a personal, intimate relationship with the God of the universe, just as Christ has had with His Father before the world was created. However, unlike Jesus, the believer is a created being, thereby being deficient of the perfect knowledge of God. Thus, as a new life begins for the person who is given to Christ, the first knowledge the believer discovers is that in a world of many gods, God is the only One true God, and that Jesus was sent by God to establish the way of salvation for all whom the Father would give to Him.
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 - The apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church that the things that are of a spiritual nature are treated as foolishness by the natural man because he does not have the Spirit of God within him. However, for the believer in Christ, these things can be known, because he has the mind of Christ
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to realize that God has given you the ability to know Him intimately. As one who is to be continually striving to know more about the God you serve, pursuing the wisdom of God through prayer, His word, and active fellowship with believers, your intimacy with God will grow.
As a final thought about God’s glorifying His life, Jesus identifies the fruits of God’s glorifying Him. This leads us to the next point in our sermon; Intimacy with God grows, when you decide to follow the example of Jesus. Look with me at verse 4.
III. DECIDE TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS (VS. 4)
Jesus, in many respects, is identifying that God’s glory has enabled Him to perfectly obey the will of His Father. God glorified Jesus by enabling Him to do everything God had sent Jesus to do. Thus, the reciprocal exchange of glory took place due to what God alone was doing in the life of Jesus.
As believers in Christ, we can see on numerous occasions throughout John’s gospel where Jesus was tempted by the situations He faced to forsake glorifying God. However, in each and every situation, Jesus remained committed to His Father’s will. His pattern of behavior prepared Jesus for the glory He would need from His Father to face the final moments of His life. Though it would appear that Satan would have the victory over the glory of God, and that man, being agents of Satan, would eliminate the future establishment of the church, God’s glory would shine through the darkest moments of Jesus’ earthly life. Being the one who could glorify God with His life with perfection, Jesus serves as the example for all believers to follow.
Jesus was about to experience more pain and sorrow than we can imagine. Yet, He stayed focused on the mission given to Him by His Father. This is a great example of how believers can deal with crises that come their way, to include facing death.
Matthew 4:18-20 – The disciples heard the call of Jesus to follow Him. They dropped what they were doing and followed Jesus.
The point of application for the believer in Christ is to strive to be like Jesus. The key to God’s glory in the life of Jesus was His willing obedience of His Father’s will. Our responsibility for glorifying God is to know His word and through the power of His Holy Spirit, strive to glorify God through obedience. In doing so, we will be following Christ’s example ad bring glory to God.
As we look closely at the prayer of Jesus, we see a Son who is completely committed to obeying and depending upon His Father. Because of His willing obedience of His Father’s will, Jesus received authority over all flesh, to include giving eternal life to those whom the Father gives to Jesus. Because of His perfect obedience of His Father’s will, Jesus could now return to His Father in heaven, receiving the glory He had before the creation of the world.
For the believer in Christ, this text serves as further proof of Jesus being the Messiah sent by God. The text presents the unified relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Additionally, when we believe that Jesus is God’s Son, we have the opportunity to believe in Jesus as Savior and receive eternal life. Eternal life enables us to have an intimate relationship with God, and we can personally commune in intimacy with God with the prayer of Jesus presenting the example for us to follow. We certainly need to thank God for His Son’s love and care enough for believers to pray for them. Will you pursue intimacy with God today?
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Psalm 32 (New King James Version)
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
John 6:37 (New King James Version)
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
John 6:39 (New King James Version)
39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
1 Timothy 2:1-5 (New King James Version)
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Luke 4:25-29 (New King James Version)
25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,[a]in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.”
28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
Luke 7:44-50 (New King James Version)
44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (New King James Version)
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy[a] Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?”[b] But we have the mind of Christ.
Matthew 4:18-20 (New King James Version)
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
INTRODUCTION: INTIMACY IS DIFFICUT, BUT IMPORTANT (PSALM 32)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: REFLECTIONS UPON THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
SCRIPTURE: JOHN 17:1-5
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INTIMACY WITH GOD
CTS: 4 REASONS TO PURSUE INTIMACY WITH GOD.
YOUR INTIMACY WITH GOD GROWS, WHEN YOU:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS GOD’S SON (VV. 1, 5)
• EXPLANATION: THE INTIMACY OF JESUS WITH GOD
o FATHER / YOUR SON / TRINITY / RETURN TO GLORY
• APPLICATION: JESUS IS GOD’S SON; HIS & YOUR OBEDIENCE
II. BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS YOUR SOURCE OF LIFE (VS. 2)
• EXPLANATION: THE GIFT OF GOD TO JESUS (JOHN 6:37, 39)
o THE GIFT OF JESUS TO YOU (1 TIMOTHY 2:1-5; LUKE 4:25-29)
• ILLUSTRATION: LUKE 7:44-50
• APPLICATION: REJOICE IN THE GIFT PROCESS
III. COMMIT TO KNOWING GOD (VS. 3)
• EXPLANATION: ETERNAL LIFE = KNOWING GOD
o GINOWSKO (GR) – INIMATE USAGE
• ILLUSTRATION: 1 CORINTHIANS 2:13-16
• APPLICATION: YOU CAN BE INTIMATE WITH GOD
IV. DECIDE TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS (VS. 4)
• EXPLANATION: JESUS REMAINED COMMITTED
• ILLUSTRATION: MATTHEW 4:18-20
• APPLICATION: SET THE EXAMPLE FOR CHRIST IN OBEDIENCE
• JESUS’ CHALLENGE – INTIMATE WITH HIS FATHER AND MAN
• OUR CHALLENGE – SEEK INTIMACY WITH GOD
JEREBOAM II (ISREAL) (793-753 B.C.) – 2 KINGS 14:23-24 (NOTES)
APPLICATION: OUR CONTEXT IS SIMILAR; OUR KING IS DIFFERENT
“TAKE YOUR MEDS”
REMEMBER THIS: DISCIPLINE IS PART OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US
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BACKGROUND THOUGHT: The Bible Knowledge Commentary
The events in the reigns of the kings mentioned in 1:1 are recorded in 2 Chronicles 26–32. Hosea began his ministry near the end of a period of military success and prosperity for both Israel and Judah (cf. 2 Kings 14:25–28; 2 Chron. 26:2, 6–15). During the first half of the eighth century Assyrian influence in the West had declined, allowing the kingdoms of Jeroboam II and Uzziah to flourish.
Jeremiah 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jeremiah Called to Be a Priest
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
2 Chronicles 26:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. 4 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 5 He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Chronicles 27:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jotham Reigns in Judah
27 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the Lord). But still the people acted corruptly.
2 Chronicles 28:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Ahaz Reigns in Judah
28 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord, as his father David had done.2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made molded images for the Baals. 3 He burned incense in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and burned his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.
2 Chronicles 29:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
29 Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.
Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple
3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.
2 Kings 14:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jeroboam II Reigns in Israel
23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, became king in Samaria, and reigned forty-one years. 24 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin. New American Commentary
At the very outset of this disorienting book, therefore, we find ourselves confronting a riddle. Why did Hosea neglect to mention the rest of the kings of Israel? The reason appears to be twofold. First, he regarded Jeroboam II as the last king of Israel with any shred of legitimacy. Those after him were a pack of assassins and ambitious climbers who had no right to the title “king.” Hosea’s assessment of the kings of Israel appears in texts like 7:1–7. Second, he hoped for better things from Judah. At times he criticized the south as heavily as the north (5:5, 12), but he also prayed that they not follow Israel’s lead (4:15). Most importantly, he looked for salvation and reunification in the line of David (3:5). Conclusion: Take Your Meds
Much of the healing from our difficult situations is received through our willingness to accept the counsel of another and to act according to the provided guidance. I regularly hear my wife asking, “Did you take your meds?.” At times, I have forgotten to take them. I respond with the appropriate answer, thanking her for her reminder. Mind you, her questions are not asked out of a nagging nature, but because she loves me and longs to be with me. If I don’t follow her (the doctor’s direction) counsel, I am putting my physical life in danger. The same is true for God’s people. If He provides us council, we had better listen and take heed. The book of proverbs speak of long life for those who listen and honor God’s w through obedience. If we don’t listen, we will experience undue hardship, like God’s people in Hosea’s day. Take heed to God’s counsel and obey (James 1:21-22). A long life awaits those who do.
Hosea 1:1 New King James Version (NKJV) Hosea’s Unfaithful Wife
1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea the son of Beeri,
in the days of (A)Uzziah, (B)Jotham, (C)Ahaz, and(D)Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of (E)Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. Cross references:
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DENY SELF; THE CROSS; FOLLOW JESUS; SHAME
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: AFFIRMED SON OF GOD
CTS: 3 WAYS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE GOD’S TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR LIFE
HOW ARE WE TRANSFIGURED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?:
I. ATTITUDE OF DEVOTED PRAYER (VV. 28-29)
EXPLANATION: JESUS & THREE DISCIPLES DEPARTED TO A MOUNTAIN
JESUS TOOK PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN TO A MOUNTAIN TO PRAY (28)
WHILE JESUS WAS PRAYING, HIS COUNTENANCE CHANGED (29)
ILLUSTRATION: HOW ATTITUDE EFFECTS YOUR HEALTH (HARVARD)
APPLICATION: GOD CHANGES YOU THROUGH DEVOTED PRAYER
II. COMMITMENT TO FELLOWSHIP WITH JESUS (VV. 30-31)
EXPLANATION: JESUS FELLOWSHIPS IN THE KINGDOM
MOSES AND ELIJAH APPEAR TO ENCOURAGE JESUS (30)
MOSES WAS / IS VITAL TO ISRAEL (LAW)
ELIJAH WAS A MIGHTY PROPHET (PROPHET OF OLD)
RESPECTED BY ISREAL
HAD ALREADY COME (SPIRIT IN JOHN THE BAPTIST)
THEY WERE SPEAKING TO JESUS ABOUT HIS SOON DEPARTURE (31A)
JESUS WOULD ACCOMPLISH THIS IN JERUSALEM (31B)
ILLUSTRATION: COMPLETING A DOCTORATE: ENCOURAGEMENT!
APPLICATION: WE NEED EACH OTHER’S FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST
III. TOTAL DEVOTION TO GOD’S WORD (VV. 32-36)
EXPLANATION: PETER ATTEMPTS TO SHOW HONOR TO THE KINGDOM
THE DISCIPLES HAD BEEN OVERCOME BY FATIGUE AND SLEPT (32A)
WHEN THEY WERE FULLY AWAKE, THEY SAW THE KINGDOM (32B)
PETER SOUGHT TO EQUALLY HONOR THE THREE MEN (33A):
PETER WAS UNAWARE OF WHAT HE WAS IMPLYING (33B)
GOD AFFIRMED WHO JESUS IS: HIS SON (LISTEN TO HIM) (34-35)
EXPERIENCING GOD SILENCED THE DISCIPLES (36) (SEE VV. 20-21)
APPLICATION: LET’S STRIVE TO HEAR & HONOR JESUS ABOVE ALL
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
GOD HAS HONORED JESUS AS HIS SON. WE ARE TO LISTEN TO HIM
TRANSFIGURATION: PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP, LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
REMEMBER THIS: JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD: HEAR AND OBEY HIS WORDREFERENCES (page 1)
How your attitudes affect your health
A positive view of life and aging may help you live longer.
Published: May, 2016
Do you look forward to the next week? Do you feel younger than your age? Do you have a sense of purpose? If so, you may already have done something to reduce your risk of degenerative diseases and may even be adding years to your life.
"Your outlook—having a sense of optimism and purpose—seems to be predictive of health outcomes," says Dr. Laura Kubzansky, professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has studied the health effects of several forms of psychological well-being. She has found that emotional vitality—characterized by enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement in life, and the ability to face life's stresses with emotional balance—is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
What is our response to blessing?
- Zacharias muted, told by God to name son John
- Elizabeth blessed with pregnancy
- Mary has visited and left
- Historicity of â€œneighbors and relativesâ€
- Dr. Luke, again, doing his research and speaking, presumably to those who had been present
- Again, he is drawing on the authority of eye witnesses
- And if we can believe the testimony of those concerning John the Baptist and the miracle that led to HIS existence, then it becomes easier to believe Johnâ€™s Testimony about Jesus, which is that He is the Christ
- Godâ€™s blessing is individual and communal
- Elizabeth is pregnant beyond her years
- The stigma of the time for not producing a child is removed
- They know the Lord will be a blessing through their son
- Jenâ€™s cousin Dennis
- Individually (with family) called to pastoral ministry
- Given tools and trust of church
- Blessed in teaching and church growth
- A sense of purpose revealed to Dennis
- We were also able to see Godâ€™s hand in these events and rejoice/gawk at Godâ€™s work.
- The neighbors and family are rejoicing with her
- When the Lord acts in a personâ€™s life, he WILL be seen
- And when the Lord acts in a personâ€™s life, he does so with a purpose toward his plan for creation/his people
- All stories of God empowering/blessing individuals who then had a massive communal impact.
- We should always remember that the blessings God gives us are not only for us.
- A home
- The gift of life.
- TRANSITION: When the Lord blesses his servants, he expects that blessing to impact his people. Therefore, our response to blessing must be obedience. Letâ€™s keep reading
- Obeying God requires sacrifice
- Circumcision was the ritual by which babies were initiated into the Jewish faith
- At the ceremony, the baby would be named.
- Names are important
- They are symbolically jumping off point for identifying a personâ€™s future.
- Less the case now than back in Biblical times, but nonetheless, we see it done
- Customary for parents to name a son after the father or some other male relative as a way of setting the beginning of their path in life.
- He SHOULD be named Zacharias
- Would carry the family name
- Would be set on the path toward priesthood
- Would continue to edify the familyâ€™s good work for the faith/community
- But God told Zacharias to call the baby John.
- Zacharias mute (possibly deaf?) so Elizabeth must make the call.
- Mention of Ephesians 5
- Beautiful model of marriage
- Never to be that the husband dominates the wife, but that they are attentive to God and God directs the husband who in turn points his family back to God
- Elizabeth submits to Zacharias here, firmly, resolutely, and in obedience of God.
- Consequence of naming son John
- abandoning the good work of the family
- Setting their child up NOT to follow father into priesthood
- Essentially fully surrendering the future of their son to the one who named him, God
- Obeying God may confuse those around you
- This level of sacrifice is scary.
- To Parents:
- Even with reassurance from God, they are the ones with the most to lose
- To onlookers
- All they see is two people essentially abandoning the future of their son.
- When God calls you, we must obey, not out of fear of consequence, but out of hope and earned trust in that calling.
- Dennis leaving very well paying Job
- Missionaries who abandon comfort to work in foreign lands
- Local families who open their homes to those in need
- Families who adopt unwanted children to bring them up in the Lord
- A dating person who leaves a relationship because they are unequally yoked.
TRANSITION: So Elizabeth intends to make this sacrifice in obedience to God, deferring her right to name her child to God. But Zacharias must still complete the act of obedience.
- Obedience is freeing, not enslaving
- Zacharias drops the mic and in this fully obeys, in trust, what God had commanded him to do in the Temple.
- When Zacharias disobediently doubts the Lord, the Lord responds by silencing Zacharias
- Answers Zachariasâ€™ doubts in dramatic fashion
- Showing Godâ€™s power
- Removes the gift of speech since it was given to Zacharias to praise God and tell of what he had seen, and he was not fully obedient with it
- When Zacharias obeys God by being Godâ€™s scribe for Johnâ€™s name, he showed that he was ready to use his gift of speech for Godâ€™s appointed purpose again, and thus is granted his voice.
- We often think of the idea of obedience as limiting and binding
- And in many cases it can be
- A boss giving unjust orders or punishments, such is the nature of human sin
- However, in obedience to God, we have nothing but blessing to look forward to.
- Our gifts
- Gifts are powerless and fruitless if not used for the purposes of God
- A pastor will often have the gift of public speaking
- If the pastor does not trust the Lord in obedience, then the gift has no eternal power and the Church will die
- A craftsman will have the gift of creating or mending
- If the craftsman cheapens his work or swindles his customers, then the gift has no eternal power and the witness of the craft dies.
- All these people have gifts, but are the gifts being used in obedience?
- People will succeed on a worldly level in disobedience (read habbakuk for a wrestling with this problem)
- But those who encounter the gift will see from where the power of the gift comes.
- A preacher who preaches a false gospel shows people the way to transient happienss, but not into the arms of God
- A craftsman who cheats and swindles shows people a path to wealth, but not into the arms of God
- A musician who sings about and lustful desires shows people the path to self-actualization, but not into the arms of God.
- We are given our gifts to witness to the goodness of our savior and let us pray that when we forget that fact, that the Lord would make our gifts powerless
- In this act of obedience, Zacharias allows the Lord to name his Son. When the Lord names you, you are called into blessing
- â€œWhat will this child be?â€
- John is named by God and chosen for a specific purpose
- He will be given the gift of speaking, and he will use this obediently
- He will herald the coming of the Christ
- He will meet, identify, and baptize Jesus
- He will set the model for those empowered by the Holy Spirit who come after him â€œChrist must increase, I must decreaseâ€ even though he has been gifted exceptionally
- He will continue to baptize and preach forgiveness in Jesus until he is imprisoned and beheaded.
- Who are we called to be?
- Well, this is all well and good, but I havenâ€™t been named by God. I have the name my parents gave me!
- We were named by God and claimed as his children when Jesus died on the cross for our sin.
- In that naming, we are given the gift of eternal life
- In that naming, we are given the gift of knowing what THIS life is for
- In that naming, we are given the privilege to herald the second coming of our redeemer
- In that naming, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit to once again know God intimately as Adam and Eve did in Eden.
- If you know Christ, remember that you have been named by the Holy Spirit and no valley in life or faith will separate you from the freedom you have in Jesus.
- If you do not, know Christ and have always been afraid of what it would mean to live a life of obedience to a God above yourself, please know that God invites us into that obedience out of his love for us here and now as well as eternally. He will never coerce, he will only invite into blessing
INTRODUCTION: GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR MANKIND (1 JN 4:7-11)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:27-36
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LUKE’S PURPOSE; JESUS DISCIPLESHIP
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: BEATITUDES II
CTS: 5 WAYS YOUR LOVE WILL GLORIFY GOD
HOW DOES GOD GOD WANT ME TO LOVE OTHERS?:
I. LOVE OTHERS AS YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED BY GOD (VV. 27-28)
EXPLANATION: JESUS GIVES 4 COMMANDS OF LOVE
NOTE WHO JESUS IS TALKING TO: THOSE WHO HEAR (27A)(JN 10:1-5)
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (27B) (ROM 5:8) (SEE NAC NOTES)
DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU (27C) (ROM 12:19-21)
BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU (28A)
PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MISTREAT YOU (28B):
APPLICATION: SALVATION = ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE = LOVE ALL MEN
II. LOVE OTHERS WITH PERSEVERANCE (VV. 29-31)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES EXAMPLES OF PERSEVERING LOVE
WHOEVER STRIKES YOUR CHEEK, OFFER THE OTHER (29A)
WHOEVER TAKES YOUR COAT, GIVE YOUR SHIRT ALSO (29B)
GIVE TO ANYONE WHO ASKS (30A)
WHOEVER TAKES WHAT IS YOURS, DON’T DEMAND IT BACK (30B)
TREAT OTHERS THE SAME WAY YOU WISH TO BE TREATED (31):
APPLICATION: DON’T LET GREED STEAL GOD’S LOVE FOR OTHERS
III. YOUR LOVE MUST EXCEED THE LOVE OF THE WORLD (VV. 32-34)
EXPLANATION: JESUS CONTRASTS THE WORLD’S LOVE WITH GOD’S
IF YOU LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU, (32) ————————- SINNERS
IF YOU DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO DO GOOD TO YOU, ———— DO
IF YOU LEND TO THOSE WHO LEND TO YOU, —————-— THE SAME
APPLICATION: SIMPLY STRIVE TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE W/O CONDITIONS
IV. EMULATE YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S LOVE (VV. 35ABC)
EXPLANATION: JESUS IDENTIFIES THE WAY WE EMULATE GOD’S LOVE
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (35A)
DO GOOD (35B)
LEND, EXPECTING NOTHING IN RETURN (35C)
V. LOVE ALL MEN, KNOWING GOD WILL REWARD YOU (VV. 35DEF-36)
EXPLANATION: JESUS IDENTIFIES THE WAY WE EMULATE GOD’S LOVE
YOUR REWARD WILL BE GREAT (35D)
YOU WILL BE SONS OF THE MOST HIGH (35E)
YOU ARE FOLLOWING HIS EXAMPLE: HE IS KIND TO EVIL MEN (35F)
BE MERCIFUL, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER IS MERCIFUL (36)
APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON GOD’S PROMISES; HE WILL REWARD YOU!
JESUS POINTED HIS FOLLOWERS TO THE TRUE MEANING OF LOVE
WE CANNOT LOVE OTHERS WITHOUT THE POWER OF JESUS
GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT WILL ENABLE US TO DO ALL HE EXPECTS OF US
KEEPING CONSCIOUS OF GOD’S REWARDS ENABLES ENDURING LOVE
REFERENCES (page 1)
1 John 4:7-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
John 10:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus the True Shepherd
10 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
The New American Commentary (VV. 27-28)
The last three commands reveal that the command to love one’s enemies does not appeal to the emotions but to the will. Jesus did not command his followers “to feel” in a certain way but to act in a certain way. Emotions can be elicited but not commanded. Actions and the will can be commanded. Thus the command to love one’s enemies is not directed to how believers are to feel but how they are to act. Often loving feelings follow loving actions much like a caboose follows an engine. Jesus’ commands, however, are addressed to the engine of the will and not the caboose of feelings.
Romans 12:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”[b]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Luke 6:27-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 “But I say to you who hear, (A)love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, (B)pray for those who [a]mistreat you.
29 (C)Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your [b]coat, do not withhold your [c]shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 [d](D)Treat others the same way you want [e]them to treat you.
32 (E)If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 (F)If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.
35 But (G)love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [f]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be (H)sons of (I)the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 [g]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
a Luke 6:28 Or revile
b Luke 6:29 I.e. outer garment
c Luke 6:29 Or tunic; i.e. garment worn next to body
d Luke 6:31 Lit Do to
e Luke 6:31 Lit people
f Luke 6:35 Or not despairing at all
g Luke 6:36 Or Become
A Luke 6:27 : Matt 5:44; Luke 6:35
B Luke 6:28 : Matt 5:44; Luke 6:35
C Luke 6:29 : Luke 6:29-30: Matt 5:39-42
D Luke 6:31 : Matt 7:12
E Luke 6:32 : Matt 5:46
F Luke 6:34 : Matt 5:42
G Luke 6:35 : Luke 6:27
H Luke 6:35 : Matt 5:9
I Luke 6:35 : Luke 1:32
INTRODUCTION: CHARACTER WITNESS - DEFENDANT CREDIBILITY
(ANGEL, ZACHARIAS, JOHN, MARY, YOU? - HOLY SPIRIT)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:21-40
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD IS WITH US; WITNESSES HAVE SEEN HIM
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: CONFIRMATION OF HIS ROLE
CTS: 4 TRUTHS CONFIRMING THE ROLE OF JESUS AS MESSIAH
WHAT PROOF IDENTIFIES JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION FOR MAN?:
I. GOD’S CARE FOR JESUS (VV. 21-24, 39-40)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH & MARY PRESENT JESUS AT THE TEMPLE
o THE HOLY CHILD WAS NAMED “JESUS” (21B)
o IMPLIED - JESUS WAS CIRCUMCISED (21A)
o PURIFICATION COMPLETED, JESUS BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM (22-23)
o SACRIFICED OFFERED (IAW THE LAW OF THE LORD) (24)
o RETURNED TO NAZARETH & CARED FOR JESUS (39-40)
• APPLICATION: GOD WILL ENABLE YOU TO FULFILL HIS LAW (GAL 4:4-6)
II. GOD’S AFFIRMING OF JESUS AS SALVATION FOR MAN (VV. 25-35)
• EXPLANATION: SIMEON AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S SALVATION
o RIGHTEOUS & DEVOUT (25A)
o LOOKING FOR THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL (25B)
o HOLY SPIRIT WAS UPON HIM (25C) (5TH TIME MENTIONED)
o HOLY SPIRIT REVEALED: NO DEATH BEFORE SEEING CHRIST (26)
o CAME BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE TEMPLE (27)
o TOOK JESUS IN HIS ARMS AND BLESSED GOD (28-32)
o JOSPEH & MARY AMAZED BY SIMEON’S TESTIMONY (33)
o BLESSES THEM AND WARNS MARY (34-35)
• APPLICATION: GOD’S WORD AFFIRMS SALVATION (JOHN 1:11-13, 3:16)
III. GOD’S WITNESS TO THE REDEMPTION OF JERUSALEM (VV. 36-38)
• EXPLANATION: ANNA AFFIRMS JESUS AS GOD’S REDEMPTION
o POSSIBLY 106 YEARS OLD (36-37)
? MARRIED AT 15 (CONCEIVABLY)
? MARRIED 7 YEARS
? WIDOW FOR 84 YEARS (ALWAYS AT THE TEMPLE)
o GAVE GOD THANKS
o TOLD ALL LOOKING FOR JERUSALEM’S REDEMPTION (38)
• APPLICATION: REDEMPTION IS AVAILABLE IN CHRIST (1 PET 1:17-19)
• GOD GRACIOUSLY CARES FOR THOSE WHO ARE HIS
• THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS EXPERIENCE GOD’S SALVATION
• THOSE WHO HAVE GOD’S SALVATION HAVE BEEN REDEEMED
• TRUSTING IN GOD’S SALVATION AND REDEMPTION = PEACE & HOPE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 4:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
John 1:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He came to His own,[a] and His own[b] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 Peter 1:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Luke 2:21-40New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Presented at the Temple
21 And when (A)eight days had passed, [a]before His circumcision, (B)His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
22 (C)And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “(D)Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “(E)A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (F)righteous and devout, (G)looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And (H)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (I)see death before he had seen the Lord’s [b]Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, [c](J)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
(K)According to Your word;
For my eyes have (L)seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
(M)A Light [d]of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And His father and (N)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary (O)His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for (P)the fall and [e]rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a (Q)prophetess, [f]Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of (R)the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in [g]years (S)and had lived with her husband seven years after her [h]marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with (T)fastings and prayers. 38 At that very [i]moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were (U)looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Return to Nazareth
39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to (V)their own city of Nazareth. 40 (W)The Child continued to grow and become strong, [j]increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
a Luke 2:21 Lit so as to circumcise Him
b Luke 2:26 I.e. Messiah
c Luke 2:27 Lit to do for Him according to
d Luke 2:32 Or for
e Luke 2:34 Or resurrection
f Luke 2:36 Or Hannah
g Luke 2:36 Lit days
h Luke 2:36 Lit virginity
i Luke 2:38 Lit hour
j Luke 2:40 Lit becoming full of
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A Luke 2:21 : Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3; Luke 1:59
B Luke 2:21 : Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 1:31
C Luke 2:22 : Lev 12:6-8
D Luke 2:23 : Ex 13:2, 12; Num 3:13; 8:17
E Luke 2:24 : Lev 5:11; 12:8
F Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6
G Luke 2:25 : Mark 15:43; Luke 2:38; 23:51
H Luke 2:26 : Matt 2:12
I Luke 2:26 : Ps 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5
J Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:22
K Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26
L Luke 2:30 : Ps 119:166, 174; Is 52:10; Luke 3:6
M Luke 2:32 : Is 9:2; 42:6; 49:6, 9; 51:4; 60:1-3; Matt 4:16; Acts 13:47; 26:23
N Luke 2:33 : Matt 12:46
O Luke 2:34 : Matt 12:46
P Luke 2:34 : Matt 21:44; 1 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8
Q Luke 2:36 : Luke 2:38; Acts 21:9
R Luke 2:36 : Josh 19:24
S Luke 2:36 : 1 Tim 5:9
T Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Acts 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim 5:5
U Luke 2:38 : Luke 1:68; 2:25
V Luke 2:39 : Matt 2:23; Luke 1:26; 2:51; 4:16
W Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80; 2:52
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU LIVING A PROFITABLE LIFE? (MATT 16:25-27)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:57-62
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS PREPARING HIS FOLLOWERS FOR FAITH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: COUNSEL FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
CTS: 3 INDICATORS OF A WEAK OR FALSE FAITH
WHAT BEHAVIOR IS A HINDERANCE TO MY FAITH?:
I. LONGING FOR THE COMFORTABLE LIFE (VV. 57-58)
EXPLANATION: A MAN IS WILLING TO SELL OUT TO JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO!” (57)
JESUS ENLIGHTENS THE MAN TO THE COMFORTS OF FAITH (58)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO HIS DISCIPLES (9:3-4)
JESUS’ COUNSEL TO ALL FOLLOWERS (JOHN 14:1-3)
ILLUSTRATION: PREPARING FOR MINISTRY (DOWNSIZING)
APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER LIVING ON LESS TO MAKE MORE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CAN YOU LIVE ON LESS?
II. LUSTING FOR WEALTH (VV. 59-60)
EXPLANATION: A MAN WHO LOVES MONEY MORE THAN JESUS
“COME FOLLOW ME!,” SAID JESUS (59A)
THE MAN’S CONCERN: “LET ME BURY MY FATHER!” (59B)
PEOPLE WERE BURIED WITHIN A SHORT TIME AFTER DEATH
THE MAN WANTED TO WAIT TO HONOR JEWISH TRADITION
THE MAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE RICHES
CONSIDER THE RICH YOUNG RULER (MARK 10:17-22)
APPLICATION: FOLLOW THE COUNSEL OF JESUS: STORE UP YOUR TREASURE IN HEAVEN AND FOR GOD’S WORK ON EARTH (MATT 6:19-21)
III. LOOKING TO WORLDLY RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 61-62)
EXPLANATION: A MAN CHOOSES WORLD RELATIONSHIPS OVER JESUS
“I WILL FOLLOW YOU, BUT FIRST LET ME SAY FAREWELL” (61)
JESUS REFINES WHO IS IN HIS KINGDOM: FOCUSSED ONES (62)
2 TIMOTHY 4:10 - DEMAS LEFT PAUL FOR THIS PRESENT WORLD
APPLICATION: WORLDLY RELATIONS OFFER NOTHING, WHEN COMPARED TO OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST
DEAN - A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART
REMEMBER THIS: TRUE FAITH IS PLACING GOD AS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. MAKE HIM SO.REFERENCES (page 1)
Introduction: Are you living a profitable life?
DO YOU EVER THINK about profit? often times, when we think of profit, we tend to think of money related statistics. However, have you thought about why you participate in the activities of life? We often look at the opportunities that are before us and ask ourselves the question, “Is this worth my time?” When someone asks us to donate or to participate in a program, we often ask, “What profit will I gain from this?” Going back to the thought of finances, what is the smart thing to do with financial investments, if the investment is not performing well or may even be losing value? A smart investor will usually ditch the investment and look for an investment that has a proven track record and transfer their funds accordingly. So, the big question is, “Has your life been profitable?” How can I determine if it has been, is presently, and will be for eternity? Thankfully, Jesus provides an answer to the profitability of life. He says:
Matthew 16:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 For (A)whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what (B)profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or (C)what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For(D)the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father (E)with His angels, (F)and then He will reward each according to his works.
Luke 9:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 (A)And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
4 (B)“Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let (A)not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. (B)I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, (C)I will come again and receive you to Myself; that (D)where I am, there you may be also.
Mark 10:17-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 (B)Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I (C)do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, (D)God. 19 You know the commandments: (E)‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have (F)kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, (G)sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have (H)treasure in heaven; and come, (I)take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 6:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 (B)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20 (C)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Ministry of Dean: A man after God’s heart
I am grateful for a young man whom God has brought into and inspired my life. His name is Dean. I met Dean during my initial role as an associate pastor at a church in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As we grew in our friendship and fellowship, I discovered something exciting about Dean. He had a passionate love for God. He was quite the example in sacrificing his personal time in the service of others. One evening, while I was at home, my children alerted me to someone at the entrance of our driveway. I went outside to find a pair of headlights shining down my driveway with someone digging near my mailbox. I went to see who it was. It was Dean. He was planting tulip flowers. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “Justing being a servant to my pastor.” Not long after that evening, I woke up on a Saturday morning to the sound of a riding lawn mower outside our bedroom window. I looked outside only to see Dean on a riding mower cutting our lawn. He testified again that he was just trying to provide loving service to his pastor. Dean did not do such things as these only for my family, but for many he saw in need. He clearly has a passion to honor God in his life. His self control has enabled him to resist the temptations we have discussed today. What about you? Are you struggling with a life of comfort? Is the pursuits of this world’s wealth choking out your ability to live a joyful life for Christ? Is relating to others in this world above your relating to your Creator, your Savior, Your Lord? God will set your priorities straight, as you ask, trust, and obey His lead.
Luke 9:57-62 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Cost of Discipleship(A)
57 (B)Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man (C)has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 (D)Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, (E)I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is (F)fit for the kingdom of God.”
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS JUST DECLARED HIS DESTINY AGAIN (22, 44)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: DEFINING WHO IS GREAT
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT WILL ENABLE GOD’S GREATNESS IN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS PLEASED WITH MY FAITH?:
I. REFUSING TO EXERCISE PRIDEFUL LEADERSHIP (VS. 46)
EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ARGUED FOR STATUS
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (44) LED TO AN ELECTION
SONS OF THUNDER (JAMES AND JOHN)?
THE REVEALER OF CHRIST (PETER)?
ILLUSTRATION: MARKETING SKILLS (WHAT GET’S YOU THE JOB)
WE WANT A KING! (1 SAMUEL 8)
APPLICATION: STRIVE NOT FOR LEADERSHIP DUE TO YOUR ABILITIES
ISAIAH 64:6 - OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS = FILTHY RAGS
II. REMEMBERING WHO CHRIST IS (VS. 47)
EXPLANATION: LUKE DEMONSTRATES THE DEITY OF JESUS
JESUS KNEW HIS DISCIPLES WERE ARGUING (47A) (HEART ISSUE)
JESUS CHOSE TO PRESENT AN OBJECT LESSON (CHILD) (47B)
APPLICATION: THOUGH JESUS DIED, REMEMBER HIS RESURRECTION:
ENABLED YOUR SONSHIP (PAID FOR YOUR SIN DEBT)
SENT HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE IN ALL FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST
LEADS US THROUGH THE SPIRIT’S POWER
INTERCEDES FOR US BEFORE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
HE’S COMING BACK TO TAKE ALL BELIEVERS TO GLORY
III. RESOLVING TO BE GOD’S SERVANT TO ALL (VS. 48)
EXPLANATION: JESUS POINTED TO THE KEY TO GREATNESS
JESUS HIGHLIGHTED CARING FOR CHILDREN IN HIS NAME
THE STATUS OF A CHILD IN THE DAYS OF JESUS (NOTES)
RECEIVING A CHILD, MEANT RECEIVING/SERVING JESUS (NOTES)
WHATEVER YOU DO IN JESUS’ NAME, YOU’VE DONE IT TO HIM (MATT 25:31-40)
JESUS CAME TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED (MARK 10:45)
APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SERVE ALL MEN, CHRISTIAN OR NOT
“ON HELPING OTHERS” BY RANDY KILGORE
REMEMBER THIS: YOUR GREATNESS RESTS ON SERVING JESUS!REFERENCES (page 1)
Leadership by example
“Semper Fidelis,” a famous saying used to enable Marines to remember their allegiance to one another, kept me focussed during my time in the Marine Corps. I was to be always faithful to the leadership under which I served, even if the leadership did not set the example for me to follow. As elders in the church, we are exhorted and admonished by God not to lord it over those whom are entrusted to our care, but to be examples to our flock, following the leadership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today's message takes a brief look at what Jesus teaches us about leadership. If you have your Bibles with you please turn with me to Luke 9. We will be looking at verses 46-48.
Dress code - look neat; dress conservative
Attitude - be confident in the Lord
Hygiene - no bedheads; teeth brushed; mouthwash; breath mints
Resume - convince without presence.
Respect - be cordial, with yes and no completed with ma’m or sir
We want a king!!! (1 Samuel 8)
If you read the scripture surrounding and including 1 Samuel 8, you will find that the children of God were fed up with His leadership and representatives. They wanted a man to make decisions for their future, a man who would be their king! The nation sought to be like the other nations around them. An earthly king is what they thought they needed. Samuel mourned over the situation, but God encouraged Samuel, identifying that the nation was not rejecting the leadership of Samuel or his sons, but God’s leadership as their king.
Isaiah 64:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
New International Greek Testament Commentary
The status of a child in the days of Jesus
It is the one who is least in importance who is really the greatest. This principle is illustrated in the fact that Jesus regards the person who welcomes and pays attention to a child, commonly regarded in the ancient world as of no importance, as receiving Jesus, and thus receiving God himself.
Receiving a child meant receiving / serving Jesus
At this point the saying takes a surprising turn. Instead of affirming the greatness of the person who is prepared to serve in this way, or of stating that he is like Jesus, Jesus states that to receive a child is to receive himself. This shows that the original point of the saying is concerned with the worth of the child, and that it affirms the importance of serving the child by saying that to do so is to serve Jesus himself. The thought is the same as in Mt. 25:35–40 where it is developed at length with regard to the needy and afflicted with whom Jesus identifies himself.
Matthew 25:31-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Luke 9:46-48 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Test of Greatness
46 (A)An argument [a]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.
47 But Jesus, (B)knowing [b]what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side,
48 and said to them, “(C)Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; (D)for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
Luke 9:48 : Luke 22:26On Helping Others by Randy Kilgore (ODB)
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. —Leviticus 19:9
When snowstorms bury the grazing lands, ranchers must feed their herds by hand. As hay is tossed from wagons and trucks, the strongest animals bull their way to the front. Timid or sickly animals get little or no feed unless the rancher intervenes.
Workers in refugee camps and food pantries report a similar pattern. When they open their stores to those in need, the weak and timid may not make it to the front of the line. Like the ranchers, these human lifelines must take steps to ensure that their services reach the feeble, weary, and sick at the edge of society’s attention.
They are carrying out a principle set forth by God long ago. In Leviticus 19, Moses instructed Israel’s farmers and vintners to leave portions of their crops so the poor and the stranger could have something to eat (vv.9-10).
We too can serve as caretakers to the weak and weary. Whether we’re teachers coaxing quiet students to open up, workers coming alongside a struggling co-worker, prisoners looking out for new arrivals, or parents showing attention to their children, we have ways to honor God by helping others.
As we seek to serve those in need, may the grace of God that reached us in our need move us to reach out to others in theirs.
Father, open my eyes to those struggling to have
enough food, enough love, enough hope; then open my
heart to find ways to help them receive love, using my
hands in service to them—and through them, to You.
INTRODUCTION: â€œA LIFE OF DOING GOODâ€
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:6-11
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: DOING GOOD
CTS: 4 RESULTS OF DOING GOOD FOR GOD
HOW DOES MY DOING GOOD FOR GOD IMPACT ETERNITY?:
I. GOD TOUCHES OTHERS (VS. 6)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS TEACHING GODâ€™S WORD ON THE SABBATH
o JESUS WAS IN THE SYNAGOGUE TEACHING (6A) (MATT 28:19-20)
o A MAN WITH A WITHERED RIGHT HAND WAS THERE (6B)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: EDUCATION & DECISIONS
Â· APPLICATION: TRUST GODâ€™S WORD TO TOUCH THE NEEDS OF OTHERS
â–ª SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, & PHYSICAL (OUR ROLE)
II. GOD MAKES UNBELIEVERS AWARE OF HIS GOOD (VV. 7-8A)
Â· EXPLANATION: CRITICS WERE OBSERVING JESUSâ€™ TEACHINGS
o OBSERVING TO ACCUSE HIM OF VIOLATING THE SABBATH (7)
o JESUS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE THINKING (8A) (JER 17:9-10)
â–ª EVIDENCE OF JESUSâ€™ DEITY - OMNISCIENCE
Â· ILLUSTRATION: â€œYOUR WALK IS YOUR WITNESSâ€ - PTL
Â· APPLICATION: LIVE GODâ€™S WORD / TEACH IT TO OTHERS
III. GOD AFFIRMS THE GOOD YOU DO FOR HIM (VV. 8B-10)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ADDRESSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO GOOD
o JESUS CALLS THE MAN NEEDING HEALING FORWARD (8B)
o JESUS CONFRONTS HIS OPPOSITION ABOUT DOING GOOD (9)
â–ª KNOWING TO DO GOOD & NOT DOING IT = SIN (JAMES 4:17)
o AWARE OF AUDIENCE DISAPPROVAL, JESUS HEALS THE MAN (10)
Â· APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO SERVE, MAKING THE SACRIFICE
IV. GOD HARDENS HEARTS OF UNBELIEVERS (VS. 11)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE UNBELIEVING AUDIENCE BECOMES OUTRAGED
o UNBELIEVERS (PHARISEES & SCRIBES) WERE FILLED W/ RAGE (11A)
o THEY BEGAN TO PLOT AGAINST JESUS (11B)
Â· APPLICATION: DONâ€™T LET CRITICS STOP YOU FROM LIVING FOR GOD
Â· JESUS WAS OBEDIENT TO HIS FATHER: TEACHING & PREACHING
Â· HIS MINISTRY GAVE HIM OPPORTUNITY TO MEET NEEDS
Â· JESUS EXPERIENCED OPPOSITION, AS HE OBEYED HIS FATHER
Â· OUR LIVES ARE TO PARALLEL THE MINISTRY OF JESUS
Â· WE ARE TO SHARE GODâ€™S WORD, SEARCHING FOR NEEDS TO MEET
Â· AS WE TRUST GOD, HE WILL LEAD US THROUGH OPPOSITION
REFERENCES (page 1)
A Life of doing good
Does it really matter, if you live a life of intentionally doing good things for others. Many believe that it matters, asserting doing to others as you would have them do for you. Some call doing good â€œpaying it forward,â€ believing that doing good things for others will bring good things your way. Though these thoughts appear to be morally pure and wholesome before God, thereâ€™s a problem.
Today we will see how doing good can be misunderstood, especially when harnessed with guidelines of when to do good, as well as when not to. Is such guided goodness pleasing to God? If you have your Bible, turn with me to the Gospel of Luke, as we seek a clear understanding of doing good. We will be studying verses 6-11 of chapter 6.
Matthew 28:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.â€ Amen.[b]
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
James 4:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.â€ƒ
Luke 6:6-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 (A)On another Sabbath He entered (B)the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there [a]whose right hand was withered.
7 The scribes and the Pharisees (C)were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. 8 But He (D)knew [b]what they were thinking,
and He said to the man with the withered hand, â€œGet up and [c]come forward!â€ And he got up and [d]came forward. 9 And Jesus said to them, â€œI ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to destroy it?â€ 10 After (E)looking around at them all, He said to him, â€œStretch out your hand!â€ And he did so; and his hand was restored.
11 But they themselves were filled with [e]rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
a Luke 6:6 Lit and his
b Luke 6:8 Lit their thoughts
c Luke 6:8 Lit stand into the middle
d Luke 6:8 Lit stood
e Luke 6:11 Lit folly
A Luke 6:6 : Luke 6:6-11: Matt 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:1
INTRODUCTION: CARING FOR THE MULTITUDES: LOG CHIEF
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 9:10-17
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DISCIPLES DISPATCHED; REPUTATION GROWING
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: FEEDING THE 5000
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING JESUSâ€™ ABILITY TO MEET EVERY NEED
WHEN IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL?:
I. AVAILABILITY (VV. 10-11)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS TOOK HIS DISCIPLES ASIDE; WORK FOLLOWED
o COMPLETING THEIR MISSION, THE DISCIPLES GAVE A REPORT (10A)
o JESUS TOOK THEM TO BETHSAIDA TO REST (10B) (MARK 6:31-32)
o THE CROWDS FOLLOWED; JESUS TAUGHT AND HEALED (11)
o ALL BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO MINISTRY
o YOU ARE GODâ€™S MINISTER TO YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
II. AWARENESS OF NEEDS (VV. 12-13)
Â· EXPLANATION: DISCIPLES TO JESUS: SEND THEM AWAY
o IT WAS LATE IN THE DAY (12A)
o PEOPLE WERE HOMELESS & GETTING HUNGRY (12B)
o NO PLACE TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT (12C)
o RESPONSE OF JESUS: â€œYOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT!â€ (13A)
o NOT ENOUGH TO FEED ALL (ONLY 5 LOAVES & 2 FISH) (13B)
Â· APPLICATION: ASSESS THE NEEDS AROUND YOU / PRAY / TAKE ACTION
III. ALLOWING JESUS TO WORK THROUGH YOU (VV. 14-17)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS MEETS THE NEED
o LUKE IDENTIFIES THE HEAD COUNT (ABOUT 5000 MEN) (14A)
â–ª HOW MANY? (MACARTHUR NOTES)
o JESUS ORGANIZED THE PEOPLE FOR A FEAST (14B - 15)
o JESUS BLESSED THE FOOD AND KEPT GIVING IT OUT (16)
â–ª PRE-WEDDING FEAST (SEE MACARTHUR NOTES)
o EVERYONE ATE AND WAS SATISFIED (17A) (chortazo - SATIATED)
o 12 BASKETS OF PIECES GATHERED (17B)(FOOD FOR DISCIPLES?!)
Â· APPLICATION: AS WE WORK TOGETHER GOD WILL MEET NEEDS
Â· THE DISCIPLES WERE EMPOWERED, BUT STILL NEEDED TO LEARN
Â· JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE; EVERY MAN NEEDS HIM
Â· THOUGH WE HAVE GODâ€™S SPIRIT, WE NEED DISCIPLESHIP
Â· AS WE LEAN UPON JESUS, HE WILL PREPARE US TO SHARE HIS BREAD
REMEMBER THIS: WE ARE OBLIGED TO MEET NEEDS AS WE SHARE CHRIST.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
MacArthur notes on the 5000:
â€œAs Lukeâ€™s parenthetical note indicates, there were about five thousand men present. Including the women and children (Matt 14:21), there could have been twenty to twenty-five thousand people present. The five loaves (small biscuits and crackers) and two small dried fish were obviously intended as a protest if not a mockery of the Lordâ€™s request.
MacArthur notes on the banquet:
The feeding of the five thousand men, along with surely an equal number of women and children, was the largest work of divine creative power since creation week and the restructuring of the earth after the flood (Gen. 6-8). It was also the highpoint and culmination of Christâ€™s ministry in Galileeâ€”and the last great opportunity for its people.
MacArthur notes on who gets the bread:
This miraculous provision of food on a massive scale is a striking exhibition of Godâ€™s concern for even the most mundane issues of life. That Jesus fed people who would ultimately reject Him illustrates Godâ€™s common grace, because of which â€œHe causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteousâ€ (Matt 5:45). It also previews Christâ€™s power to usher in the blessings of the earthly millennial kingdom (cf. Isaiah 25:6-9)
Isaiah 25:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
And in this mountain
The Lord of hosts will make for all people
A feast of choice pieces,
A feast of wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day:
â€œBehold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.â€
Luke 9:10-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 (A)When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done. (B)Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called (C)Bethsaida.11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
Five Thousand Fed
12 Now the day [a]was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, â€œSend the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get [b]something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.â€ 13 But He said to them, â€œYou give them something to eat!â€ And they said, â€œWe have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.â€
14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, â€œHave them [c]sit down to eat (D)in groups of about fifty each.â€ 15 They did so, and had them all [d]sit down. 16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the [e]people. 17 And they all ate and were satisfied; and [f]the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve (E)baskets full.
A. Luke 9:10 : Mark 6:30
B. Luke 9:10 : Luke 9:10-17: Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; John 6:5-13
C. Luke 9:10 : Matt 11:21
D. Luke 9:14 : Mark 6:39
E. Luke 9:17 : Matt 14:20
INTRODUCTION: MEMORIAL DAY: A DAY TO REMEMBER
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 5:17-26
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS DEMONSTRATED POWER TO HEAL
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: GODâ€™S FORGIVENESS
CTS: 3 TRUTHS VERIFYING GODâ€™S POWER OF FORGIVENESS IN JESUS
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN MY SINS?:
I. REMEMBERING HIS POWER TO FORGIVE SINS (VV. 17-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS GRANTED FORGIVENESS TO A DESPARATE MAN
o PHARISEES & TEACHERS WERE GATHERED TO EVALUATE JESUS (17)
â–ª SEE NOTES ON PHARISEES
o MEN WERE BRINGING A PARALYTIC TO JESUS FOR HEALING (18)
â–ª THE MEN WERE ZEALOUS IN GETTING TO JESUS (19)
o SEEING THEIR FAITH, JESUS FORGAVE THE MAN OF HIS SINS (20)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: OLYMPIC HURDLE RACING; CLEAR THEM TO WIN
â€¢ APPLICATION: ASK GOD FOR ZEAL TO BRING OTHERS TO JESUS
II. REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS CANâ€™T FORGIVE (VS. 21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE RELIGIOUS ELECT SAW JESUS AS A BLASPHEMER
o BLASPHEME DEFINED
o WHO CAN FORGIVE SINS, BUT GOD ALONE? (21B) (1 JOHN 1:5-9)
â€¢ APPLICATION: MEDITATE ON GODâ€™S FORGIVENESS;FREEDOM IS THERE
III. RESOLVE TO HONOR HIS AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE (VV. 22-26)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS REFUTED THE ELECTâ€™S ACCUSATIONS
o JESUS QUESTIONED: WHATâ€™S EASIER, TALK OR HEALING? (22-23)
o JESUS VERIFIED HIS AUTHORITY BY HEALING THE MAN (24-25)
â–ª SEE NOTES ON â€œSON OF MANâ€
o ALL WERE STRUCK WITH ASTONISHMENT & GLORIFIED GOD (26A)
o THE WITNESSES WERE FILLED WITH FEAR! (26B) (PSALM 128: 1-6)
â€¢ APPLICATION: AS WE TELL OF GODâ€™S FORGIVENESS, HE WILL HEAL
â€¢ GODâ€™S HEALING POWER MUST BE INTERNAL BEFORE EXTERNAL
â€¢ JESUS IS GODâ€™S APPOINTED AUTHORITY FOR FORGIVING SINS
â€¢ FORGIVENESS IS GIVEN TO ALL WHO SEEK JESUS IN FAITH
â€¢ AS WE LET GO OF GUILT OF PAST SINS, GODâ€™S GIVES HIS JOY TO US
REFERENCES (page 1)
MEMORIAL DAY - A DAY TO REMEMBER
Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
â€œWe do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.â€
- James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
Notes on the Pharisees:
The scribes and Pharisees probably developed out of the ministry of Ezra, the priest, who taught the Jewish people to obey the Law of Moses and be separate from the heathen nations around them (Ezra 9â€“10; Neh. 8â€“9). The great desire of the scribes and Pharisees was to understand and magnify Godâ€™s Law and apply it in their daily lives.
However, the movement soon became quite legalistic and its leaders laid so many burdens on the people that it was impossible to â€œserve the Lord with gladnessâ€ (Ps. 100:2). Furthermore, many of the Pharisees were hypocrites and did not practice what they preached (see Matt. 15:1â€“20; 23:1â€“36). In the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5â€“7), Jesus exposed the shallowness of pharisaical religion. He explained that true righteousness is a matter of the heart and not external religious practices alone.
to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred. (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
1 John 1:5-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God Is Light
5 (A)This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that (B)God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 (C)If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we (D)lie and (E)do not practice the truth; 7 but if we (F)walk in the Light as (G)He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and (H)the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 (I)If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the (J)truth is not in us. 9 (K)If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and (L)to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Thoughts on â€œthe Son of Manâ€ (Wiersbe)
In Luke 5:24, we have the first recorded use of the title Son of man in Lukeâ€™s Gospel, where it is found twenty-three times. Our Lordâ€™s listeners were familiar with this title. It was used of the Prophet Ezekiel over eighty times, and Daniel applied it to the Messiah (Dan. 7:13, 18). â€œSon of manâ€ was our Lordâ€™s favorite name for Himself; this title is found at least eighty-two times in the Gospel record.â€ƒ
Luke 5:17-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 [a]One day He was teaching; and (A)there were some Pharisees and (B)teachers of the law sitting there, who had (C)come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and (D)the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 (E)And some men were carrying on a [b]bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on (F)the roof and let him down (G)through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, â€œ[c]Friend, (H)your sins are forgiven you.â€
21 The scribes and the Pharisees (I)began to reason, saying, â€œ(J)Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? (K)Who can forgive sins, but God alone?â€
22 But Jesus, [d]aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, â€œWhy are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, â€˜Your sins have been forgiven you,â€™ or to say, â€˜Get up and walkâ€™? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,â€â€”He said to the (L)paralyticâ€”â€œI say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.â€ 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home (M)glorifying God. 26 [e]They were all struck with astonishment and began (N)glorifying God; and they were filled (O)with fear, saying, â€œWe have seen remarkable things today.â€
a Luke 5:17 Lit On one of the days
b Luke 5:18 Or stretcher
c Luke 5:20 Lit Man
d Luke 5:22 Or perceiving
e Luke 5:26 Lit Astonishment took them all
A Luke 5:17 : Matt 15:1
B Luke 5:17 : Luke 2:46
C Luke 5:17 : Mark 1:45
D Luke 5:17 : Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46
E Luke 5:18 : Luke 5:18-26: Matt 9:2-8; Mark 2:3-12
F Luke 5:19 : Matt 24:17
G Luke 5:19 : Mark 2:4
H Luke 5:20 : Matt 9:2
I Luke 5:21 : Luke 3:8
J Luke 5:21 : Luke 7:49
K Luke 5:21 : Is 43:25
L Luke 5:24 : Matt 4:24
M Luke 5:25 : Matt 9:8
N Luke 5:26 : Matt 9:8
O Luke 5:26 : Luke 1:65; 7:16
INTRODUCTION: â€œTHE GREAT HEALERâ€ BY JULIE ACKERMAN LINK
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:40-56
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: IS JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD? (4:18-19)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: GODâ€™S HEALER
CTS: GOD HAS GIVEN HIS SON VICTORY OVER DISEASE AND DEATH!
I. WHAT IS KEY FOR VICTORY OVER DIFFICULTY? (VV. 40-42)
Â· EXPLANATION: A SYNAGOGUE OFFICIAL CAME TO JESUS FOR HELP
o RETURNING FROM THE GENTILES, JEWS ANXIOUS TO SEE JESUS (40)
o JAIRUS CAME TO JESUS (41A): (SEE ROLE OF OFFICIAL (13:10-16))
â–ª FELL AT JESUSâ€™ FEET (41B)
â–ª IMPLORED JESUS TO COME; HIS DAUGHTER WAS DYING (41-42)
â–ª CROWDS SLOWED JESUSâ€™ JOURNEY TO JAIRUSâ€™ HOME (43)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF BODY GUARDS
Â· APPLICATION: HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE JESUS; HE WILL RESPOND
II. CAN JESUS HEAL THE INCURABLE? (VV. 43-48)
Â· EXPLANATION: AS JESUS MOVED, HE FELT POWER LEAVE HIM
o A WOMAN WITH A 12 YR HEMORRHAGE TOUCHED JESUS (43-44)(IVP)
â–ª â€œIF I COULD ONLY TOUCH HIM . . .â€ (MARK 5:25-29)(SEE IVP NOTES)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: WHAT DID A LIFE OF HEMORRHAGE LOOK LIKE?
â–ª SHE TOUCHED JESUSâ€™ GARMENT (43)
â–ª SHE WAS HEALED OF HER HEMORRHAGE (44)
o JESUS FELT HEALING POWER LEAVE HIM (45-46)
o THE ONCE DISEASED WOMAN FELL AT JESUSâ€™ FEET (47)
o JESUS PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED HER FAITH (48)
Â· APPLICATION: COME TO JESUS (REGARDLESS); HE WILL HEAL
III. CAN JESUS GIVE US VICTORY OVER DEATH? (VV. 49-56)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS RAISES JAIRUSâ€™ DAUGHTER FROM THE DEAD
o JAIRUS RECEIVES A HOPELESS MESSAGE: DAUGHTER IS DEAD (49)
o JESUS: â€œDONâ€™T BE AFRAID; ONLY BELIEVE,
& SHE WILL BE MADE WELL (50)
o IN SPITE OF DEATH, JESUS RAISED JAIRUSâ€™ DAUGHTER (51-56)
Â· APPLICATION: AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, VICTORY IS YOURS!!
Â· JESUS WAS RESPONSIVE TO THOSE WHO PURSUED HM BY FAITH
Â· HEALING FOR EVERY LIFE BEGINS WITH FAITH IN CHRIST
HUMILITY & TRUST IN CHRIST ENABLES HEALING BEYOND UNDERSTANDINGâ€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
â€œTHE GREAT HEALERâ€ by Julie Ackerman Link (Intro)
The doctors I know are smart, hard-working, and compassionate. They have relieved my suffering on many occasions, and I am grateful for their expertise in diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medication, setting broken bones, and stitching up wounds. But this does not mean that I place my faith in physicians rather than in God.
For reasons known only to God, He appointed humans to be His partners in the work of caring for creation (Gen. 2:15), and doctors are among them. Doctors study medical science and learn how God designed the body. They use this knowledge to help restore us to a healthy condition. But the only reason doctors can do anything to make us better is that God created us with the ability to heal. Surgeons would be useless if incisions didnâ€™t heal.
Scientists can learn how God created our bodies to function, and they devise therapies to help restore or cure us, but they are not healers; God is (Ex. 15:26). Doctors simply cooperate with Godâ€™s original intent and design.
So I am grateful for science and doctors, but my praise and thanksgiving go to God, who designed an orderly universe and who created us with minds that can discover how it works. I believe, therefore, that all healing is divine because no healing takes place apart from God.
Luke 4:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,[a]
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.â€[b]
Luke 13:10-16New King James Version (NKJV)
A Spirit of Infirmity
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. 12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, â€œWoman, you are loosed from your infirmity.â€ 13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, â€œThere are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.â€
15 The Lord then answered him and said, â€œHypocrite![a] Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has boundâ€”think of itâ€”for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?â€
The IVP Bible Background Commentary
8:43. This womanâ€™s sickness was reckoned as if she had a menstrual period all month long; it made her continually unclean under the law (Lev 15:19â€“33)â€”a social problem on top of the physical one. Just as Jewish interpreters linked texts by a common word, Lukeâ€™s source may use â€œtwelve yearsâ€ to emphasize the relatedness of these stories (vv. 42â€“43).
8:44â€“45. If she touched anyone or anyoneâ€™s clothes, she rendered that person ceremonially unclean for the rest of the day (cf. Lev 15:26â€“27). She therefore should not have even been in this heavy crowd. Many teachers avoided touching women altogether, lest they become accidentally contaminated. Thus this woman could not touch or be touched, was probably now divorced or had never married, and was marginal to the rest of Jewish society.
Mark 5:25-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worseâ€” 27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His [a]cloak. 28 For she [b]thought, â€œIf I just touch His garments, I will [c]get well.â€ 29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her (A)affliction.
Luke 8:40-56New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Miracles of Healing
40 (A)And as Jesus returned, the [a]people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him. 41 (B)And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an [b](C)official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesusâ€™ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; 42 for he had an [c]only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying. But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.
43 And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, 44 came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His [d]cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 And Jesus said, â€œWho is the one who touched Me?â€ And while they were all denying it, Peter said, â€œ(D)Master, the [e]people are crowding and pressing in on You.â€ 46 But Jesus said, â€œSomeone did touch Me, for I was aware that (E)power had gone out of Me.â€ 47 When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And He said to her, â€œDaughter, (F)your faith has [f]made you well; (G)go in peace.â€
49 While He was still speaking, someone *came from the house of (H)the synagogue official, saying, â€œYour daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.â€ 50 But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, â€œ(I)Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be [g]made well.â€ 51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him, except Peter and John and James, and the girlâ€™s father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and (J)lamenting for her; but He said, â€œStop weeping, for she has not died, but (K)is asleep.â€ 53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. 54 He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, â€œChild, arise!â€ 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were amazed; but He (L)instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
a Luke 8:40 Lit crowd
b Luke 8:41 Lit ruler
c Luke 8:42 Or only begotten
d Luke 8:44 Or outer garment
e Luke 8:45 Lit crowds
f Luke 8:48 Or saved you
g Luke 8:50 Or saved
A Luke 8:40 : Matt 9:1; Mark 5:21
B Luke 8:41 : Luke 8:41-56: Matt 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43
C Luke 8:41 : Mark 5:22; Luke 8:49
D Luke 8:45 : Luke 5:5
E Luke 8:46 : Luke 5:17
F Luke 8:48 : Matt 9:22
G Luke 8:48 : Mark 5:34; Luke 7:50
H Luke 8:49 : Luke 8:41
I Luke 8:50 : Mark 5:36
J Luke 8:52 : Matt 11:17; Luke 23:27
K Luke 8:52 : John 11:13
L Luke 8:56 : Matt 8:4
INTRODUCTION: A POOR FOUNDATION IS A DANGEROUS THING
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:46-49
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS SERMON: HEAR AND OBEY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HEARING AND OBEYING JESUS
CTS: 2 VITAL TRUTHS CONCERNING YOUR SALVATION.
HOW DOES HEARING AND OBEYING JESUS IMPACT YOUR FAITH?:
I. FAITH IS MORE THAN YOU MAY THINK (VS. 46)
EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT CONTRAST IN FAITH
â€œWHY DO YOU CALL ME â€˜LORD, LORDâ€™. . .â€ (46A)
â€œLORD, LORDâ€ - A SIGN OF GREAT HONOR (NIGTC)
â€œ. . .AND DO NOT DO WHAT I SAY?â€ (46B)
DISCIPLES SPOKE GREAT RESPECT, BUT DID NOT SHOW IT
ILLUSTRATION: â€œYOU CAN COUNT ON US!!â€
APPLICATION: BE A DOER OF YOUR WORD FOR GOD & MAN (JAS 1:22-24)
II. FAITH REQUIRES ACTION (VV. 47-49)
EXPLANATION: JESUS SHOWS WHAT OBEDIENCE LOOKS LIKE
JESUS PROVIDES A CONTRAST BETWEEN FAITH AND DISBELIEF:
THOSE WHO COME, HEAR, AND OBEY CAN EXPECT: (47)
STABILITY IN ADVERSITY. WHY? (48)
A MAN BUILT A HOUSE (SHELTER) (48A)
SOLID FOUNDATION WAS CONSTRUCTED (48B) (EPH 2:17-22)
WHEN ADVERSITY CAME, THE HOUSE STOOD FIRM (48C)
ILLUSTRATION: OUR FIRST HOME (BUILT W/ A SOLID FOUNDATION)
THOSE WHO WOULD NOT LISTEN (FOOLISH) CAN EXPECT:
DESTRUCTION IN ADVERSITY. WHY?
A MAN BUILT A HOUSE (SHELTER) (49A)
NO FOUNDATION WAS LAID (49B)
WHEN ADVERSITY CAME, DESTRUCTION (49C)
APPLICATION: FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD (JAS 2:14-17)
JESUS EXPECTS THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM TO HEAR AND OBEY HIM
CHOOSING NOT TO LISTEN &/OR OBEY WILL RESULT IN DESTRUCTION
CHOOSE TO BUILD YOUR HOUSE UPON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
SING THE â€œWISE MANâ€ SONG
REFERENCES (page 1)
James 1:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
22Â But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23Â For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24Â for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
Ephesians 2:17-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
17Â And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18Â For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Christ Our Cornerstone
19Â Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20Â having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21Â in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22Â in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
James 2:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
14Â What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15Â If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16Â and one of you says to them, â€œDepart in peace, be warmed and filled,â€ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17Â Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.Luke 6:46-49 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Builders and Foundations
46Â â€œ(A)Why do you call Me, â€˜Lord, Lord,â€™ and do not do what I say?
47Â (B)Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and [a]acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48Â he is like a man building a house, who [b]dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the [c]torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
49Â But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the [d]torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.â€
a Luke 6:47 Lit does
b Luke 6:48 Lit dug and went deep
c Luke 6:48 Lit river
d Luke 6:49 Lit river
A Luke 6:46 : Mal 1:6; Matt 7:21
B Luke 6:47 : Luke 6:47-49: Matt 7:24-27; James 1:22ff
INTRODUCTION: MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, I WANT TO. . .
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:21-38
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JOHN POINTING TO JESUS (VV. 15-17)
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS BAPTISM
CTS: 3 WAYS JESUS DEMONSTRATES IDENTITY W/ MAN @ HIS BAPTISM
HOW DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS IDENTIFY WITH MY FAITH?:
I. IDENTITY IN REPENTANCE (VS. 21AB)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKE POINTS TO JESUSâ€™ IDENTITY W/ MAN & GOD
o THOSE WHO LISTENED TO THE GOSPEL WERE BAPTIZED (21A)
o BAPTISM OF JESUS - NOT IN REPENTANCE FROM SIN (21B)
â–ª JESUSâ€™ BAPTISM - FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS (MATT 3:13-15)
â–ª JESUS WAS BAPTIZED BY JOHN (MARK 1:9)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: BEGINNING MISSIONARY WORK (IDENTITY MATTERS)
â€¢ APPLICATION: DONâ€™T FORGET WHO YOU WERE & WHO YOU ARE
II. IDENTITY IN PRAYER (VS. 21C)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LUKEâ€™S THRUST - PRAYER IS IMPORTANT
o AS JESUS COMPLETED BAPTISM, HE PRAYED (21C)
â–ª GODâ€™S RESPONSE TO JESUSâ€™ PRAYER
â€¢ HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDED ON JESUS IN BODILY FORM (22A)
o NOTE: â€œUPON,â€ NOT â€œWITHINâ€; US - â€œFILLEDâ€ (ACTS 9:17-19)
â€¢ GOD SPOKE TO HIM â€œ. . . IN YOU I AM WELL-PLEASEDâ€ (22B)
o MATT 17:5; OUR PLEASING GOD: HEB 13:14-16
â€¢ APPLICATION: JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE FOR A STRONG PRAYER LIFE
o PRAY - GOD WILL SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH HIS WORD
III. IDENTITY WITHOUT RESPECT OF PERSONS (VV. 22-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS SENT BY GOD FOR ALL BELIEVERS
o LUKEâ€™S GENEALOGY OF JESUS IS REVERSED ICT MATT 1:1-17
o GENEALOGY OF JESUS IN MATTHEW IS MOSTLY JEWS:
â–ª BEGINNING WITH ABRAHAM, PROVIDES JEWISH LINEAGE
o GENEALOGY OF JESUS IN LUKE INCLUDES JEWS AND GENTILES:
â–ª BEGINNING WITH JOSEPH, GOES BACK TO ADAM
o NOTE: JESUSâ€™ GENEALOGY SIMILARITY TO MOSESâ€™ (EX 6:14-25)
â€¢ APPLICATION: REPENTANCE & BAPTISM APPLIES TO ALL MEN
o MATTHEW 28:19-20 - MAKE DISCIPLES, BAPTIZE, AND TEACH
â€¢ JESUS IDENTIFIED WITH EVERY SINNER AT HIS BAPTISM
â€¢ THOUGH HE NEVER SINNED, JESUS SUBMITTED TO BAPTISM
â€¢ JESUSâ€™ BAPTISM IS OUR EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD
â€¢ OUR LIFE OF REPENTANCE MUST BE IMMERSED IN PRAYER
â€¢ SALVATION IS NOT FOR SOME, BUT FOR ALL WHO REPENT & BELIEVE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 3:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, â€œI need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?â€
15 But Jesus answered and said to him, â€œPermit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.â€ Then he allowed Him.
Mark 1:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Acts 9:17-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, â€œBrother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[a] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.â€ 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Matthew 17:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, â€œThis is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!â€
Hebrews 13:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Luke 3:21-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Is Baptized
21 (A)Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was (B)praying, heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, â€œ(C)You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.â€
Genealogy of Jesus
23 (D)When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, [a]as was supposed, the son of (E)Joseph, [b]the son of [c]Eli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of [d]Hesli, the son of Naggai, 26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, (F)the son of Zerubbabel, the son of [e]Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of [f]Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of [g]Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 (G)the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of [h]Salmon, the son of [i]Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of [j]Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, (H)the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of [k]Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of [l]Heber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, (I)the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
a Luke 3:23 Lit as it was being thought
b Luke 3:23 Lit of Eli, and so throughout the genealogy
c Luke 3:23 Also spelled Heli
d Luke 3:25 Also spelled Esli
e Luke 3:27 Gr Salathiel; names of people in the Old Testament are given in their Old Testament form through v 38
f Luke 3:29 Gr Jesus
g Luke 3:30 Gr Judas
h Luke 3:32 Gr Sala
i Luke 3:32 Gr Naasson
j Luke 3:33 Gr Arni
k Luke 3:35 Gr Ragau
l Luke 3:35 Gr Eber
end of footnotes
A Luke 3:21 : Luke 3:21-22: Matt 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11
B Luke 3:21 : Matt 14:23; Luke 5:16; 9:18, 28f
C Luke 3:22 : Ps 2:7; Is 42:1; Matt 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 9:35; 2 Pet 1:17
D Luke 3:23 : Matt 4:17; Acts 1:1
E Luke 3:23 : Matt 1:16; Luke 3:23-27
F Luke 3:27 : Matt 1:12
G Luke 3:32 : Luke 3:32-34: Matt 1:1-6
H Luke 3:34 : Luke 3:34-36: Gen 11:26-30; 1 Chr 1:24-27
I Luke 3:36 : Luke 3:36-38: Gen 5:3-32; 1 Chr 1:1-4
More Than Anything Else in the World I Want â€¦
Fan mail poured in from all over the country. Everyone wanted to congratulate Pepper Martin. He had just led the St. Louis Cardinals to victory in the World Series, making them world champions of baseball. After the final game, reporters crowded around Martin wanting an interesting quote to headline the next dayâ€™s newspaper. Finally, one enterprising reporter asked Pepper, â€œHaving won the World Series single-handedly, now, what do you want more than anything else in the world?â€
Martin stopped to think for a few moments, then startled the gathered newsmen with his answer: â€œAbove everything else in the world I want to go to heaven.â€ The reporters laughed vigorously. Martin stared them into silence, then asked calmly, â€œWhatâ€™s so funny about that? I do want above everything else to go to heaven. I want to live so right that when I come to the end of life there will not be any question about where I am going to spend eternity.â€
The picture of John the Baptist would be funny if his message were not so strong and pertinent. He called people to get ready for the final judgment. The only way to be ready was to repent, but repent meant to change oneâ€™s way of living. Unexpectedly, hundreds of people mobbed him daily, wanting to know more, and wanting to be baptized to show they had truly repented.
Todayâ€™s generation may have heard the story too often. Maybe we have been told we need to repent too many times. Perhaps the call seems always to be for the other fellow and not for us. Jesus and John kept telling self-secure, religious people that the call to repentance was for them, not someone else. Are you willing to hear Godâ€™s call to your life today? Are you willing to repent, change your course, and become who God wants you to be? Will you follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God? This is the most important question of life. To put it off is to miss life itself. To apply it to someone else is to turn a deaf ear to God. To repent and follow Jesus is to find assurance that when you die you will go to heaven.
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING GODâ€™S PROVIDENCE IN YOUR LIFE
HOW CAN I BE SURE GOD IS WITH ME AT ALL TIMES?:
I. GOD IS AT WORK IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD USED THE ROMANS TO MOVE JOSEPH & MARY
o CAESAR AUGUSTUS DECREED A CENSUS TAKE PLACE (1-2)
o PEOPLE RETURNED TO THEIR HOME CITY TO REGISTER (3)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: THE BEGINNING OF NEW HOPE
â€¢ APPLICATION: CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD WITH YOU: PEACE & HOPE
II. GOD WILL GUIDE YOU TO DO HIS WILL (VV. 4-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOSPEH & MARY WENT TO BETHLEHEM
o THEY LEFT GALILEE / NAZARETH (4A) (ISAIAH 9:1, MATT 2:22-23)
o THEY WENT UP TO BETHLEHEM (UPHILL CLIMB) (4B) (MICAH 5:2)
o DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES: UNWED EXPECTING COUPLE
o NOTE â€“ JOSEPH & MARY OBEYED THROUGH DIFFICULTY
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: GODâ€™S GUIDANCE AT NEW HOPE (S.O.F, EXP. PRCHG)
â€¢ APPLICATION: PURPOSEFUL OBEDIENCE TO GOD = DOING HIS WILL
III. GOD WILL KEEP HIS WORD (VV. 6-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS WAS BORN, FULFILLING PROPHECY
o TIME CAME FOR GOD TO PHYSICALLY ENTER THIS WORLD (6-7A)
o NOTE â€“ SETTING AND CLOTHING â€“ LOWLY (7BC) (HUMILITY)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD WILL KEEP HIS WORD / PROMISES TO YOU
â€¢ GOD WORKED THROUGH LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES TO DO HIS WILL
â€¢ GOD FAITHFULLY FULFILLED HIS WORD IN THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
â€¢ GOD IS BEING FAITHFUL TO YOU, IF YOU BELONG TO HIM
Isaiah 9:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
As when at first He lightly esteemed
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
And afterward more heavily oppressed her,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
Matthew 2:22-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, â€œHe shall be called a Nazarene.â€
Micah 5:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 â€œBut you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
Luke 2:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesusâ€™ Birth in Bethlehem
2 Now in those days a decree went out from (A)Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of (B)all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of (C)Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because (D)he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she (E)gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
a. Luke 2:1 I.e. the Roman empire
b. Luke 2:2 Or This took place as a first census
c. Luke 2:2 Gr Kyrenios
d. Luke 2:7 Or feeding trough
A. Luke 2:1 : Matt 22:17; Luke 3:1
B. Luke 2:1 : Matt 24:14
C. Luke 2:2 : Matt 4:24
D. Luke 2:4 : Luke 1:27
E. Luke 2:7 : Matt 1:25
Hanging On Nothing
June 22, 2013 â€” by David C. McCasland
Read: Job 26:5-14
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing. â€”Job 26:7
A world map published by the National Geographic Society has this notation: â€œEarthâ€™s mass is 6.6 sextillion tons.â€ And what supports all that weight? Nothing. The planet we inhabit spins on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour as it hurtles through space in its orbit around the sun. But itâ€™s easy for that to remain unnoticed in the midst of our daily concerns about health, relationships, and how to pay the bills.
The Old Testament character Job repeatedly considered Godâ€™s creation in his struggle to make sense of the numbing loss of his health, his wealth, and his children. â€œ[God] stretches out the north over empty space,â€ Job said. â€œHe hangs the earth on nothingâ€ (Job 26:7). Job marveled at the clouds that did not break under the heavy water inside them (v.8) and the horizon â€œat the boundary of light and darknessâ€ (v.10), but called them â€œthe mere edges of His waysâ€ (v.14).
Creation itself did not answer Jobâ€™s questions, but the heavens and the earth pointed him to God the Creator, who alone could respond with help and hope.
The Lord who upholds the universe by the â€œword of His powerâ€ (Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:17) is in control of our everyday lives. Experiences that seem â€œempty placesâ€ are all undergirded by our heavenly Fatherâ€™s power and love.
Dear Lord, we praise You for Your infinite power.
You created the world out of nothing and uphold
it by Your word. Help me to remember that You
are also in control of every part of my life.
When we reflect on the power of Godâ€™s creation, we see the power of His care for us.
ILLUSTRATION: GODâ€™S CALL OF KING DAVID (1 SAMUEL 16)
APPLICATION: PARENTS: ALLOW GOD TO LEAD; CHILDREN: OBEY GOD
â€œI AM TO BE ABOUT MY FATHERâ€™S BUSINESS.â€
JESUSâ€™ OBEDIENCE OF HIS PARENTS HONORED HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN
JESUS DEMONSTRATED A CHILDâ€™S ZEAL TO HONOR HIS FATHER
AS PARENTS AND AS CHILDREN, WE MUST HONOR GOD
GOD IS HONORED & GLORIFIED IN A FAMILYâ€™S SUBMISSION TO HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Proverbs 22:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.
Ephesians 6:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4Â And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Greatest Commandment
6Â â€œNow this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2Â that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3Â Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised youâ€”â€˜a land flowing with milk and honey.â€™[a]
4Â â€œHear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one![b] 5Â You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6Â â€œAnd these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7Â You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8Â You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9Â You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Mark 3:31-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesusâ€™ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
31Â Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32Â And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, â€œLook, Your mother and Your brothers[a] are outside seeking You.â€
33Â But He answered them, saying, â€œWho is My mother, or My brothers?â€ 34Â And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, â€œHere are My mother and My brothers! 35Â For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.â€
John 10:37-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
37Â If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38Â but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.â€ 39Â Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
Luke 2:41-52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Visit to Jerusalem
41Â Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at (A)the Feast of the Passover. 42Â And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43Â and as they were returning, after spending the (B)full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44Â but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a dayâ€™s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45Â When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46Â Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47Â And all who heard Him (C)were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48Â When they saw Him, they were astonished; and (D)His mother said to Him, â€œ[a]Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, (E)Your father and I [b]have been anxiously looking for You.â€ 49Â And He said to them, â€œWhy is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that (F)I had to be in My Fatherâ€™s [c]house?â€ 50Â But (G)they did not understand the statement which He [d]had made to them. 51Â And He went down with them and came to (H)Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and (I)His mother (J)treasured all these [e]things in her heart.
52Â And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and [f]stature, and in (K)favor with God and men.
a Luke 2:48 Or Child
b Luke 2:48 Lit are looking
c Luke 2:49 Or affairs; lit in the things of My Father
d Luke 2:50 Lit had spoken
e Luke 2:51 Lit words
f Luke 2:52 Or age
end of footnotes
A Luke 2:41 : Ex 12:11; 23:15; Deut 16:1-6
B Luke 2:43 : Ex 12:15
C Luke 2:47 : Matt 7:28; 13:54; 22:33; Mark 1:22; 6:2; 11:18; Luke 4:32; John 7:15
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CONFIRMATION OF GODâ€™S MESSAGE TO MARY
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS FATHER
CTS: 2 WAYS THAT GOD INFLUENCES OUR FAITH
HOW DOES JESUSâ€™ FATHER INFLUENCE OUR FAITH?:
I. HE HAS GIVEN FAVOR TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 46-50)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY EXPRESSES HUMBLE GRATITUDE
ï‚§ SOUL EXALTED GOD (46B) (PS 34:2)
ï‚§ SPIRIT REJOICED IN GOD HER SAVIOR (47) (1 TIM 1:1)
ï‚§ SLAVERY TO HER LORD; GOD HONORED HER FOR IT (48) (PS 138:6)
ï‚§ SALUTATION OF GODâ€™S POWER AND HOLINESS (49)
ï‚§ SOLACE IN GODâ€™S MERCY FOR ALL WHO FEAR HIM (50) (PS 103:17)
II. HE HAS GIVEN MERCY TO HIS PEOPLE (VV. 51-56)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY SPEAKS OF GODâ€™S MIGHTY WORKS
o GOD HAS:
ï‚§ DONE MIGHTY DEEDS WITH HIS ARM (51A) (PS 98:1)
ï‚§ SCATTERED THE PROUD IN HEART (51B)
ï‚§ CHIASTIC STRUCTURE:
ï‚§ BROUGHT DOWN RULERS FROM THEIR THRONES (52A)
ï‚§ EXHALTED THE HUMBLE (52B) (JOB 5:11)
ï‚§ FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS (53A) (PS 107:9)
ï‚§ SENT AWAY THE RICH EMPTY HANDED (53B)
ï‚§ FAITHFUL MERCY TOWARD HIS PEOPLE (54-55) (GEN 17:7)
o MARY REMAINED WITH ELIZABETH FOR THREE MONTHS (56)
â€¢ GOD CONTINUES TO EXERCISE HIS WORK THROUGH JESUS
â€¢ JESUS FAITHFULLY DOES HIS FATHERâ€™S WORK (JOHN 10:37-38)
â€¢ AS WE SUBMIT TO GOD, HE WILL WORK THROUGH US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Psalm 34:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
1 Timothy 1:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
Psalm 138:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.
Psalm 103:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to childrenâ€™s children,
Psalm 98:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
98 Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Job 5:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Psalm 107:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Genesis 17:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
John 10:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.â€
Luke 1:46-56 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
46 And Mary said:
â€œ(A)My soul [a](B)exalts the Lord,
47 And (C)my spirit has rejoiced in (D)God my Savior.
48 â€œFor (E)He has had regard for the humble state of His [b]bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me(F)blessed.
49 â€œFor the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 â€œ(G)AND HIS MERCY IS [c]UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION
TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 â€œ(H)He has done [d]mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the [e]thoughts of their heart.
52 â€œHe has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has (I)exalted those who were humble.
53 â€œ(J)HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 â€œHe has given help to Israel His servant,
[f]In remembrance of His mercy,
55 (K)As He spoke to our fathers,
(L)To Abraham and his [g]descendants forever.â€
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.
a. Luke 1:46 Lit makes great
b. Luke 1:48 I.e. female slave
c. Luke 1:50 Lit unto generations and generations
d. Luke 1:51 Lit might
e. Luke 1:51 Lit thought, attitude
f. Luke 1:54 Lit So as to remember
g. Luke 1:55 Lit seed
A. Luke 1:46 : Luke 1:46-53: 1 Sam 2:1-10
B. Luke 1:46 : Ps 34:2f
C. Luke 1:47 : Ps 35:9; Hab 3:18
D. Luke 1:47 : 1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; Titus 1:3; 2:10; 3:4; Jude 25
INTRODUCTION: ABILITY TO CHANGE?!!
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 3:1-20
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PARALLEL BETWEEN JESUS AND JOHN
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS HERALD IN ACTION
CTS: 4 REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING SALVATION
WHAT DEMONSTRATES THE REALITY OF SALVATION IN MY LIFE?:
I. RECOGNIZING YOUR NEED OF SALVATION (VV. 1-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME PREACHING
o BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS (3)
o JOHN WAS FULFILLING PROPHECIES OF OLD (4-6)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: â€œHE / SHE WILL STRAIGHTEN EVERYTHING OUT.â€
â€¢ APPLICATION: WITHOUT SALVATION, NOTHING STRAIGHTENS OUT
II. EXPERIENCING THE CONVICTION OF GOD (VV. 7-9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN CONFRONTS THE SIN OF GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o â€œYOU BROOD OF VIPERSâ€ - WITHOUT CHRIST, ALL ARE VIPERS (7)
o JOHN CALLS FOR REPENTANCE (8) (ISAIAH 64:6, JEREMIAH 17:9)
o JOHN REVEALS GODâ€™S JUDGMENT TOWARD THOSE WHO REFUSE (9)
â€¢ APPLICATION: ADMIT YOUR SINFUL STATE; CHOOSE TO REPENT
III. ACCEPTING THE WAY OF REPENTANCE (VV. 10-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN PROVIDED EXAMPLES OF REPENTANCE
o CROWDS WERE ASKING, â€œWHAT SHALL WE DO?â€ (10) (ACTS 2:37-38)
o START LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS (11)
o EVEN TAX COLLECTORS AND SOLDIERS CAN REPENT (12-14)
â€¢ APPLICATION: CHOOSE TO TURN FROM SIN; FOLLOW JESUS (JAS 1:22)
IV. LEANING ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (VV. 15-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JOHN POINTED TO ONE GREATER THAN HIMSELF
o CROWDS WERE WONDERING IF JOHN WAS THE CHRIST (15)
o JOHN CLARIFIED, â€œI BAPTIZE WITH WATER.â€ (16A)
o â€œONE MIGHTIER THAN I IS COMINGâ€ (16B) (JOHN 1:28-31)
â–ª â€œI AM UNWORTHY TO UNTIE THE THONG OF HIS SANDALSâ€ (16C)
o HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE (16D)
o ALL MEN WILL BE JUDGED BY HIM (17)
o CHRIST MUST INCREASE, JOHN MUST DECREASE (18-20)
â€¢ APPLICATION: REPENT, BELIEVE, AND BE BAPTIZED (X2)
â€¢ JOHN FULFILLED PROPHECY THROUGH PREACHING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ JOHNâ€™S MESSAGE TO THE JEWS: REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED
â€¢ HIS MESSAGE TO YOU AND ME: REPENT, BELIEVING THE GOSPEL
â€¢ REPENTANCE REQUIRES BELIEF AND FRUITS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
â€¢ REPENTANCE IS ENABLED THROUGH GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT
REFERENCES (page 1)
Isaiah 64:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
Acts 2:37-38 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, â€œMen and brethren, what shall we do?â€
38 Then Peter said to them, â€œRepent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
John 1:28-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 These things were done in Bethabara[a] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, â€œBehold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, â€˜After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.â€™ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.â€
Luke 3:1-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
John the Baptist Preaches
3 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when (A)Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and (B)Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, 2 in the high priesthood of (C)Annas and (D)Caiaphas, (E)the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3 And he came into all (F)the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins; 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
â€œ(G)The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
â€˜Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
â€˜(H)Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be [a]brought low;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
(I)And all [b]flesh will (J)see the salvation of God.â€™â€
7 So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, â€œ(K)You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and (L)do not begin to say [c]to yourselves, â€˜(M)We have Abraham for our father,â€™ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so (N)every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.â€
10 And the crowds were questioning him, saying, â€œ(O)Then what shall we do?â€ 11 And he would answer and say to them, â€œThe man who has two tunics is to (P)share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.â€ 12 And some (Q)tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, â€œTeacher, what shall we do?â€ 13 And he said to them, â€œ[d]Collect no more than what you have been ordered to.â€ 14 Some soldiers were questioning him, saying, â€œAnd what about us, what shall we do?â€ And he said to them, â€œDo not take money from anyone by force, or (R)accuse anyone falsely, and (S)be content with your wages.â€
15 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were [e]wondering in their hearts about John, (T)as to whether he was [f]the Christ, 16 (U)John answered and said to them all, â€œAs for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you [g]with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His (V)winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with (W)unquenchable fire.â€
18 So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people. 19 But when (X)Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of (Y)Herodias, his brotherâ€™s wife, and because of all the wicked things which (Z)Herod had done, 20 Herod also added this to them all: (AA)he locked John up in prison.
a Luke 3:5 Or leveled
b Luke 3:6 Or mankind
c Luke 3:8 Or in
d Luke 3:13 Or Exact
e Luke 3:15 Or reasoning or debating
f Luke 3:15 I.e. the Messiah
g Luke 3:16 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by
end of footnotes
A Luke 3:1 : Matt 27:2
B Luke 3:1 : Matt 14:1
C Luke 3:2 : John 18:13, 24; Acts 4:6
D Luke 3:2 : Matt 26:3
E Luke 3:2 : Luke 3:3-10: Matt 3:1-10; Mark 1:3-5
F Luke 3:3 : Matt 3:5
G Luke 3:4 : Is 40:3
H Luke 3:5 : Is 40:4
I Luke 3:6 : Is 40:5
J Luke 3:6 : Luke 2:30
K Luke 3:7 : Matt 12:34; 23:33
L Luke 3:8 : Luke 5:21; 13:25, 26; 14:9
M Luke 3:8 : John 8:33
N Luke 3:9 : Matt 7:19; Luke 13:6-9
O Luke 3:10 : Luke 3:12, 14; Acts 2:37, 38
P Luke 3:11 : Is 58:7; 1 Tim 6:17, 18; James 2:14-20
Q Luke 3:12 : Luke 7:29
R Luke 3:14 : Ex 20:16; 23:1
S Luke 3:14 : Phil 4:11
T Luke 3:15 : John 1:19f
U Luke 3:16 : Luke 3:16-17: Matt 3:11, 12; Mark 1:7, 8
V Luke 3:17 : Is 30:24
W Luke 3:17 : Mark 9:43, 48
X Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Y Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17
Z Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:1; Luke 3:1
A Luke 3:20 : John 3:24
The Ability to Influence Change
The six sources of influence model is a powerful model for change.
I first learned about the Six Sources of Influence from my Influencer Training.
The Influencer Training is based on the book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.
The more I walk through the model, the more I appreciate it.
One of the main things I like about the model is that itâ€™s easy to remember and itâ€™s easy to whiteboard.
Change Anything with Skill
When I whiteboard the 6 Sources of Influence for people, I simply make a 2-column table. The one column is motivation and the other is ability. I then slice the table into 3 rows: personal, social, and structural.
Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s all it takes to frame out and analyze your worst problems that you want to change.
INTRODUCTION: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: SPECIAL BIRTH
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ISAIAH 7:14, 9:6, & GAL 4:3-5
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:26-38
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS IDENTITY
CTS: 3 REASONS TO BELIEVE JESUS TO BE THE SON OF GOD
WHAT EVIDENCE SUPPORTS JESUS AS THE SON OF GOD?:
I. GOD SENT A MESSAGE TO MAN (VV. 26-29)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AN ANGEL APPEARED TO A YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL
o AN ANGEL WAS SENT BY GOD TO AN UNIMPORTANT TOWN (26)
ï‚§ GABRIEL WAS SENT TO A TEENAGE VIRGIN IN NAZARETH
ï‚§ MARY WAS A DESCENDANT OF KING DAVID (27)
o GABRIEL GREETED MARY:
ï‚§ â€œFAVORED ONEâ€; â€œTHE LORD IS WITH YOUâ€ (28)
o MARY WAS VERY PERPLEXED AND CONFUSED
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO SHARE HIS GOSPEL
II. GOD SPOKE OF JESUSâ€™ COMING BIRTH (VV. 30-35)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GABRIEL MADE GODâ€™S PLAN KNOWN TO MARY
o DO NOT BE AFRAID; YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD (30)
o GODâ€™S PLAN FOR MARY: BEAR A SON & NAME HIM JESUS (31)
o GODâ€™S PLAN FOR HER SON:
1. HE WILL BE GREAT (32A)
2. HE WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF THE MOST HIGH (32B)
3. GOD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF DAVID (32C)
4. HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER (33A)
5. HIS KINGDOM WILL HAVE NO END (33B)
6. THE HOLY CHILD SHALL BE CALLED THE SON OF GOD(35B)
o MARY ASKED, â€œHOW IS THIS POSSIBLE, SINCE I AM A VIRGIN?â€ (34)
o GOD WOULD DO SO THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT (35A) (TRINITY)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GODâ€™S DESIRE IS FOR US TO SHARE HIS GOSPEL
III. GOD SUPPLIED PROOF OF HIS TRUTH (VV. 36-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GABRIEL PROVIDED PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF MIRACLES
o ELIZABETH WAS EXPECTING A CHILD (IMPOSSIBLE) (36)
o NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD (37)
o MARY DECLARED HER WILLINGNESS TO BE USED BY GOD (38)
â€¢ APPLICATION: GODâ€™S GOAL: SHOW PROOF OF HIS SALVATION
REFERENCES (page 1)
Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[a]
Isaiah 9:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Galatians 4:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
â€¢ God has enlisted you to bear the glory of His Son to others
â€¢ God has established His plan of salvation in your heart
â€¢ God has enabled the impossible: your friends and loved ones to be saved
â€¢ God has equipped you to share his salvation plan with others; trust & obey
Luke 1:26-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesusâ€™ Birth Foretold
26 Now in the sixth month the angel (A)Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called (B)Nazareth, 27 to (C)a virgin [a]engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, (D)of the [b]descendants of David; and the virginâ€™s name was [c]Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, â€œGreetings, [d]favored one! The Lord [e]is with you.â€ 29 But she(E)was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
30 The angel said to her, â€œ(F)Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you (G)shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of(H)the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him (I)the throne of His father David; 33 (J)and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, (K)and His kingdom will have no end.â€ 34 Mary said to the angel, â€œHow [f]can this be, since I [g]am a virgin?â€ 35 The angel answered and said to her, â€œ(L)The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (M)the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason (N)the [h]holy Child shall be called (O)the Son of God.
36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and [i]she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For [j](P)nothing will be impossible with God.â€ 38 And Mary said, â€œBehold, the [k]bond slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.â€ And the angel departed from her.
a. Luke 1:27 Or betrothed; i.e. the first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night. More legal than engagement
b. Luke 1:27 Lit house
c. Luke 1:27 Gr Mariam; i.e. Heb Miriam; so throughout Luke
d. Luke 1:28 Or woman richly blessed
e. Luke 1:28 Or be
f. Luke 1:34 Lit will
g. Luke 1:34 Lit know no man
h. Luke 1:35 Lit the holy thing begotten
i. Luke 1:36 Lit this is the sixth month to her who
j. Luke 1:37 Lit not any word
k. Luke 1:38 I.e. female slave
A. Luke 1:26 : Luke 1:19
B. Luke 1:26 : Matt 2:23
C. Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:18
D. Luke 1:27 : Matt 1:16, 20; Luke 2:4
E. Luke 1:29 : Luke 1:12
F. Luke 1:30 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:13
G. Luke 1:31 : Is 7:14; Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 2:21
H. Luke 1:32 : Mark 5:7; Luke 1:35, 76; 6:35; Acts 7:48
I. Luke 1:32 : 2 Sam 7:12, 13, 16; Is 9:7
J. Luke 1:33 : Matt 1:1
K. Luke 1:33 : 2 Sam 7:13, 16; Ps 89:36, 37; Dan 2:44; 7:14, 18, 27; Matt 28:18
INTRODUCTION: RUNNING OF THE BULLS
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:67-80
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE MESSIAHâ€™S HERALD HAS BEEN BORN!!
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: HIS ROLE AS MESSIAH
CTS: 2 TRUTHS POINTING TO JESUS AS GODâ€™S SALVATION PLAN FOR MAN
HOW DOES THE PROPHECY ABOUT JESUS AND JOHN EFFECT MY FAITH?:
I. JESUS IS OUR WAY OF SALVATION (VV. 67-75)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S MESSAGE (X3) ELIZABETH, MARY, ZACHARIAS
o NOTE: FILLING OF GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT - ENTIRE FAMILY & MARY
o ZACHARIASâ€™ MESSAGE:
ï‚§ GOD HAS:
â€¢ VISITED HIS PEOPLE & ACCOMPLISHED REDEMPTION (68)
â€¢ RAISED UP A HORN OF SALVATION FOR US (69) (1 SAM 2:1, 10)
(IMAGERY â€“ DAN 7, REV 12, 13, AND 17)
â€¢ FULFILLING THE TESTIMONY OF HIS PROPHETS (70)
o SALVATION FROM ENEMIES / THOSE WHO HATE US (71)
â€¢ SHOWN MERCY / REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT (72-73)
â€¢ GIVEN US THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING (74A):
o WITHOUT FEAR IN HOLINESS & RIGHTEOUSNESS (74B-75A)
o BEFORE HIM ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES (75B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BE ENCOURAGED: GODâ€™S PEACE IS IN CHRIST (ROM 5:1)
II. JOHN IS OUR EXAMPLE FOR SHARING THE GOSPEL (VV. 76-80)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZACHARIAS SPEAKS OF HIS SONâ€™S ROLE IN SALVATION
o JOHN WOULD:
ï‚§ BE CALLED PROPHET OF THE HIGHEST (76A)
ï‚§ GO BEFORE THE FACE OF THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS (76B)
ï‚§ GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION & FORGIVENESS (77)
ï‚§ HIGHLIGHT THE MERCY OF GOD IN SALVATION (78)
ï‚§ SHINE THE LIGHT OF SALVATION INTO DARKNESS (79A)
ï‚§ PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR THE PATH OF PEACE (79B)
â€¢ JESUS IS GODâ€™S MEANS FOR HIS VISITATION AND REDEMPTION
â€¢ GOD SPECIALIZES IN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: TRUST HIM
â€¢ PEOPLE NEED OUR EXAMPLE AND TESTIMONY OF SALVATION
Running of the Bulls
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Running of the Bulls (in Spanish: encierro, from the verb encerrar, "to corral, to enclose") is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets.
The most famous running of the bulls is held during the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and southern France during the summer.
The origin of this event comes from the need to transport the bulls from the fields outside the city, where they were bred, to the bullring, where they would be killed in the evening. During this 'run', youngsters would jump among them to show off their bravado. In Pamplona and other places, the six bulls in the event are still those that will feature in the afternoon bullfight of the same day.
Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created and stands to this day.
Romans 5:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Samuel 2:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And Hannah prayed and said:
â€œMy heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn[a] is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
1 Samuel 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder against them.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
â€œHe will give strength to His king,
And exalt the horn of His anointed.â€
Luke 1:67-80 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
67 And his father Zacharias (A)was filled with the Holy Spirit, and (B)prophesied, saying:
68 â€œ(C)Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished (D)redemption for His people,
69 And has raised up a (E)horn of salvation for us
In the house of David (F)His servantâ€”
70 (G)As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets (H)from of oldâ€”
71 [a](I)Salvation (J)from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 (K)To show mercy toward our fathers,
(L)And to remember His holy covenant,
73 (M)The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 (N)In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
76 â€œAnd you, child, will be called the (O)prophet of (P)the Most High;
For you will go on (Q)before the Lord to (R)prepare His ways;
77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
[b]By (S)the forgiveness of their sins,
78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which (T)the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
79 (U)To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the (V)way of peace.â€
80 (W)And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
a. Luke 1:71 Or Deliverance
b. Luke 1:77 Or Consisting in
A. Luke 1:67 : Luke 1:41; Acts 2:4, 8; 9:17
B. Luke 1:67 : Joel 2:28
C. Luke 1:68 : 1 Kin 1:48; Ps 41:13; 72:18; 106:48
D. Luke 1:68 : Luke 1:71; 2:38; Heb 9:12
E. Luke 1:69 : 1 Sam 2:1, 10; Ps 18:2; 89:17; 132:17; Ezek 29:21
F. Luke 1:69 : Matt 1:1
G. Luke 1:70 : Rom 1:2
H. Luke 1:70 : Acts 3:21
I. Luke 1:71 : Luke 1:68
J. Luke 1:71 : Ps 106:10
K. Luke 1:72 : Mic 7:20
L. Luke 1:72 : Ps 105:8f, 42; 106:45
M. Luke 1:73 : Gen 22:16ff; Heb 6:13
N. Luke 1:75 : Eph 4:24
O. Luke 1:76 : Matt 11:9
P. Luke 1:76 : Luke 1:32
Q. Luke 1:76 : Mal 3:1; Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27
R. Luke 1:76 : Luke 1:17
S. Luke 1:77 : Jer 31:34; Mark 1:4
T. Luke 1:78 : Mal 4:2; Eph 5:14; 2 Pet 1:19
U. Luke 1:79 : Is 9:2
V. Luke 1:79 : Is 59:8; Matt 4:16
W. Luke 1:80 : Luke 2:40
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: AN ANGEL TOLD MARY OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE
CTS: 3 PIECES OF EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS
HOW CAN WE BE SURE THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS IS TRUE?:
I. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (VV. 39-40)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MARY PHYSICALLY VERIFIED GODâ€™S TRUTH
o MARY HURRIED TO ELIZABETHâ€™S HOME (39-40)
ï‚§ APPROXIMATELY A 40 MILE JOURNEY
II. SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE (VV. 41, 44)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S HOLY SPIRIT GAVE MARY REASSURANCE
o MARYâ€™S VOICE CAUSED ELIZABETHâ€™S BABY TO LEAP (41A, 44)
o ELIZABETH WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT (41B)
III. TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE (VV. 42-45)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ELIZABETH TESTIFIED TO MARYâ€™S MOTHERHOOD
ï‚§ PRONOUNCED BLESSINGS ON MARY (42)
ï‚§ DEMONSTRATED HUMILITY BEFORE MARY (43)
ï‚§ SPOKE OF HER CHILDâ€™S RESPONSE TO MARYâ€™S VOICE (44)
ï‚§ BLESSED IS MARY, BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED GODâ€™S MESSAGE (45)
â€¢ GODâ€™S PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS THE CHURCH
â€¢ GODâ€™S SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS HIS SALVATION
â€¢ GODâ€™S TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE OF HIS TRUTH IS YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Exodus 4:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Then Moses answered and said, â€œBut suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, â€˜The LORD has not appeared to you.â€™â€
2 So the LORD said to him, â€œWhat is that in your hand?â€
He said, â€œA rod.â€
3 And He said, â€œCast it on the ground.â€ So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the LORD said to Moses, â€œReach out your hand and take it by the tailâ€ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 â€œthat they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.â€
6 Furthermore the LORD said to him, â€œNow put your hand in your bosom.â€ And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, â€œPut your hand in your bosom again.â€ So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. 8 â€œThen it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. 9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river[a] and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.â€
10 Then Moses said to the LORD, â€œO my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.â€
11 So the LORD said to him, â€œWho has made manâ€™s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.â€
13 But he said, â€œO my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.â€
Judges 6:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 So Gideon said to God, â€œIf You will save Israel by my hand as You have saidâ€” 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.â€ 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, â€œDo not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.â€ 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
Luke 1:39-45 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 Now [a]at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to (A)the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Maryâ€™s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was (B)filled with the Holy Spirit.42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, â€œBlessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 And [b]how has it happened to me, that the mother of (C)my Lord would come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And (D)blessed is she who [c]believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [d]by the Lord.â€
INTRODUCTION: â€œEXERCISING â€˜GOOD JUDGMENTâ€™â€
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:37-45
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LOVE, DO GOOD, AND LEND . . . BE MERCIFUL
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: JUDGING OTHERS
CTS: 4 PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE IN HONORING GOD WITH YOUR JUDGMENT
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY JUDGMENT?:
I. CAUTION MUST BE EXERCISED (VV. 37-38)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS WARNS AGAINST AN ATTITUDE OF JUDGMENT
o FOUR CAUSE AND EFFECT COMMANDS ARE ISSUED:
â–ª DO NOT JUDGE = YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED (37A)
â–ª DO NOT CONDEMN = YOU WILL NOT BE CONDEMNED (37B)
â–ª PARDON = YOU WILL BE PARDONED (37C) (JAS 1:19-20)
â–ª GIVE = IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU (38A) (MAL 3:8-12)
â€¢ THEY WILL POUR A BOUNTIFUL RETURN INTO YOUR LAP (38B)
Â· APPLICATION: JUDGING HURTS SELF AND OTHERS; BE MERCIFUL
II. CONSIDER YOUR WISDOM TO JUDGE (VV. 39-40)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS HIGHLIGHTS WISDOM IN JUDGMENT
o A BLIND MAN LEADING A BLIND MAN = BOTH IN A PIT (39)
o DISCIPLES ARE ALWAYS LEARNING (IS 55:8-9)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: SOLOMONâ€™S JUDGMENT (1 KINGS 3:16-28)
Â· APPLICATION: APPROACH JUDGMENT WITH CARE; GET THE FACTS
III. CONDUCTING REGULAR SELF-JUDGMENT (VV. 41-42)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS NOTES HOW SELF-JUDGING HELPS OTHERS
o JUDGING SOMEONE WITHOUT EMPATHY = RESISTANCE (GAL 6:1-2)
o TRANSPARENCY WILL ENABLE YOU TO ASSIST OTHERS (42)
Â· APPLICATION: APPROACH ANY JUDGMENT THROUGH HUMILITY
IV. CONVICTION TO EXERCISE JUDGMENT GODâ€™S WAY (VV. 43-45)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ADDRESSES THE ROOT OF ALL BEHAVIOR
o TREES DO NOT BARE FOREIGN FRUIT (43-44)
o FRUIT FOR JUDGMENT BEGINS WITH THE HEART (45) (JER 17:9-10)
Â· APPLICATION: SEEK GODâ€™S ADJUSTMENT FOR YOUR HEART; GO
Â· JESUS EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR CARE IN JUDGING OTHERS
Â· BECOMING A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST CAN STIMULATE SELF-PRIDE
Â· HUMILITY IN CHRIST ENABLES DISCIPLES TO EXERCISE TLC
Â· GOD IS THE JUDGE OF ALL; LET HIM USE YOU TO HEAL OTHERS
REFERENCES (page 1)
James 1:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
Qualities Needed in Trials
19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Malachi 3:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
â€œWill a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
â€˜In what way have we robbed You?â€™
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,â€
Says the Lord of hosts,
â€œIf I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
â€œAnd I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,â€
Says the Lord of hosts;
â€œAnd all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,â€
Says the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 â€œFor My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,â€ says the Lord.
9 â€œFor as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Galatians 6:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
Bear and Share the Burdens
6 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one anotherâ€™s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
10 I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
Luke 6:37-45 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
37 â€œ(A)Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; [a](B)pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will [b]pour (C)into your lap a (D)good measureâ€”pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.â€
39 And He also spoke a parable to them: â€œ(E)A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 (F)A [c]pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will [d]be like his teacher.
41 Why do you look at the speck that is in your brotherâ€™s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, â€˜Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,â€™ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brotherâ€™s eye.
43 (G)For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, [e]on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. 44 (H)For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. 45 (I)The good man out of the good [f]treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; (J)for his mouth speaks from [g]that which fills his heart.
A Luke 6:37 : Luke 6:37-42: Matt 7:1-5
B Luke 6:37 : Matt 6:14; Luke 23:16; Acts 3:13
C Luke 6:38 : Mark 4:24
D Luke 6:38 : Ps 79:12; Is 65:6, 7; Jer 32:18
E Luke 6:39 : Matt 15:14
F Luke 6:40 : Matt 10:24; John 13:16; 15:20
G Luke 6:43 : Luke 6:43-44: Matt 7:16, 18, 20
H Luke 6:44 : Matt 7:16; 12:33
I Luke 6:45 : Matt 12:35
J Luke 6:45 : Matt 12:34
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 8:26-39
INTRODUCTION: â€œTHE INVISIBLE WARâ€ (THOUGHTS FROM CHIP INGRAM)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE POWER OF JESUS OVER NATURE
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: POWER OVER DEMONS
CTS: NO EVIL CAN STAND AGAINST THOSE WHO BELONG TO GOD
I. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY? (VV. 26-29)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOUNTERED A MAN WITH DEMONS
o JESUS & HIS DISCIPLES LANDED IN A GENTILE LAND (26)
o THE MAN WAS BEING TERRORIZED WITH DEMONS (27, 29B)
â–ª 1 TIM 4:1-2; JAS 4:8; 1 PET 5:6-10
o SEEING JESUS, HE CRIED OUT & FELL AT HIS FEET (28 - 29A)
o DO YOU FEAR EVIL? NEWS REPORT ON FLORIDA SWIMMERS
Â· APPLICATION: DO NOT HANDLE EVIL ON YOUR OWN; GO TO JESUS
II. HOW DID JESUS DEAL WITH EVIL ACTIVITY (VV. 30-33)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS CONFRONTED THE EVIL
o JESUS ASKED THE DEMON FOR ITS NAME (30A)
o DEMONâ€™S RESPONSE: LEGION (6,000 IN ROMAN ARMY) (30B)
o THE DEMON BEGGED JESUS NOT TO JUDGE (31)
o JESUS ALLOWED THE DEMON TO ENTER SWINE (32 - 33)
Â· APPLICATION: JESUS POSSESSES THE POWER OVER ALL EVIL
III. HOW DO MOST PEOPLE RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 34-37)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE LOCAL PEOPLE WERE AFRAID; GO AWAY!!
o WORD TRAVELED ALL AROUND: A MAN CHANGED; PIGS DEAD (34)
o PEOPLE CAME TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED (35-36)
o THEY ASKED JESUS TO LEAVE; THEY FEARED HIM; HE OBEYED (37)
Â· APPLICATION: WE MUST ACCEPT THAT MOST WILL NOT BELIEVE
IV. HOW SHOULD BELIEVERS RESPOND TO JESUS? (VV. 38-39)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE CHANGED MAN SOUGHT JESUS
o THE MAN WHO HAD BEEN CHANGED PURSUED JESUS (38)
o JESUS SENT HIM HOME TO BE A WITNESS FOR CHRIST (39)
Â· APPLICATION: YOU BELONG TO JESUS; TELL YOUR WORLD ABOUT HIM
Â· WE ARE CONFRONTED BY EVIL EVERY DAY; IT BEGINS WITHIN
Â· ANY MAN CAN AND IS TEMPTED BY EVIL; DONâ€™T BE!
Â· EVIL IS DONE! CHRIST HAS WON! TRUST IN HIM! YOU WILL WIN!
REMEMBER THIS: DELIVERANCE THROUGH EVIL: ONLY IN CHRIST!â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
The Invisible War By Chip Ingram (Thoughts from Intro)
The Bible clearly teaches us that Satan is on a mission to destroy Godâ€™s people. And the problem is, Satan doesnâ€™t telegraph his temptations and schemes. Instead, heâ€™s very secretive as he attempts to lead Christians down a delicate, subtle, gradual path of deception.
C. S. Lewis wrote, â€œIndeed, the safest road to hell is the gradual one â€” the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turns, without milestones, without signposts.â€
Satan wants to get an unnoticeable foothold in our lives by triggering relational conflicts; weighing us down with fear, anxiety, depression, or insecurity; increasing our selfishness; tempting us with escape mechanisms such as rugs and alcohol; and seducing us through the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and boastful pride of life.â€
Ingram goes on to relate that we are in an invisible war, and must give proper respect to what God has to say about the war. Let me ask you a few questions. Are you aware that there is an invisible war going on in and around you today? Do you laugh in the face of evil? Are you terrorized by Satanâ€™s efforts to destroy you? Listen to what Godâ€™s Word has to say about His ability to address your fears and the evil attacks against you.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Great Apostasy
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
James 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 Peter 5:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[b] the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Luke 8:26-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Demoniac Cured
26 (A)Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs. 28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, â€œ[a](B)What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of (C)the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.â€ 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, â€œWhat is your name?â€ And he said, â€œ(D)Legionâ€; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into (E)the abyss.32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter [b]the swine. And He gave them permission. 33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into (F)the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country. 35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down (G)at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened. 36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was (H)demon-possessed had been [c]made well. 37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
38 (I)But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might [d]accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, 39 â€œReturn to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.â€ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
a Luke 8:28 Lit What to me and to you (a Heb idiom)
b Luke 8:32 Lit them
c Luke 8:36 Or saved
d Luke 8:38 Lit be with
A Luke 8:26 : Luke 8:26-37: Matt 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-17
B Luke 8:28 : Matt 8:29
C Luke 8:28 : Mark 5:7
D Luke 8:30 : Matt 26:53
E Luke 8:31 : Rom 10:7; Rev 9:1f, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3
F Luke 8:33 : Luke 5:1f; 8:22
G Luke 8:35 : Luke 10:39
H Luke 8:36 : Matt 4:24
I Luke 8:38 : Luke 8:38-39: Mark 5:18-20
INTRODUCTION: â€œJESUSâ€ BY CHRIS TOMLIN
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 6:12-19
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: EVIDENCE IS GROWING: JESUS IS GODâ€™S SON
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: PRAYER / POWER
CTS: 2 STEPS THAT LEAD TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE IN CHRIST
WHAT WILL ENABLE ME TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY FOR GOD?:
I. A LIFE OF PRAYER (VV. 12-16)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS SOUGHT HIS FATHERâ€™S WISDOM FOR DECISIONS
o AFTER ATTACKS BY UNBELIEVERS, JESUS WENT TO PRAY (12A)
o NOTE: HIS PRAYER WAS ALL NIGHT LONG (12B)
o AFTER PRAYING, JESUS CHOSE HIS DISCIPLES / APOSTLES (13-16)
o OBSERVATIONS OF WHO IS CALLED:
â–ª PETER - DENIED CHRIST THREE TIMES
â–ª JAMES AND JOHN (SONS OF THUNDER) - FIRE FROM HEAVEN
â–ª THOMAS - DOUBTING
â–ª ALL OF THE APOSTLES (EXCEPT JOHN AND PETER) FLED AT THE ARREST OF JESUS
â–ª YOU - HE CALLS ALL WHO WILL HEAR AND OBEY
Â· ILLUSTRATION: PRAYER CHANGES THINGS (PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7)
Â· APPLICATION: PROVE YOUR TRUST IN GOD: PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
II. A LIFE OF POWER (VV. 17-19)
Â· EXPLANATION: GOD WORKED THROUGH HIS SON TO TOUCH MANY
o AS JESUS CAME FROM THE MOUNTAIN, MANY GATHERED TO HEAR HIM TEACH (17-18A)
o MANY CAME FOR HEALING OF SICKNESS & DEMONIC POSSESSION (18B)
o MANY WERE ATTEMPTING TO TOUCH JESUS; POWER CAME FROM HIM (19)
Â· ILLUSTRATION: THE PAIN OF POWER OUTAGES (WINTER IN NE)
o JOHN 15:4-5 - â€œWITHOUT JESUS, WE CAN DO NOTHINGâ€
Â· APPLICATION: STRIVE TO WALK CLOSER WITH GOD; THEREâ€™S POWER
Â· JESUS DEPENDED ON HIS FATHER FOR WISDOM AND POWER.
Â· SEEK GODâ€™S POWER THROUGH PRAYER; GOD WILL ANSWER.
REFERENCES (page 1)
Philippians 4:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 15:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 â€œI am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
Luke 6:12-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Choosing the Twelve
12 It was [a]at this time that He went off to (A)the mountain to (B)pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, (C)He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as (D)apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; and [b]James and John; and Philip and Bartholomew; 15 and (E)Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 Jesus (F)came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was (G)a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of (H)Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. 19 And all the [c]people were trying to (I)touch Him, for (J)power was coming from Him and healing them all.
a Luke 6:12 Lit in these days
b Luke 6:14 Or Jacob, also vv 15 and 16
c Luke 6:19 Lit crowd
A Luke 6:12 : Matt 5:1
B Luke 6:12 : Matt 14:23; Luke 5:16; 9:18, 28
C Luke 6:13 : Luke 6:13-16: Matt 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Acts 1:13
D Luke 6:13 : Mark 6:30
E Luke 6:15 : Matt 9:9
F Luke 6:17 : Luke 6:12
G Luke 6:17 : Matt 4:25; Mark 3:7, 8
H Luke 6:17 : Matt 11:21
I Luke 6:19 : Matt 9:21; 14:36; Mark 3:10
J Luke 6:19 : Luke 5:17
INTRODUCTION: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (MATTHEW 19:23-26)
SCRIPTURE: LUKE 1:5-25
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LUKE PRESENTING A HISTORICAL BIO OF JESUS
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: PREPARING FOR HIM
CTS: 3 STEPS GOD TOOK TO PREPARE THE WORLD FOR JESUS.
HOW CAN YOU PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS?:
I. BELIEVE GOD CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE (VV. 5-17)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD WAS PREPARING FOR HIS SONâ€™S ARRIVAL
o ZACHARIAS & ELIZABETH: RIGHTEOUS, YET BARREN (5-7)
o GOD ARRANGED A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ZACHARIAS (8-17)
ï‚§ GOD ARRANGED FOR A SPECIAL MEETING (8-10)
ï‚§ AN ANGEL APPEARED TO ZACHARIAS (11-12)
ï‚§ A SPECIAL MESSAGE GIVEN: YOU WILL BE EXPECTING (13)
ï‚§ HIS SON, JOHN, WOULD BRING JOY TO MANY (14-15)
ï‚§ MANY WOULD REPENT IN RESPONSE TO JOHNâ€™S MESSAGE (16)
ï‚§ HE WOULD MAKE THE PEOPLE READY FOR JESUS (17)
II. RESIST DOUBTING WHAT GOD CAN DO (VV. 18-23)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZACHARIAS QUESTIONED THE MESSAGE
o HE AND ELIZABETH WERE BEYOND CHILD BEARING YEARS (18)
o GABRIEL REASSURED ZACHARIAS & ADMONISHED HIM (19-20)
o THE CROWD KNEW SOMETHING SPECIAL HAD HAPPENED (21-22)
o WHEN ZACHARIASâ€™ MINISTRY WAS COMPLETE, HE WENT HOME (23)
III. TRUST GOD TO FOLLOW THROUGH (VV. 24-25)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO
o ELIZABETH BECAME PREGNANT (24)
o ELIZABETH NO LONGER GRIEVED OVER BEING BARREN (25)
â€¢ GOD DID THE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS
â€¢ AS WE TRUST GOD, HE WILL ENABLE US TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE
â€¢ AS WE SERVE GOD, HE WILL USE US TO PREPARE OTHERS FOR JESUS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 1:5-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 (A)In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named [a]Zacharias, of the (B)division of [b]Abijah; and he had a wife [c]from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both (C)righteous in the sight of God, walking (D)blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in [d]years.
8 Now it happened that while (E)he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot (F)to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer (G)outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And (H)an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and (I)fear [e]gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, â€œ(J)Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and (K)you will [f]give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will (L)drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit [g]while yet in his motherâ€™s womb. 16 And he will (M)turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 It is he who will (N)go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of (O)Elijah, (P)TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to (Q)make ready a people prepared for the Lord.â€
18 Zacharias said to the angel, â€œHow will I know this for certain? For (R)I am an old man and my wife is advanced in [h]years.â€ 19 The angel answered and said to him, â€œI am (S)Gabriel, who [i](T)stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.â€
21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he (U)kept [j]making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she [k]kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 â€œThis is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to (V)take away my disgrace among men.â€
a. Luke 1:5 I.e. Zechariah
b. Luke 1:5 Gr Abia
c. Luke 1:5 I.e. of priestly descent
d. Luke 1:7 Lit days
e. Luke 1:12 Or fell upon
f. Luke 1:13 Lit call his name
g. Luke 1:15 Lit from
h. Luke 1:18 Lit days
i. Luke 1:19 Lit stand beside
j. Luke 1:22 Or beckoning to or nodding to
k. Luke 1:24 Lit was hidden
A. Luke 1:5 : Matt 2:1
B. Luke 1:5 : 1 Chr 24:10
C. Luke 1:6 : Gen 7:1; Acts 2:25; 8:21
D. Luke 1:6 : Phil 2:15; 3:6; 1 Thess 3:13
E. Luke 1:8 : 1 Chr 24:19; 2 Chr 8:14; 31:2
F. Luke 1:9 : Ex 30:7f
G. Luke 1:10 : Lev 16:17
H. Luke 1:11 : Luke 2:9; Acts 5:19
I. Luke 1:12 : Luke 2:9
J. Luke 1:13 : Matt 14:27; Luke 1:30
K. Luke 1:13 : Luke 1:60, 63
L. Luke 1:15 : Num 6:3; Judg 13:4; Matt 11:18; Luke 7:33
M. Luke 1:16 : Matt 3:2, 6; Luke 3:3
N. Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76
O. Luke 1:17 : Matt 11:14
P. Luke 1:17 : Mal 4:6
Q. Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76
R. Luke 1:18 : Gen 17:17
S. Luke 1:19 : Dan 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:26
T. Luke 1:19 : Matt 18:10
U. Luke 1:22 : Luke 1:62
V. Luke 1:25 : Gen 30:23; Is 4:1; 25:8
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUSâ€™ MIGHTY WORKS; TIME TO PASS IT ON
TITLE OF MESSAGE: INVESTIGATING JESUS: SENDING MISSIONARIES
CTS: 6 THOUGHTS ABOUT SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS
HOW DOES GOD USE ME IN SHARING THE GOSPEL?:
I. RESPONDING TO HIS CALL AND PROVISION (VS. 1)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS DISCIPLES OR SERVICE
o JESUS CALLED THE DISCIPLES TO HIMSELF (1A)
â–ª APP - YOU AND I HAVE BEEN CALLED THROUGH SALVATION
o JESUS GAVE POWER OVER ALL DEMONS & TO HEAL DISEASES (1B)
â–ª GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND I THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT
Â· ILLUSTRATION: DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
Â· APPLICATION: ACKNOWLEDGE GODâ€™S CALL & LEAD IN YOUR LIFE
II. ENGAGING IN WHAT GOD IS DOING (VS. 2)
Â· EXPLANATION: AFTER EQUIPPING, JESUS SENDS DISCIPLES OUT
o JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES OUT TO PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM (2A)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE COMMANDED TO SHARE ABOUT JESUS
o JESUS ADDRESSED THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF HIS AUDIENCE (2B)
â–ª YOU AND I ARE CALLED TO MEET NEEDS, AS WE SHARE
â–ª BRIDGE TO SALVATION: MEETING NEEDS / RELATIONSHIPS
Â· APPLICATION: PRAYERFULLY GET INVOLVED IN HIS WORK
III. PROVIDING FOR GODâ€™S WORK (VS. 3)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS HIGHLIGHTS THE FRUIT OF THE MISSION
o JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES NOT TO PLAN FOR PROVISION (3)
â–ª GOD OFTEN USES OUR PROVISION TO OPEN EARS
o IMPLICATION: THOSE WHO RECEIVE WOULD MEET THEIR NEEDS
â–ª GOD USES THOSE HE SAVES TO PROVIDE FOR MINISTRY
Â· APPLICATION: ALLOW GOD TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR WORK
IV. OPERATING WITHOUT RESPECT TO LODGING (VS. 4)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS ENCOURAGES A STABLE OPERATIONAL BASE
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO STAY AT THE HOUSE THAT RECEIVED (3)
â–ª LET US NOT BE PREFERENTIAL WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª LET US SOCIALLY LOWER OURSELVES TO LIFT OTHERS UP
o IMPLICATION: RELATIONSHIPS / CENTRAL LOCATION FOR GOSPEL
Â· APPLICATION: DEDICATE TIME TO THOSE WHO LISTEN
V. RELEASING UNBELIEVERS TO GOD (VS. 5)
Â· EXPLANATION: JESUS JUDGES THOSE WHO WONâ€™T LISTEN
o THE DISCIPLES WERE TO LEAVE THOSE WHO WOULD NOT LISTEN
â–ª LET US NOT HARASS OTHERS WITH THE GOSPEL
â–ª JESUS COULD NOT DO MUCH IN HIS HOME TOWN - MARK 6:1-5
Â· APPLICATION: THOSE WHO REJECT YOU ARE REJECTING JESUS
VI. TAKING GODâ€™S GREAT COMMISSION SERIOUS (VS. 6, 10)
Â· EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES, WITHOUT QUESTION, OBEYED JESUS
o THE DISCIPLES OBEYED JESUS, ABLE TO DO THE APPOINTED WORK
â–ª JESUS ENABLES OUR ABILITY TO COMPLETE HIS WORK
o THE DISCIPLES GAVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR ALL THEY HAD DONE
Â· APPLICATION: PRAY FOR GODâ€™S LEADING; HE WILL EMPOWER YOU
Â· JESUS HAS ENTRUSTED HIS WORK TO HIS FOLLOWERS
Â· AS YOU PURSUE HIS POWER, HE WILL GIVE COURAGE TO SHARE
Â· A SINCERE HEART TO PLEASE GOD WILL BE USED TO TELL THE GOSPEL
REMEMBER THIS: GOD WORKS THROUGH US TO BRING OTHERS TO HIS KINGDOM.â€ƒ
REFERENCES (page 1)
New International Greek Testament Commentary
In the previous main section the emphasis has been largely on the ministry of Jesus among the people, in the course of which he taught them and performed mighty works which demonstrated his divine power and compassion. Throughout this period the Twelve are to be thought of as accompanying Jesus and observing what he said and did. But from now onwards the emphasis falls increasingly upon the relationship of Jesus to the disciples and the teaching which he gave to them through which they were to come to some understanding of his person and work; his revelation to them was not fully understood at this stage, but its significance would become apparent to them later when he had been openly identified by God as Lord and Christ through the resurrection (cf. Acts 2:36).
DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP 101
A friend once shared with me an idea that resonates with serving our Lord in ministry. He stated that part of our purpose, when entrusted with a leadership role is to train up others to potentially fill our role in our absence. His maxim is as follows: invite those seeking leadership to watch what you are doing, as you serve. Then, have the individual(s) assist you with the work of service you are conducting. Next, you have them do the service while you observe. Finally, you give them the privilege to lead, while you redirect your attention to developing other leaders.
Luke 9:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Ministry of the Twelve
9 (A)And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
2 And He sent them out to (B)proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
3 And He said to them, â€œ(C)Take nothing for your journey, (D)neither a staff, nor a [a]bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have [b]two tunics apiece.
4 Whatever house you enter, stay there [c]until you leave that city.
5 And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, (E)shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.â€
6 Departing, they began going [d]throughout the villages, (F)preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
a Luke 9:3 Or knapsack or beggarâ€™s bag
b Luke 9:3 Or inner garments
c Luke 9:4 Lit and leave from there
d Luke 9:6 Or from village to village
A Luke 9:1 : Matt 10:5; Mark 6:7
B Luke 9:2 : Matt 10:7
C Luke 9:3 : Luke 9:3-5: Matt 10:9-15; Mark 6:8-11; Luke 10:4-12; 22:35