Aug. 4, 2019 – Uncalculated Generosity

Scripture: Luke 6:27-38

Summary: Some aspects of Christianity are radical. Jesus told His disciples they may face poverty, hunger, grief, being hated and rejected all because they follow Him. Jesus asks His followers to do what goes against our natural, self-centered inclination. He told disciples to love the unworthy, to do good to those who hate you, to not seek revenge and pray for people who mistreat you. Disciples think more of the rights of others than their own. They have an ongoing attitude of giving and loving. Disciples don’t have a critical, dismissive view of people’s failures, rather they are under-standing and compassionate. Disciples overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

July 28, 2019 “The Great Reversal”

Scripture: Luke 6:17-26

Summary: Right after Jesus selected His 12 disciples, He gave them a very frank talk about what it means to be a disciple. Disciples may face poverty, hunger, tears, hatred and rejection, but in time they will be rewarded, (Luke 6:23, 2 Corinthians 4:16-17). Jesus isn’t shy about promising rewards for faithful service. Whatever Jesus asks us to do, even when it’s hard, it’s for our own good. Stay faithful. An eternal glory, a great reward awaits all Christ’s faithful disciples.

July 21, 2019 “The Priority of Helping”

Scripture: Luke 6:1-16

Sermon Summary: In just one page, Dr. Luke talked about: 1. How the new is sometimes incompatible with the old. Jesus brings new revelation and new insights to the New Testament.   2. In the context of the Jewish Sabbath, human need takes priority over strictly following rules. 3. Solitude and prayer were foundational to Jesus’ life. 4. Jesus is the glue and bond that unites a diverse group of followers. Circling back to #2, human need was always a priority for Jesus. Showing mercy, doing good, and loving people is near and dear to the heart of Christ, and I hope compassion is near and dear to your heart as well.  

July 14, 2019 “How is Your Bedside Manner?”

Scripture: Luke 5:27-39

Summary: Of all the people in Palestine in Jesus/ day, tax collectors were the most hated. Yet, Jesus invited the tax collector Matthew to be among his closest followers. Jesus’ rationale was that sick people (sinners) need a doctor to get well. Jesus loved and accepted Matthew, and all people who had a negative label, (Matthew 11:19). Furthermore, Jesus wanted sick people to become well, he wanted sinners to repent and turn toward spiritual health. May we follow Jesus’ example and have a good, loving, gracious bedside manner toward the sick.

 

July 7, 2019 “Who is Jesus Really?”

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:12-26

Sermon Summary: Who is Jesus? Most Americans believe He was a historical person, and everything else is debatable. Dr. Luke tells us who Jesus is. He’s an authoritative teacher, an expert on life. Jesus has authority to heal and cast out demons, He has the power to command. Jesus can cure the incurable in an instant. And Jesus has the legitimate authority of God to forgive sins. Who is Jesus to you? Is He God? Does it make a difference in how you live your life?

June 23, 2019 “The Meaning of Following Jesus”

Sermon Summary: Jesus produced a miraculously huge catch of fish, Peter sees the hand of God in that, and he wants Jesus to go away from him because of his sinfulness. Rather than go away, Jesus wants Peter to come closer. Jesus has plans for people who are sensitive to their sin and humble about it. Our sins don’t push Jesus away, but what we do next is critical. Imperfect Peter (James and John too) left everything, followed Jesus, and fished for people. Jesus became their #1 priority, and they habitually tried to attract others to Jesus.

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11

June 16, 2019 “A Typical Day for Jesus”

Sermon Summary:

 A Typical Day for Jesus

     A typical day for Jesus included; 1. Teaching, 2. Casting out demons, and            3. Healing. The thread that runs between all three is authority. Jesus didn’t need to support His teaching with another authority, He was His own authority. Jesus is an expert on life! And, Jesus had authority to cast out demons and heal on the spot.

     Jesus started a typical day (Luke 4:42) with solitude and prayer. He spent time alone with His heavenly Father before the demands of ministry.

     Have you given Jesus authority over every area of your life? That’s what God’s kingdom, His reign, is all about.

Scripture Reading: Luke 4:31-44