Luke, a doctor and a frequent companion of Paul’s during his missionary journeys, wrote his Gospel so that there might be certainty about the things taught about Jesus (Luke 1:4). he was not an eyewitness to the life of Jesus in the way that Matthew or John were, but he did his research well and he wrote a wonderful, orderly account (1:3) based on the testimony of eyewitnesses to Jesus (1:2).
In Luke 9:51 we read, “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” This line marks a turning point in Luke’s Gospel. Before 9:51, Luke tells of Jesus’ earthly ministry in and around the region of Galilee. He tells of the days when Jesus was a one-man Care Center healing lepers, casting out demons, raising the dead, and forgiving sinners. During this time of ministry, Jesus’ mission was one of bearing the burdens of those whose burdens were too great to bear on their own. He was proclaiming the Gospel to a people who were in many ways without hope.
This series on Luke will focus on this first section of Luke (chapters 1-9:50). In it we will see the compassion of Jesus for the weak, the poor, and the outcasts of society. We will see how Jesus lived out the reality of His Gospel by dying to himself for the sake of others, long before He would literally lay down His life so that they might live. In this study, we will come to see the grace of Christ in our own lives, as He is willing and able to bear all of our burdens. I hope we will also see that we too are called to live out the Gospel by bearing one another’s burdens, willingly dying to ourselves for the sake of those whose poverty, weakness, circumstances, and sin are too great to bear on their own.
- The Apostles Don’t Get It June 26, 2011 The apostles try to stop a man from doing the very things Jesus was teaching about? Really?
- God’s Chosen One June 19, 2011 In this passage, God makes it perfectly clear that Jesus is the one…his chosen one.
- Ready to Lose Your Life? June 12, 2011 Not an easy question to answer. But Jesus told his diciples, “whovever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” So…are you ready to lose your life?
- The Sent Ones June 5, 2011 Two loaves of bread…five fish…five thousand hungry people. Jesus showed his diciples how the power of God could take such a meager meal and satiate so many people.
- Healed by Grace Through Faith May 29, 2011 Jesus shows us the power of faith in this passage as he heals a woman and Jairus’s daughter.
- A Storm, the Legion, and a Fearful Crowd May 22, 2011 We are all faced with “storms” in our lives. It could be a challenge at work, a mountain of bills, or a relationship that just doesn’t work. When the disciples were faced with a literal storm, Jesus calmed the storm as he will in our lives if we just keep the faith.
- Those Who Truly Hear May 15, 2011 In this lesson, Jesus tells the parable of a man sowing seeds. He ends this parable with the words, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” When we hear God’s word, does it just go in one ear and out the other? Or do we receive it with joy?
- Forgiven of Much May 8, 2011 No matter how great our sins are, they will be forgiven. In this lesson, a woman who has committed many sins asks forgiveness of Jesus. It is her faith that Jesus will cleanse her of her sins that prompts Jesus to respond, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
- Blessed Are Those Not Offended May 1, 2011 In this lesson, Jesus responds to the messengers of John the Baptist…”Go and tell John what you have seen and hear: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is ...
- He Touched Death April 24, 2011 In this sermon, we learn about the compassion of Christ. No matter how great your burden, you should know that Jesus has the power to restore you.
- Unprecedented Faith April 17, 2011 Are you worthy of Jesus? This lesson teaches us what the power of unprecendendted faith can do for us.
- Log-Eyes, Thornbushes, and Sandy Foundations April 10, 2011 It might sound like a strange title, but this sermon reflects on three familiar parables that Jesus used…from taking the log out of your own eye before taking the speck out of someone elses eye…to building your house on a rock.
- Love Your Enemies April 3, 2011 In this lesson, we are reminded to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
- Blessings and Woes March 27, 2011 In this passage, Jesus decends the mountain to a level plain with his newly appointed apostles, and delivers four blessings to the multitude awaiting him. He also delivers four woes.
- Sabbath Issues March 20, 2011 What on earth are you to do if you’re hungry, and you’re walking through a field of grain on a Sunday? In case you’ve ever wondered, this sermon will help ease your troubled mind. The text for this sermon comes from Luke 6:1-11. . . .
- Look Who’s Coming For Dinner March 13, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 5:27-39.
- Paralysis of the Soul March 6, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 5:17-26.
- He Will…Be Clean February 27, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 5:12-16.
- Fishers of Men February 13, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 5:1-11.
- The Word of His Power February 6, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 4:31-44.
- Not A Hometown Hero January 30, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 4:14-30.
- Wilderness Survival 101 January 23, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 4:1-13.
- Of Adam and God January 16, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 3:21-38.
- Prepare Ye The Way January 9, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 3:1-20.
- In My Father’s House January 2, 2011 This sermon is based on Luke 2:41-52.
- Awaiting The Redemption December 26, 2010 This sermon is based on Luke 2:21-40.
- Prophet of the Most High December 19, 2010 This sermon is based on Luke 1:57-80.