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 who could not bear them on their own. He was proclaiming the Gospel to a people who were in many ways without hope.
Beginning in Luke 9:51 there is a greater emphasis on the sayings and parables of Jesus’ teaching ministry. As he journeyed towards Jerusalem, and the death that awaited him there, Jesus explained to his followers that the journey of discipleship will not always be easy. The miracles he had performed were temporary manifestations of his power but there was also the reality of suffering that awaited him and all who would follow him. The way of the Son of Man is such that only those who are truly faithful will persevere. In light of this emphasis, Jesus had some head on conflicts with the Pharisees and their scribes. These men had prospered themselves with their own brand of righteousness that was an albatross around the necks of so many people. They looked good on the outside and yet they did not have hearts after God’s own heart. They sought to serve themselves ultimately. This is not the way of Christ and it is not the way of those who follow him.
In this series on the second section of Luke we will look to understand more and more our own journey of discipleship by studying Christ’s journey to Jerusalem, and ultimately the cross.
- The Absence of Peace July 8, 2012 This last sermon in “The Discipleship Journey” is based on Luke 19:41-44.
- Jerusalem At Last July 1, 2012 In Luke 19:28-40, we learn that Jesus is in control. He is working out all things for your good.
- Don’t Waste Your Life June 24, 2012 In Luke 19:11-27, we learn that if we are faithful with what the Lord has given us here on earth, we will be rewarded in Heaven.
- Zacchaeus, A Sinner Forgiven June 17, 2012 The story of Zacchaeus is found in Luke 19:1-10. The grace of Jesus is seen in this story and we learn that if someone like Zacchaeus can be saved, we can all be saved by His boundless grace.
- Sight for the Blind June 10, 2012 This sermon is based on Luke 18:35-43.
- God’s Truth Revealed June 3, 2012 What is important to you? Is Christ on your list – or is He the whole list? This sermon is based on Luke 18:28-34.
- The Rich Young Ruler May 27, 2012 In Luke 18:18-30, we are reminded to put our faith, our hope, and our trust in Christ and leave everything else behind to follow Him.
- God Be Merciful To Me May 20, 2012 Righteousness…It feels so good to be right! Is God righteous based on my righteousness, or am I righteous based on God’s righteousness? This sermon is based on Luke 18:9-17.
- God Will Give Justice May 13, 2012 In Luke 18:1-8, we learn that our hope must be built on the blood of Christ, and our persistent prayer must be motivated by his second coming and the justice he will bring.
- The Days of the Son of Man May 6, 2012 In Luke 17:20-37, we are reminded that many people will be caught off guard when Jesus returns. Will you be one of them? Are you living expectantly for the coming of Christ? Moment to moment in our thoughts and our activities?
- The Thankful Leper April 29, 2012 In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus heals ten lepers but only one praises God for it. True salvation breaks forth with true praise.
- Temptations, Forgiveness, Faith and Duty April 22, 2012 In Luke 17:1-10, we are called to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers in Christ. Do not be the one to cause temptation in the life of another through false teaching or false living.
- He Is Risen, Are You Convinced? April 15, 2012 In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus reminds us that if we put other things before God, we must be willing to suffer the consequenses.
- The Law and Life in the Kingdom April 1, 2012 Our hearts are made for worship, but works of righteousness do not save us…the blood of Christ is our only saving grace. This sermon is based on Luke 16:10-18.
- The Dishonest Manager March 25, 2012 In the parable of the dishonest manager (Luke 16:1-13), we learn that we are managers of God’s wealth. Do you serve God, or do you serve material things and money?
- The Prodigal Son March 18, 2012 In response to the Pharisees’ grumbling at Jesus’ reception of sinners, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son which can be found in Luke 15:11-32.
- Lost and Found March 12, 2012 In Luke 15:1-10, we learn that the lost soul does not find the Savior…the Savior seeks and finds the lost soul and restores them.
- Count the Cost of Following Christ March 4, 2012 Jesus makes a steep demand of his disciples to love him and choose him above all others – even themselves – if they follow him. This sermon is based on Luke 14:25-35.
- Table Etiquette and the Kingdom February 26, 2012 Where do you sit at the table of life? Jesus begins to reshape social conventions to reflect our faith in every situation and service to the poorest and lowliest of God’s people. Open your heart to those who cannot give back, and humble yourself for the grace of the Lord. This sermon is based on ...
- A Sabbath Healing (Part 2) February 5, 2012 In attempting to trap Jesus on the Sabbath, the Pharisees get caught in their own legalism. Jesus shows them that we are called to the heart of the Sabbath, to delight and rejoice in the Lord, not to turn our backs on those who need Him desperately. This sermon is based on Luke 14:1-6.
- O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! January 29, 2012 In Luke 13:31-35, Jesus declares his intent to finish his work in Jerusalem, not to be deterred by Herod or any other man. In the second part of this verse, Jesus laments the waywardness of Jerusalem.
- The Narrow Door January 22, 2012 Could someone really be shut out of heaven? In Luke 13:22-30, we learn that there is only a “narrow door” leading into the kingdom of God and not everyone will make it through.
- The Kingdom of God January 15, 2012 In Luke 13:18-21 Jesus gives the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven to help us see the subtle beginning of the kingdom of God that leads to its glorious fulfillment.
- A Sabbath Healing (Part 1) January 9, 2012 In this lesson, we hear the story of Jesus healing a woman who had been disabled for 18 years on the Sabbath. This sermon is based on Luke 13:10-17.
- The Necessity of Repentance January 1, 2012 The parable of the man and the fig tree and the other stories in this lesson remind us to repent or perish. This sermon is based on Luke 13:1-9.
- Knowing the Time November 21, 2011 In this passage Jesus speaks of the fire of the gospel that He came to cast upon the earth. It is a fire that once spread will bring peace between believers and God through the blood of the cross but it will bring division between the same believers and those who reject the gospel. ...
- Be A Ready Servant November 13, 2011 In this lesson, we are told to “stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.” Are you a ready servant of ...
- The Wisdom of Faith in the Father November 6, 2011 In this lesson, Jesus tells his disciples not to be anxious about the little things in life…”for life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” For the full scripture, please read Luke 12:22-34.
- The Folly of Faith in Earthly Wealth October 30, 2011 In this lesson, we learn that “…one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” To learn more, read Luke 12:13-21.
- Well-Placed Fear October 23, 2011 We all have things that we fear. You might fear spiders, an abusive spouse, someone in a radical militant group…What we should really fear is God. There is nothing that another person can do to you that is worse than what God can do if you do not follow him.
- Beware The Facade of Faith October 16, 2011 Are you as much of a Christian on the inside as you are on the outside? Do you turn on your Christian face when you get to church and turn it off as you’re driving home?
- Lessons In Response October 9, 2011 In the Book of Luke, Christ raises the challenge for us to have faith in Him. We are either for Him, or we are against Him. In the four vignettes in this passage (Luke 11:24-36) Christ suggests the responses (good or bad) that we might have in Him.
- Lines of Demarcation October 2, 2011 There are two kingdoms, and we are all part of one or the other.
- When You Pray September 25, 2011 How do you pray? Whether you devote hours a day to prayer, or just manage to say a prayer as you’re dashing about, Jesus gives us an outline for structuring our prayers.
- The Good Portion September 18, 2011 Are you distracted from sitting at the feet of Christ by the world around you?
- A Good Neighbor September 11, 2011 The lesson of the good Samaritan may be familiar. We all know we should love our families, our friends and our neighbors. But Jesus teaches that we should love our enemies as well.
- A Blessed Revelation September 4, 2011 Don’t get excited about what you can do…even what you do in the name of the Lord. Be excited about what God has already done.
- The Sent Ones: Part 2 August 28, 2011 In this passage, Jesus sends out 72 followers to spread the word. He tells them that the harvest is plentiful, but that he is sending them out like lambs among wolves. Go Team!
- The Cost of Following Jesus August 21, 2011 Following Jesus may be simple, but it isn’t easy.
- His Face Was Set August 14, 2011 The Discipleship Journey begins with Jesus and his disciples setting out for Jerusalem.