There's a theme of the human heart throughout the Gospel of Luke - whether it is softened towards Jesus or hardened towards him. The stories of Luke chapter 11 look closer at how the Lord is involved in our affections towards Christ.
The Heart of the Spirit Versus the Heart of the Flesh
October 17, 2021 • Jay Thomas • Luke 11:14–54
January 16, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 15
As we saw last week, following Jesus is the narrow pathway. It requires carrying a cross and renouncing our life. But, the King is worth it. He is the King who offers us Sonship, the inheritance the kingdom, and most importantly, His love. In Luke 15 Jesus rebukes but also encourages us with three parables of something lost, something found, and great rejoicing. This gospel is so countercultural and so beautiful!
The Burden of Following Jesus
January 9, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 14:25–35
We begin the year in Luke 14:25-35 with Jesus taking the mic and telling a big crowd, and us, what it really means to follow the Savior. Real discipleship is a burden! Welcome to 2022! But, if you want joy and peace and truth, then this real discipleship is what we have to accept. This is the real discipleship of renouncing our lives so that Christ can be formed in us.
A Table for the Rest of Us
January 2, 2022 • Mark Hampton • Luke 14:12–24
In this passage, Luke’s Gospel continues to display the upside-down nature of the Kingdom of God and how it affects our lives now. Just as the Kingdom promotes radical hospitality, unbarred by social structures of this world, so too should the Christian’s hospitality extend outwards, inviting all to come to the table, to feast, and to join the family of God.