Crucified, Dead, and Buried
May 15, 2022 • Roddy Dinsmore • Luke 23:26–56
The crucifixion of Jesus is the gravitational center of history. Everything revolves around it. This week we will enter into the story of the crucifixion as we are reminded of the significance and necessity of it in God's story.
The Healed Garden
May 1, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 22:39–71
There is something to a beautiful garden, isn't there? The foliage, flowers, the scents, colours...a beautiful garden does something to our souls. It is not coincidental. God created us for the perfect garden life. That is where the story began in Genesis. That is where the story will start anew, when Jesus returns. And in the middle, in our passage in fact, there is a Garden. This Garden is a difficult Garden. It is dark. It is brutal. And yet, it is filled with glory and hope. In this Garden, of Gethsemane, Jesus will be and do everything the first gardener did not, so that the fallen first garden would be restored back to being Good. And, even better, because of Jesus's faithfulness in this garden, we are now invited back to Eden.
Disloyalty, Loyalty, & Preparation
April 24, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 22:1–38
The Gospel IS NOT our loyalty to Jesus. It will entail that, but that is not the content and baseline of the Gospel itself. The Gospel is the historical facts, theological truths, and story of God's loyalty to us in and through Jesus. Our passage focuses us on the disloyalty of unbelieving Israel contrasted with perfect loyalty of Jesus to us as he prepares His disciples (and us) through the Passover/Loyalty Meal and all that it entails, even giving us some insight on why it is that some people end up following Jesus to the end, while others betray him...HINT: it is not about us. It is about Jesus's grace.
In the Storm Until the End
April 10, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 21:5–38
We need to think about the End Times accurately but also...we just need to think about them. The End Times is a forgotten theme for a lot of American Christians as we have had our attention grabbed by the immediate and probably because we do not have room in our emotions or our theologies for the really big Biblical truth that this earth will pass away. Jesus is going to teach us in the Olivet Discourse that this world, even the good things like the temple, will pass away, lots of heavy and hard things are going to happen, not least persecution for disciples, but that the glorious end is coming with Jesus's return, to judge but also, to save and to begin the glorious forever kingdom.
All I Have Faith
April 3, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 20:27–47, Luke 21:1–4
As Jesus gets closer to the cross, he is now making it clear who He is and what it means to follow him as the Crucified King. Our passage is a trial before the trial. In this trial, Jesus will pronounce the verdict on hard-hearted Israel, He will show his true identity from the OT, and then He will give us a powerful example of what it means to follow Him by means of the actions of a poor widow at the temple (a lot like Anna).
Authority to Judge... and Save
March 27, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 20:1–26
Our world has become disillusioned with the very notion of authority. Many argue today that authority is either tantamount or at least constantly flirting with abuse. In our passage this week, Luke 20:1-26, when questioned about authority, Jesus actually defends it. But, He will go onto reveal it by his sacrificial and loving death of the cross - and we learn that true authority is power but also weakness, instruction but also comfort. We see gospel authority in this last section in Luke. Let me say, I think that is the key that leads us back to re-allusionment with healthy human authority as well, which we very much need - to be under and to utilize ourselves, for the glory of Christ.
March 20, 2022 • Jay Thomas, Ryan McKee • Luke 19:28–48
This Sunday we look at the passage often referred to as the triumphal entry. It’s a bit mistimed with Palm Sunday this year but that’s OK. It’s an amazing passage. And it’s going to make us fall more deeply in love with Jesus. I want you to focus on three things. He wept over Jerusalem. He cleansed the temple. And then he remained in the temple and returned it to what its purposes was: worship and prayer. That is what he does with the ultimate temple, his people both corporately and individually.
Just Whom Do We Follow?
March 13, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 19:1–27
Whom do we follow? Christianity is discipleship and discipleship is following. So, who is it, exactly, that we follow after? Luke wraps up the journey to Jerusalem by retelling an important story, about a short guy, and a parable, in order to sum up who Jesus is. The man we follow, according to Luke's orderly account, is the Savior and Judge of the world. Those two titles are the essential ingredients of knowing who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him.
What Do You Want from Jesus?
March 6, 2022 • Malcolm Pettigrew • Luke 18:31–43
In this passage, Jesus reminds his disciples for the third time in Luke that he's about to go and die (in a very particular way) in Jerusalem. Not only that, but that after three days being dead, he will rise again! For Luke, that's not just an incredible fact. It's the turning point of history, and it demands your answer to the questions: How will you relate to Jesus? What do you want from him?
Pilgrim's Progress In Luke
February 13, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 18:9–30
I love the book Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. If you have not read it, pause and order one from Amazon right now. If you are a parent, there are versions in modern english if Old English is a bear for you. OK, in this book, Bunyan uses an allegory to teach about the journey of the Christian life. It works so well to this day despite being written in the 1600s. In our passage, Jesus shows us the vanity and glory of certain locations on the way to the Celestial City. There are three locations and three places to be keenly aware of to either avoid or journey towards as we follow our Savior.
Lose Your Life to Find It
February 6, 2022 • Rick Hove • Luke 17:20–37, Luke 18:1–8
In the middle part of Luke's gospel (chapters 9-19) Jesus presents many lessons regarding what it means to follow him: "You can't serve God and money" (16:13). "You should always pray and not lose heart "(18:1). And "You must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (12:40). Son of Man? Coming? What does this have to do with following Jesus? Find out this week.
How Not To Be a Pharisee
January 30, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 17:1–19
Legalism is the enemy of discipleship. It is as if the Pharisees, who represent the self-salvation life, are there to stop any hint of following Jesus. There are clear beliefs and behaviors of the Pharisees that result from their legalism. Jesus sometimes directly rebukes them. Sometimes Jesus uses a parable to confront them. And sometimes Jesus turns to his disciples and teaches them how NOT to be like Pharisees. Jesus' point is not to simply teach us to be right, but that we might see and hear and feel who Jesus is - He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Seeing Jesus as the Savior and Lord of grace is nothing less than life. That is why legalism is so lethal. It numbs us to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Please pray that Jesus heals as His Word teaches.
God, Money, and Our Hearts
January 23, 2022 • Jay Thomas • Luke 16
Uh oh - we are going to talk about money! But hold on, you should come. Jesus brings it up, not Pastor Jay. So, Jay's just following Jesus ;-) Seriously, the next chapter in Luke is all about money. Yes, there are some very hard and convicting things Jesus is going to say, but if we trust him and follow him in taking up crosses and renouncing self when it comes to money (which is about power, comfort, choice, safety, and security), I promise you that you will actually find those things… in Jesus and the life he provides through His Lordship. What a beautiful truth - Jesus is Lord and money is not.
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!