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Luke 19:45-20:8

Who has the right to tell us how to worship?

November 10, 2019 • Brian Jones

Luke 19:45-20:8 (NIV) 19:45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 19:46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 19:47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 10:48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. 20:1 One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. 20:2 “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” 20:3 He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: 20:4 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?” 20:5 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 20:6 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” 20:7 So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.” 20:8 Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

Luke 21:1-4

How Does God Measure Generosity? • December 8, 2019 • Brian Jones

Luke 21:1-4 (NIV) 1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Luke 20:45-47

How to Protect Yourself from Spiritual Predators • December 8, 2019 • Brian Jones

Luke 20:41-47 (NIV) 41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? 42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” 45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Luke 20:27-40

Can Stupid Questions Make Us Miss Important Truth? • December 1, 2019 • Brian Jones

Luke 20:27-40 (NIV) 27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” 34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” 39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.