Luke 2018

Sunday Morning Service

Luke 9:43-62

Sunday Morning Third Service • January 20, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh

"Jesus, knowing the time for His death was near, wanted to teach His disciples—to prepare them. Having just received this terrible news, the true heart of the disciples is revealed—they are selfish to the core. You see, most of us are only interested in one thing: what’s in it for me? Whatever was going on behind the scenes, I know it broke Jesus’ heart, thus another action sermon is on the way."

Luke 9:26-43

Sunday Morning Third Service • January 6, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh

"A voice came from the cloud, saying, 'This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.' This really is the only advice we ever need. Listen to Jesus… Moses, of course, represents the law. Elijah the prophets. Jesus said the law and the prophets testified of Him. That means that in the message of Jesus we have the sum total of everything the OT said! We need no other message—JUST JESUS."

Luke 9:18-25

Sunday Morning First Service • December 30, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

Verse 18 says: Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?" Our story today opens the way many of our days should—in prayer. Jesus is not taking a public opinion poll here, nor is He insecure and wondering what people think about Him. He is asking this question with a purpose in mind—He wants His disciples to be sure of His true identity because they have to know when He asks them to pick up their crosses for Him."

Luke 9:1-17

Sunday Morning Second Service • December 16, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"Here’s something I promise you: if you will be faithful to venture out and share your faith everywhere you go, you will find that miraculous power is occasionally available to you! Don’t be afraid to ask people on the streets what they need to see from God to believe! I never hesitate to ask if people need to be healed. There is nothing more wonderful than those rare—very rare—occasions when God allows you to do something miraculous."

Luke 8:40-56

Sunday Morning First Service • December 9, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"This is something I feel very strongly God wants us all to hear this morning. Hope— we need hope! Not hope in circumstances, our spouses, our marriages getting better or our bodies being healed. Our hope needs to be in Jesus! Alone. We need to take Him at His word and expect God to move on our behalf. Far too many of us have given up hope; we’ve stopped believing—really believing—that Jesus would restore us."

Luke 8:26-39

Sunday Morning First Service • December 2, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"Demon-possession is very much in existence today. Not so much in a country like ours where access to Christianity is relatively free, but in other countries where occult practices are normal, demon possession is abundant; I have encountered demons. I don’t want to do so again though it is likely I will. It is perhaps the saddest condition that any of us will ever encounter. The only intent demons have is to kill (as we will see with Jesus’ action-illustration). The only hope for demon-possessed people is Jesus Christ."

Luke 8:16-25

Sunday Morning Third Service • November 25, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"One of the reasons people don’t like reading their Bible is because God’s Word reveals things hidden in our hearts. And when those secrets are revealed, we are forced to make some choices."

Luke 8:1-15

Sunday Morning Second Service • November 18, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"A word about parables—these may be very difficult for us to understand because they are cultural illustrations. They would be easier for us to understand if Jesus used sports or movie illustrations. But for the culture Jesus lived in—an agricultural society—these would be very rich in meaning and the people listening to them would understand the message clearly. I want you to think of each parable as a mystery with clues given to help us understand. Jesus considers understanding the parables so important that He will give us the interpretation of this foundation parable Himself."

Luke 7:36-50

Sunday Morning Second Service • November 11, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"Do you hold on to those sweet fragrances from times when you were close, so close to Jesus? Are those sweet times of intimacy fresh in your mind today as you hear this story? I hope/pray so. You see, the closer we get to Him, the more intimacy we have with Him, the sweeter our walk for Him is."

Luke 7:24-35

Sunday Morning First Service • November 4, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"John was not a man whose ministry was shaped by popular opinion. Instead, his ministry was formed by God and he remained faithful to God! We need a lot more Johns today! We need men and women who will not allow trends or contemporary thought to alter our ministries! John was not seeker-sensitive; he cared nothing about whether or not he made people comfortable or whether or not they attended church. He declared the uncompromising word of God no matter what it would cost—and we know it cost him his life."

Luke 7:11-23

Sunday Morning Second Service • October 28, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"There’s an important spiritual picture here for us to recognize. There is, you see, two crowds in our story today. And each of us finds ourselves in one of those crowds…"

Luke 7:1-10

Sunday Morning Second Service • October 21, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"This man is about to be commended for, and rewarded by his faith. Please hear this: faith always begins with an understanding of who God is and who we are. He understood something that even the Jewish elders speaking for him did not understand— the same thing many of us don’t understand today—that none of us deserve anything from God! It’s just the other way around— God deserves everything we are, everything we’ve got. But we deserve judgment. This man knew the truth about Jesus and about himself ."

Luke 6:43-49

Sunday Morning Second Service • October 14, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"We have to be honest with ourselves if we are going to take beams out of our eyes today. We have to be able to look into our hearts and, when ugly stuff comes from our mouths, we have to admit that the ugliness is inside us! Then we have to deal with it according to righteousness—that is, if we are really good fruit trees and not bad."

Luke 6:36-42

Sunday Morning First Service • October 7, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"Do you want mercy? Do you dislike being judged by others? Do you want to be forgiven rather than being condemned? Of course you do… Jesus tells us how to insure that we receive all these things. All we have to do is treat other people in the same way we want to be treated and these things will happen for us! This is NOT about eternal judgment. This passage deals with being judged in this life. Obviously, as most of you know, this is one of those verses every unbeliever already knows."

Luke 6:27-35

Sunday Morning First Service • September 30, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh

"We all want the best for ourselves spiritually. Jesus wants the very best spiritually for everyone! Thus, if we are to be like Him, our heart would be that everyone receives the Lord’s best! It sounds so simple yet our hearts can get so hard. If we want credit from God (grace), shouldn’t we be eager to give grace to others? Even those who despise us? This the heart-changing message Jesus has for those who are willing to hear. In this case, His (true) disciples."