What is your purpose in this life? If you're a Christian, why have you been saved? Jesus answers this question as He gathers His first disciples. He gives His call for radical self-denial. True disciples are to pick up the mantle of Jesus' mission and follow Him. Jesus is unbelievably clear that true disciples cannot still be defined by the former life, but must be defined by the holy mission of building the kingdom.
December 15, 2019 • Matt Miller • Luke 5:1-11
The Parable of the Brats
May 9, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus gives a parable to describe the difference between those who believe and those who reject Him in self-righteousness. It is a helpful illustration describing what is taking place in the heart of those who rejected Jesus in His generation. However, the parable is still applicable in our day. Those who reject Christ are like childish brats who refuse Jesus because He does not offer what they want on their own terms.
How To Be Great
May 2, 2021 • Matt Miller
Jesus turns His attention toward the crowd and confronts them with the questions of Who He is. He wants to induce a response within them. There is a mixed crowd and therefore mixed reaction. The passage reveals there are only two types of people in the world-- those who will be great because they accept Jesus as the Christ, and those who will not because they reject Jesus as the Christ. Luke pens this record to confront us with the same question-- Who is Jesus? Our answer will determine our greatness in the age to come.
Why We Doubt
April 18, 2021 • Matt Miller
Luke reintroduces us to John the Baptist who is now in prison. John hears the report of Jesus, but wonders if Jesus is the Messiah. This is a shockingly different attitude from the confident John we see in chapter 3. It is a section in which we see a genuine believer begin to doubt, but also what he does to remedy that doubt. There are important lessons for the Christian, but it's also another passage clearly revealing the truthfulness of Jesus' identity-- that He is God's true Messiah of salvation!