The Gospel According to Luke
End Times Questions
February 10, 2019 • Pastor Larry
In conversations about the “End Times” we often ask the wrong questions and give confusing answers. Better to ask the right question and give a clear answer. That will only happen if we begin by listening to Jesus and addressing the question he asked.
Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers
February 3, 2019 • Pastor Ashley
As Jesus nears Jerusalem for the final time, He encounters ten lepers who cry out to Him for mercy. Jesus grants that mercy, and they are cleansed. The only one of the cleansed men who returns to thank Jesus is a Samaritan, someone who was not typically considered to be one of God’s people.
The Duty of Jesus Followers
January 27, 2019 • Pastor Ashley
As Jesus nears Jerusalem for the final time, Jesus speaks about the duty that is expected of His servants. They will be a people who confront sin and forgive others. They will also be empowered through faith in a way that defies explanation. However, this unusual way of living – confronting sin and forgiving others – isn’t considered exemplary. It is simply what is expected of His servants.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
January 20, 2019 • Pastor Ashley
Jesus made a practice of confronting the way people view and use money. This led Him to confront the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, on numerous occasions. One of these confrontations is recorded in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, which we will look at today.
The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
January 13, 2019 • Joel Stamoolis
Although Jesus concludes this parable with a simple directive and then explains the reasoning behind his directive, Christians often find this parable and the accompanying directive perplexing. Our goal this morning is to slow down and listen carefully to the words of Jesus, that we may hear him well and obey.
The Gospel of Repentance
December 16, 2018 • Larry Kroon
At the heart of the gospel is the call to repentance. At the heart of the call to repentance is the heart of God. Our goal today is to hear God’s heart in the words of Jesus, and to hear it in such a way that we will ever hear the call to repentance for the glorious good news that it is.
Count the Cost
December 9, 2018 • Larry Kroon
The demands of Christian discipleship are absolute and unavoidable. If you are going to say, “yes,” to Jesus you must, in a very real way, say, “no,” to everyone and everything else. No person and no possession can be of more value or importance to you than Jesus. Short of this “all in” commitment, you cannot be a disciple of Jesus. You do not make that sort of commitment without first sitting down and counting the cost. We will be doing that today.
The Narrow Door to the Kingdom of God
November 25, 2018 • Ashley Brown
As Jesus nears Jerusalem for the final time, and the crowds swell around Him, Jesus proclaims what the Kingdom of God is like. Entry to the Kingdom of God will be different than many around Jesus expect. Many who expect to be there will not be, even though people will be brought in from all corners of the world.
Freedom in the Kingdom of God
November 18, 2018 • Ashley Brown
As Jesus nears Jerusalem for the final time, and the crowds swell around Him, Jesus proclaims what the Kingdom of God is like. Today we will see that, in the Kingdom of God, people in bondage are set free. And this freedom-producing Kingdom will continue to spread throughout the world.
Repentance and Readiness
November 11, 2018 • Larry Kroon
As Jesus neared the end of his final journey to Jerusalem, crowds increased and reactions intensified. In the press of those final months, two themes repeatedly emerged in his teaching: repentance and readiness. Both of these themes are grounded in the reality that after his death Jesus would rise from the dead and will one day return to judge and rule over all. Today we hear these themes as he taught them.
November 4, 2018 • Larry Kroon
Covetousness is the greedy desire for more that never knows the freedom, peace, and joy of simply saying, “I have enough.” Sometimes it is driven by a sense of injustice. Other times is fueled by an ever expanding appetite for pleasure. Often it is the harried press of worry that keeps us grasping for more. Whatever the type of greed there is only one way to deal with it: listen to Jesus. This will be our goal today.
October 28, 2018 • Larry Kroon
Luke 11:37-12:12. Two dramatically different scenes. One central concern. Hypocrisy. It is a horrible and contagious sin that seldom looks awful initially and is rarely spread knowingly – even when it is at epidemic levels. It is the Ebola virus of the soul, and there is really only one way to deal with it: listen to Jesus.
Healthy Eyes and Bad Eyes
October 21, 2018 • Larry Kroon
As Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem for the last time, the crowds grew and the reactions intensified as people who had only heard about him now actually saw him in action. Some marveled, others declared him demonic, and still others pressed him for a sign “from heaven”. He addressed the varied responses, and then he spoke about eyes that let light in and eyes that keep light out. Three proverbial sayings with one application: Be Careful!
The Kingdom Has Come
October 14, 2018 • Ashley Brown
As Jesus heads toward Jerusalem and His crucifixion, the cosmic battle between Him and the spiritual forces of evil are coming to a head. In the midst of this conflict, Jesus continually demonstrates His power over Satan’s demonic forces. Jesus points to His power as proof that the Kingdom of God has come, and the rule and power of Satan is being broken in Jesus’ ministry.