The Gospel According to Luke
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.
The Lord's Prayer
October 7, 2018 • Ashley Brown
Throughout the Gospel according to Luke we read of Jesus praying. At times it is in the midst of a large crowd. At other times it is in the seclusion of night on a mountain top. Regardless, one thing Luke wants us to understand is that Jesus was a man of prayer, so it should not surprise us that Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray as well. Today we will study Jesus’ lesson on prayer.
The Good Samaritan
September 30, 2018 • Ashley Brown
God calls us to love Him with all of our being and to love our neighbors as ourselves. But what does it mean to love our neighbor? Who is our neighbor? To answer these questions, Jesus told a story about a man who encountered someone in need. This story - The Good Samaritan - challenges the ways we seek to justify ourselves and points us to the true and better Good Samaritan: Jesus.
Announcing the Kingdom
September 23, 2018 • Larry Kroon
In and through the person of Jesus, God’s King, the Kingdom of God approached the towns and villages along the road to Jerusalem. It was dark territory long held captive in Satan’s cosmic rebellion against God’s rule. Seventy-two messengers were sent ahead into the darkness to announce the Kings approach. Luke 10 is their story.
September 16, 2018 • Larry Kroon
In Christian discipleship, direction is set by Jesus. He leads. We follow. Periodically we need be reminded of that basic reality – clearly and firmly. Luke chapter nine was one of those basic reminder moments for the first disciples. In the reading of it, we are brought back to the simple reality that following Jesus means following Jesus.
Continuing the Story
September 9, 2018 • Larry Kroon
Today we resume our extended sermon series in the Gospel of Luke with a return to God's confirming declaration and commanding directive with respect to his Son as found in Luke 9:35. We do so with the prayer that as we continue on through the Gospel of Luke, the Word of God and the Spirit of God would shape our hearts around the reality of the Son of God.
The Voice of God Concerning Jesus
April 8, 2018 • Larry Kroon
As we have progressed through the Gospel of Luke one question has risen above all others. “Who is Jesus?” The crowds had their many and varied opinions. In all the confusion the disciples had eventually arrived at the right conclusion – but did not yet understand where it led. In confirmation, God spoke to the question – directly and personally with both a concise answer and a clear command.