Learning from Luke: It Still Works!

Learning from Luke: It Still Works! Sermon Audio Here


Luke 4:16-24

I’ve been in India for the last two weeks, working with India Community Fellowship. (The following information is taken from their training, but any misspellings are purely my own fault.) I could spend hours telling you about our adventures, but instead, let me draw your attention to one crucial fact:

Jesus Is Still Doing This Work Today

Jao means GO
Luke 4:18vs 18 – He has sent me

  • We went and went and went — Pastor Phillip had us on the go for most of the time we were there!

Sunao means PREACH
Luke 4:18vs 18 – anointed me to preach

  • I preached three Sunday sermons, two for believers, and one for an evangelistic meeting.

Banao means MAKE DISCIPLES
Luke 4:18vs 18 – proclaim freedom for the prisoners

  • The majority of the ministry that Jami and I did was discipleship. I taught 1 & 2 Timothy line by line, verse by verse in 9 sessions, each lasting about 90 minutes. I worked with 12 church planters who minister in North and central India.
  • Jami worked with the women, some from the local village, and some from central India.
  • We did two joint sessions, one on youth ministry, and one on worship and drama.

Dubao means BAPTIZE
Luke 4:18vs 18 – recovery of sight to the blind

  • I had the awesome opportunity to baptize 3 people on the local river. We had to go to an out of the way spot because of the very real threat of persecution. And yes, the river was mountain snow fed, and quite cold. They shut their eyes to the cold water, and when they came up, they saw the world in a whole new way as a baptized believer.

Sikhao means TEACH
Luke 4:18vs 18 – To release the oppressed

  • Finally, on our last day, we were able to go to an I.C.F. development center, where neighborhood children are tutored for free as a way of making relational connections within the Muslim community. Jami told a story to the little ones, and I spoke to the older children about the importance of continued study as a means of personal growth.

God is still doing his work here as well. We lift one another on prayer, encourage growth through study, and share our lives with our surrounding world in fellowship.

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