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Out of the Ordinary: Gone To Seed

Out of the Ordinary: Gone To Seed

Luke 8:4-15

This is a pretty familiar parable. Lots of teaching available on it; significant challenge to “come up with something new” when preaching it. But sometimes, I’ve got to let go of the desire to be “innovative” and just look at the facts: Jesus still challenges us to go deeper than the surface. That’s actually the whole POINT of this parable…

What’s Below The Surface?

The Story ~ Luke 8:4-8

.This is where Jesus tells the parable itself. Listen to it again.

The Substance ~ Luke 8:9-15

  • 9/10 how many hear, but don’t LISTEN?
  • 11/12 this seed is good, but not planted
  • 13 this seed is planted, but only surface depth
  • 14 this seed is deep enough, but in competition for resources
  • 15 this seed: planted, rooted, nourished, and maintained to harvest reproduces itself many fold (average corn kernel return is 800%!)

The Significance

All The Seed Is Good (100% germination rate)

CLOSE: The seed doesn’t bear fruit without the soil. The soil doesn’t produce fruit without the seed. What this is describing is the MERGER of the Word and US:

Romans 6:5-7~ 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

James 1:21~ 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

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Out of the Ordinary: Offense or Defense?

Out of the Ordinary: Offense or Defense?

Luke 11:14-23

A famous Methodist evangelist named Peter Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, “Old rough and ready,” came to Cartwright’s church, the elders warned the Pastor not to offend the President. In those days, the President had great power to influence a denomination for good or bad. Content, that their Pastor would not say anything to discredit their church, the elders retired to the back of the sanctuary.

When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, “I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: “Andrew Jackson will go to hell if doesn’t repent of his sin!” The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright’s boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public, they wondered.

After the service, everyone wondered how the President would respond to Cartwright. When Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, “Sir, If I had a regiment of men like you, I could conquer the world!”

The States Of Spiritual Warfare

Confrontation ~ Luke 11:14-16

  • 14 here, Jesus confronts a demon, driving it out
  • 15 instead of rejoicing, people accuse Jesus of **evil** the world is NOT on God’s side, and they’ll even accuse the Godly of being against God
  • 16 why are they testing Jesus? Who’s the authority? When our worldview is challenged, we don’t appreciate it: who are YOU to say that to me???

Confusion ~ Luke 11:17-20

  • 17 infighting is unstable
  • 18 WHY would the devil ever drive out the devil? This is an nonsensical accusation, and Jesus calls them out on it:
  • 19 if confronting evil is EVIL, then what is it when your own side does it?
  • 20 if confronting evil is GOOD, then why refuse to recognize that Jesus is God among you?

Conclusion ~ Luke 11:21-23

  • 21/22 make no mistake: we’re at war with the kingdom of darkness cf. Colossians 1:13 “God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
  • 23 which side are you on? Not Lord’s side versus the Devil, but offense or defense? cf. Isaiah 5:20

Matthew 16:18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The only weapon the Devil has is the LIE. If the Adversary can get your eyes off of Jesus, and onto anything else, you’re on the defensive, and being pushed further into the darkness all the time.

The only way to combat a lie is with THE TRUTH. It’s time for us to go on the OFFENSE – and make no mistake, the truth often is **offensive** to those who would rather live with a treasured lie.

The JV Team: Dr. Details – Luke

The JV Team: Dr. Details – Luke Sermon Audio Here

Luke 1:1-4

We spent 30 weeks going through the Gospel of Luke, looking at details that were noticed. But did we notice Luke himself? What example does Luke the person set for us today?

By Looking at Luke, We Learn

A Different Perspective about God
A Gentile view of a Gentle Savior

  • 1) Gentile who came to faith by Paul’s preaching (not raised in faith)
  • 2) Doesn’t mention himself by name; does use WE to indicate his own experiences
  • 3) writes from a Gentile standpoint; the only writer in the New Testament to do so – and specifically wrote them to persuade people of Jesus’ identity as the Son of Man, the chosen one of God.
  • Luke describes Jesus as the ultimate human: warm, compassionate, able to meet people’s needs through both miraculous works and mundane presence.

Indicators About God’s Work
Luke 1:1-4 why focus on details?

  • v1 they point to God’s promises as FULFILLED
  • v2 God’s promises are HANDED DOWN (intentionally passed on)
  • v3a God’s work should be RELIABLY INVESTIGATED
  • v3b God’s work should be CLEARLY SHARED
  • v4 God’s work can be CAREFULLY VERIFIED

Luke’s perspective noticed details to God’s glory; how does your view of God shape your role in God’s Kingdom?

Learning from Luke: Road Trip

Please note: this is the LAST in the series through the Gospel of Luke this year. I’ll be taking a week off while I’m at our NACCC Annual Meeting, and then we’ll have a new series based on little-known characters in Scripture: The JV Team.
Learning from Luke: Road Trip Sermon Audio Here

Luke 24:13-27

Last Sunday, there was yet another terrorist attack on US soil; how do we cope so that we can help?

Challenges in Unexpected Stress

Get Confused by Circumstances
Luke 24:13-18 – our responses can be bewildered by events

  • v13/14 Bewildered Response: mourning and confused
  • v15/16 BR: we often don’t recognize Jesus among us
  • v17/18 BR: downcast face=very little hope when we don’t see God at work

Know Content, But Forget Context
Luke 24:19-24 – our view can become limited by stress

  • v19 Limited View: a powerful prophet; truth: Living Word
  • v20/21 LV: possible Messiah; truth: Redeeming Lord
  • v22/24 LV: missing person; truth: Risen and Glorified

Choose to Center in the Circumstances
Luke 24:25-27 – to remind ourselves of God’s role in it all

  • v25 trust God’s word
  • v26 remember God’s reasons
  • v27 search the Scriptures

God’s role is to rule; our role is to cooperate with His reign in our lives.

Learning from Luke: A Criminal Response

Learning from Luke: A Criminal Response Sermon Audio Here

Luke 23:32-43

It’s been said that the definition of a criminal depends on what side of the law you’re on. There are blue-collar criminals who steal from individuals… and there are white-collar criminal corporations who steal from entire societies. But what is a criminal response?

To Spot a Criminal Response, Look For:

Innocence out of Place
Luke 23:32-35

Demands out of Line
Luke 23:36-39

Holy Out Of the Profane
Luke 23:40-43 <= this is Jesus’ response to the criminal

  • v40/41 the actual criminal noticed that Jesus did nothing wrong; he sees the difference between the holy and the profane
  • v42 we join with the criminal in his request: remember me
  • v43 Jesus’ response: I will

Remember the mountain where Jesus was crucified? (cf. Isa. 25:6-10a) God answered the criminal – all of us – by keeping His promise. Paradise is still accessible; all we need to is ask on His terms.

Learning from Luke: Talk At The Table

Learning from Luke: Talk At The Table Sermon Audio Here

Luke 22:14-23
During a Passover Seder, the youngest child asks an opening question: Why is this night different from all the other nights? Today, we’ll ask much the same thing: why is this meal different from all other meals? In other words, what’s really going on when we celebrate the Last Supper?

Living the Meaning of the Last Supper

Time to Remember
Luke 22:14-16

  • v14 Passover meal context: a time of remembrance of God’s deliverance (anything more is probably stretching it)
  • v15 Jesus’ desire is to be with His friends
  • v16 the meaning of the Supper: Jesus desires fellowship with us through remembering God’s deliverance

Take On the Relationship
Luke 22:17-20

  • v17/18 Share with thanksgiving what you’ve been given
  • v19 ponder as you remember; what does this mean?
  • v20 recognize the new way: new covenant, new way of doing things (cf. Isaiah 42:8-10)
  • New Life Lived by Relationship, not Rules

Resign or Restore
Luke 22:21-23

  • v21 before we abuse Judas, think of Peter: we’ve betrayed Him, too; the difference? Peter sought restoration; Judas gave himself up to his sin
  • v22 Jesus is the Sacrifice for ALL; if we deny this sacrifice for us, we are stuck in our woe

v23: A good question even today: am I seeking restoration from God, or resignation to sin?

Learning from Luke: What Should We Watch?

Learning from Luke: What Should We Watch? Sermon Audio Here

Luke 21:29-38

Are we preparing for Jesus’ second coming? How do we know when He’ll arrive? In Bible college (during the early 80’s), we were sure He would arrive just around 2000 AD. In 1992, I read a pamphlet that said He’d arrive during 2006. Harold Camping set up his whole ministry with the idea that Jesus would arrive on May 21, 2011 (and then again on October 21st when He didn’t show up in May). If we’re supposed to be aware of the signs of His coming, what should we watch?

Every Christian Concerned About The End Times Should

Prepare With A Parable
Luke 21:29-33

  • v29 fig trees are common; Jesus asks us to LOOK AROUND US
  • v30 we don’t need prophets or gurus to give us secret knowledge; SEE FOR YOURSELVES
  • v31 WHEN YOU SEE YOU KNOW God is at work; nothing like it!
  • v32 Promise 1: God’s people will not pass away
  • v33 Promise 2: Jesus’ words will not pass away (God’s people, based on God’s word, will endure forever)

Be Aware of the Warning
Luke 21:34-38

  • v34 BE CAREFUL; we are easily distracted
  • v35 remember: THAT DAY will come for everyone
  • v36 1) BE ON THE WATCH;
    • 2) PRAY TO ESCAPE (the trials that occurred in 70AD);
    • 3) PRAY TO STAND BEFORE CHRIST (Judgment Day)
  • v37 Jesus taught every day; He still does!

When do YOU set aside time to hear from Christ? If we are to Watch for God’s Kingdom, let’s listen to the Lord to bring it about in the meantime!


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