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The JV Team: Dr. Details – Luke

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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

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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

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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?

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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!

Learning from Luke: Render Unto Caesar

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Luke 20:19-26

In this political season, congregations find themselves in tough situations. Should we speak for or against a specific candidate or issue? Should we ignore the political maelstrom? How do we live by God’s principles in a fallen world?

Guard Yourself Against

Twisted Motives – WHY This Issue?
Luke 20:19-22

  • v19 context: Triumphal Entry/Temple Cleansing – they’re TICKED
  • v20 they can’t morally best Jesus; they have to cheat
  • v21 1) they lie “we know”
    • 2) they tell the truth “you teach what is right”
    • 3) they set up the sting “you do not show partiality”
  • v22 the dilemma horns: YES =collaboration w/ occupying enemy; NO=sedition against government. Either way, Jesus will be hauled away out of public (which is the whole point)

Misunderstood Terms – WHAT Is Being Said?
Luke 20:23-26

  • v23 Jesus recognized their loyalty: not to KoG, but their masters
  • v24 Jesus uses elements from their kingdom to make His point
  • v25 Jesus makes a statement about ownership via image cf. Gen. 1:26 (who owns you?)
  • v26 their crafted dilemma didn’t take any other viewpoint into mind; Jesus wasn’t living by their rules, but by KoG concepts for which they had no answer

Those who wanted to trap Jesus tried to make the conversation about politics of the day; Jesus tried (repeatedly) to turn the topic to the Kingdom of God, pointing out that we ALL fall short if we try to create a system of right human behavior if we cut God out. It’s GOD’s kingdom; we just live here.

Learning from Luke: Real Repentance

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Isaiah 1:15-20 / Luke 19:1-10

Ever seen the image of the guy wearing a sandwich board which reads repent the end is near? Ken Davis once asked “which end? How near?” (60 years ago!) The call to repent has been subverted so badly that it’s become an old joke. But repentance is no joke to God…

To Reclaim Repentance, We Realize That

Religious Duty Falls Short
Isaiah 1:15-20

  • v15 Just doing religion doesn’t get God’s attention; instead:
  • v16/17 God’s motive is the change of heart
  • v18/20 God’s method is challenge of the mind

Real Difference Result of Salvation
Luke 19:1-10

  • v1/4 Awakening: why would a tax collector want to see Jesus? There must have been something different, a hope for a different response
  • v5/6 Attraction: why would a rabbi want to spend time with Zacchaeus? God sees us through Jesus
  • v7/8 Apology: world rejects our change; we say “I choose to do differently”
  • v9/10 Acceptance: salvation has come isn’t the choice to do better; it’s the reception of Jesus! This PROMPTS us to change after – change is not demanded before the Spirit brings us to life

Stages of Repentance:

  • Awakening – the Spirit has worked in us before we even know it (God chooses us first)
  • Attraction – we are drawn to Christ as He draws near to us (Christ influences us next)
  • Apology – we reject our old ways, and resolve to make a change (We respond to Christ)
  • Acceptance – we realize our new life in Christ supersedes our life of self (we surrender to God’s influence)

God’s goal is to draw us to Deity; when we surrender our heart and are transformed in our mind, our lives will show the difference!


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