Today's passage can be found in Luke 19:11-27
Two truths from this passage
1. God’s design from the time of creation was that humans should receive delegated authority from God and reign as co-rulers with him on earth (Genesis 1:28, Revelation 5:9-10).
2. The gift of authority comes to us with the responsibility of stewardship, to be used in line with the purposes for which it was given (Exodus 19:5-6).
Three implications from this passage
1. The kingdom of God is reserved for those who honor, accept, and surrender to the kingship of Jesus (John 1:12).
2. In the kingdom of God, there are no passive members or people who only give lip service to Jesus (Matthew 7:24-27).
3. Jesus, the king, calls us to participate in the growth and expansion of his kingdom on earth (Luke 19:16).
A few observations from the text this morning:
1. The fear of man produces hypocrisy. Whose opinion do you value more? Man’s or God’s? Valuing man’s opinion over God is what it means to fear man.
2. The fear of God produces freedom. The person who fears God is freed from the fear of man.
3. The fear of God produces action. The fear of God creates a boldness to proclaim the good news.
Our text is from Luke 9:1-6, 10:1-4, 10:16-20.
Whatever complicated circumstances you might be facing in your world, Luke wants you to know for certain that Jesus has all authority in this world.
Here in these two stories, Jesus delegates his authority to his friends. How should we look at these stories of Jesus passing on his authority to his friends? As isolated incidents in history in that time for those people only? Or as Jesus delegating his authority to all of his followers throughout all time?
This sermon examines those questions.
The text for today's sermon comes from Luke 7:1-10.
How have you been approaching Jesus during these days? Jesus has all power in his hands. He can change any situation with a single word. We, too, are invited to seek Jesus during this time of crisis with two attitudes to remember: (1) with great expectation and faith; (2) with humility and submission to his sovereign will.
The text for today's sermon comes from Luke 5:17-26, a text very applicable to our situation this week.
What does it look like to trust Jesus in the face of incurable disease?
Three truths from this text:
Three responses to these truths:
Our text is found in Luke 4:31-37.
Early in his teaching career, Jesus displays authority in his teaching and his actions! He is like us in many ways, yet different from any other human in history! Let us prepare our hearts to be amazed and full of worship.
The Challenge of Money, Time, and Prayer: James 5
After listening to this week's message, our last one from the book of James, consider these questions for meditation.
ALL QUESTIONS FROM: Prette, Dr. James A. Listening to the Challenges: A Devotional Commentary on the New Testament Letter of James. Kindle Edition. Used with permission.
The Challenge of Desires and Security: James 4:1-17
Part 6 of our series through the book of James. After listening to the sermon, take some time to reflect over the following questions:
ALL QUESTIONS FROM: Prette, Dr. James A.. Listening to the Challenges: A Devotional Commentary on the New Testament Letter of James. Kindle Edition. Used with permission.