Sermons on Luke

Still Like Jesus

Wake to an alarm (if the kids haven’t already gotten you out of bed). Get yourself and everyone else ready and out the door. Get to work to discover your email inbox is full. Before lunch you have 9 texts and 4 voice mails. Get as much done as you can, but finally leave at the end of the day because Jr. has baseball practice, and you haven’t even thought about dinner. Get home, help with homework, and veg out…

The Cost of Discipleship

Just because someone gives you a free piano does not mean that you will ever learn to play it. The free piano is a gift, the cost of becoming a pianist is hours and hours of practice. Salvation is the free gift of God, but like learning to play the piano, discipleship takes time and effort. Many Christians have failed to experience the full and abundant life of Jesus because, while they have received the gift of salvation, they have…

Scattering Seeds

Following Jesus is not a once-a-week proposition, but a daily pursuit. When Jesus invites us to “follow Him,” He is not inviting us on a walk, but into the sacred rhythms and patterns of discipleship. Join us for a series from Luke 8-11 where we will learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Passage: Luke 8:4-15 Principle: God sows the seed generously, but we must faithfully cultivate the soil of our hearts if we are to bear the fruit of the Gospel…

Out of Nazareth

The Christmas story begins with the forced migration of a poor Jewish carpenter and his pregnant wife. These innocent victims of a corrupt political system were forced to deliver their baby in a stable where the Savior entered the world as a displaced person. Join us for week two of Christmas in Exile as we see how God uses the weak, poor, and even the corrupt of this world to accomplish His purpose of bringing peace on earth. Passage: Luke…

About Where You’ve Placed Your Faith

We measure financial success by how much of our wealth we are able to stockpile. But the “extra” money and resources we possess can become the very thing that takes possession of us. After you’re dead, other people will take possession of everything you’ve “saved” for one of two reasons. Join us for part 2 of Money Talks to discover those reasons and what your money is saying about your faith.  Your money talks about the condition of your heart. Your money talks about where you’ve placed your faith. Passage: Command those…

Are You Able?

When we accept God’s love for us, we are still faced with the question: Why would a loving God allow bad things to happen? One answer might be that He is not able to stop them. But the very idea that God is not able is incompatible with the very existence of God. There is a difference between being able to do something and a willingness to do it. Most people are far more capable than they are willing. This…

Do You Care?

Critics of religion often say that if there is a god, he cannot be both all-powerful and all-loving. An all-loving God would not allow the terrible suffering we see in the world, and an all-powerful God would surely be able to stop it. Therefore, God is either not all-powerful, not all-loving, or simply doesn’t exist at all. Join us for part two of Questioning Jesus as we hear His own disciples ask, “Jesus, don’t you care?” Passage (read it): Luke…

Are You the One?

A collaboration between the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, Send Relief is here to help you make a difference in your community and the world around you—because compassion ministry opens doors to the gospel. Passage (read it): Luke 7:18-35 and 9:7-9 John’s Question for Jesus: Are you The One? The motivation for the question: Suffering and Disappointment Jesus’ answer to the question: I am What does it mean? Do not allow shifting circumstances or fickle emotions to define Jesus, His…

A Woman’s Place

How would you finish this statement, “A woman’s place is ______________”? Depending on when this is asked, who answers, and the culture in which the conversation takes place, there is no limit to the number of possible responses. But the very idea that there is a “place” for women is something Jesus challenged in one of His most revealing comments about women and their role in His movement. Join us for the final message in Glass Ceilings, where we see…

And Also, Some Women

Ancient historical documents contain little information about or by women. Because of this, it can be difficult to develop an accurate picture of women throughout much of human history. One startling exception is the Bible which contains numerous pictures of women in the ancient world. Luke, a first-century physician and historian, was especially committed to recording the names and stories of women in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Join us for part four of Glass Ceilings…

Leveling the Playing Field

Cultures throughout history have always had specific social hierarchies. Still today, there are groups and classes of people who benefit from simply being born into a certain family or because of the language they speak or the color of their skin or because of their gender. But Jesus consistently leveled the playing field by recognizing the faith and value of all people. Join us for part three of Glass Ceilings where we will see Jesus’ response to the interruption of…

Double Standards

Since the time of Adam and Eve, there have been obvious double standards for men and women in almost every area of life. Luke frequently pairs stories of men and women together to highlight Jesus’ love and mission to redeem all of God’s creation. Join us for part two of Glass Ceilings where we see how the response of a Roman Centurion and a prostitute demonstrate Jesus’ radical grace and His universal offer of salvation for everyone regardless of who…