From Bethlehem to Emmaus: The Gospel of Luke (Page 3)

Luke 11:37-54, A Direct Assault on Error

In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 11:37-54), the theme of opposition to Jesus and his message continues. Jesus directly assaults the false teachers who oppose him, exposing their hypocrisy, legalism, and pride. Most of all, he condemns them for leading others astray. Their words and works were directly antithetical to the message…

Luke 11:4, Forgiven and Forgiving

Luke 11:1-13 tells us about Jesus training his disciples regarding prayer. As we begin 2021, our study of the Gospel of Luke has slowed down so that we can savor Jesus’ teaching in this passage, thus making January a “prayer emphasis month.” In the service this Lord’s Day, we will focus on the fourth request…

Luke 11:4, What We Need Today

“Teach us to pray,” was the request made by an unidentified disciple. Jesus’ response bequeathed to the church in every generation, requests to be offered and a pattern to be followed.The model prayer contains five petitions in proper priority, two that give priority to God’s interests and three that express our needs. Today we consider…

Luke 11:1-2, Our Father Who is in Heaven

This Lord’s Day, the last Sunday of 2020, we will resume our study of Luke. The text is a famous one, usually called the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). The next paragraph continues the Lord’s teaching on the subject of prayer. Each year we take a Sunday at the end of January to focus on prayer—a…

Luke 15:25-28, Loving God with All Your Heart

Jesus was the itinerant preacher who lacked all credentials but God’s approval. As he made his way toward Jerusalem, a lawyer put him to the test asking, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus in turn asked him his interpretation of the Law regarding that subject. The Lawyer responded correctly, citing the great…

Luke 10:17-24, Joy and Blessing in Knowing Jesus

In Luke 10:17-24, 72 of Jesus’ followers return from a preaching tour, rejoicing at the outcome. Jesus joins in with their enthusiastic joy, connecting their part his mission with the grand plan of God for the outcome of history. He also sorts their priorities, encouraging them to rejoice that the Sovereign Lord has made them…

Luke 10:1-16, Messengers of the Gospel

For a second time, Jesus sends his followers out on a preaching mission. This time, he did not limit the ministry to the Twelve. Their goal was to announce the coming of the long-awaited Messiah in every city, village, and hamlet. The text serves as a precursor to the church’s mission. In the sermon, we…