Dr. Luke now takes us into the heart of the Sermon on the Mount and one of the most challenging things that Jesus ever said. In fact, some people have called this one of the craziest things he ever said. "Love you enemies?" Now the question is, "Did Jesus Really Mean What He Said?"
Following the calling of His 12 apostles Jesus comes down the mountain to a level area to speak to the crowd that has come out to hear him. His message begins with blessings to his disciples followed by several warnings to those just following the crowd.
We've arrived at one of the most significant points in the ministry of Jesus Christ. It's time to pick the 12 men who will become the foundation, the leaders of His church and Kingdom. How and who he chooses to be on The Dream Team is, once again, not what you might expect!
Luke's been building to this climax at the start of chapter 6 since the day that Jesus preached his memorable sermon at his home synagogue in Nazareth. Each step of the way He has been drawing a clearer line in the sand, a line between old, dead religion and the new Kingdom.
Luke concludes chapter 5 with another challenge brought by the Pharisees, scribes and John the Baptist's disciples, this time directly at Jesus. They don't understand why his disciples aren't fasting like theirs are but instead are eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners.
Chapter 5 in Luke's gospel begins a major shift in the orderly account that Luke has been recording. From the call of Peter the fisherman, to the touching and healing of an unclean leper and forgiving the sins of a paralytic, Jesus' religious critics now ask, "How Low Will He Go?"
Based on irrefutable historical evidence most people believe three things about Jesus Christ. They believe that a person named Jesus actually lived, that he was a good, moral teacher and that he was crucified, died and buried. It's what happened 3 days later that is doubted. But why?
Dr. Luke recounts another story when, On one occasion, Jesus is at home in Capernaum teaching a large crowd with the Pharisees and teachers of the law present. Four men cut a hole in the roof and drop their paralyzed friend down in from of Jesus. His response to their faith is shocking...
Dr. Luke continues to report the events surrounding Jesus' early days in Galilee. He's just called 4 men to begin following him, to be on mission with him and the first thing he does is take them on a road trip to show them what good work, what good ministry looks like. Today, he heals a leper!
Once again we find Luke recording a story about Jesus early on in his ministry that only he records. Remembering that Luke's goal is that his that his good friend Theophilus would have certainty about his faith in Jesus as God, we can see why he records this true story and miracle!
In a period of 24 hours Jesus confronts the powers of evil, performs miraculous healings all to the amazement of everyone who sees and hears him. On the surface that's the story. The question is, what's the meaning and purpose behind these events? Listen in as we discover what it all means.
It's one year into Jesus' amazing ministry, healing the sick, turning water into wine and preaching throughout many synagogues. Finally, he gets the call to come home to Nazareth where he grew and preach in his home synagogue. He's the Hometown Hero until they hear his message...
Luke records Jesus' return to Galilee in just two verses. At first blush it may appear that he is referring to a time immediately following the temptation in the wilderness. A closer look reveals the there is a gap of almost 1 year and what Jesus did in that year is worth investigating!
Immediately following his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit is led by by the Spirit into the wilderness for what can only be described as The Temptation. The devil attacks him with all he's got, the greatest barrage that any human will or could ever face and yet, Jesus is victorious!
Luke offers just 2 verses to capture one of the most important events in the life of Jesus Christ. He then follows that announcement with Jesus' genealogy tracing his lineage back through David, Abraham and all the way to Adam, the first man. Join us as we discover the meaning of baptism!
In the first two chapters of his Gospel, Luke has focused on the birth narratives of both John the Baptist and Jesus. Chapter 3 is a major shift both in years and in force. This week we meet John when he is 30 years old, the voice crying in the wilderness calling people to true repentance!
The story of Jesus as a 12 year old boy in the temple in Jerusalem is another one of those stories recorded only by Luke. It's also the only story recorded about Jesus from the age of 8 days old until he begins his public ministry at 30. This begs the question, why does Luke choose this story?
Dr. Luke records one the most important passages in the early life of Jesus and yet, he's the only one to record these events. Its 8 days after the birth of Christ and his faithful mother and father bring Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem. Listen in as we see and hear what happened on that day!
Its an annual tradition at The Rock Church • Resolution Sunday. Each year we take the opportunity to Look Back at what the Lord has done in us and through us individually and as a church family. Then we Dream Forward for the New Year to what the Lord is calling us to as a church.
We all know the story and the picture well. Christmas cards show us the image of a manger, with a small roof, animals milling about, Mary and Joseph standing over their baby, Jesus and of course shepherds and 3 wise men. But, what really happened behind the storybook image?