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?
Dr. Luke continues his narrative leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. First, he completes the miraculous story of Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth, as well as that of the young peasant, Jewish girl Mary. Their stories tell us much about who God is and what He has done!
This week we begin our Advent 2017 series which coincides perfectly with the beginning of the Gospel of Luke. Listen as we discover Who wrote this letter and to Whom. How he wrote this letter and, most importantly, Why!
In this week's message we conclude our Desire Wisdom series with two of the shortest Parables that Jesus ever preached. Embedded in the richest chapter of parables in any of the gospels these two parables highlight the reason, purpose and meaning of all of Jesus' Parables!
Jesus is just a few weeks away from the cross and he's spending every moment be can teaching his disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven. Our text for today is another of Jesus' parables, The Parable of the Talents. Listen as we discover how to Make Every Opportunity Count!
Why are we so easily offended? And why is it that certain people seem to offend us more often? The apostle Peter decides to ask Jesus what appears to be a good question, "How many times should I forgive someone who commits an offence or sin against?" Jesus answers with a parable!
In this week’s parable Jesus takes his listeners to one of the most challenging subjects everyone must face—life and death, Heaven and Hell. It’s the story of two men, with two very different identities in this life, two paths, two positions and, as always, two destinations.
Jesus tells a story about two sons and their father to a great crowd that is following him. The crowd is a mixed bag of every day sinners and the very religious. At first the focus seems to be on the younger son who behaves badly, but then, as always with Jesus, the story takes a turn.
This week, as we continue in our Desire Wisdom series, we begin a 6-week look at the remarkable relationship between the Parables of Jesus and the Proverbs of Solomon. This week we hear Jesus as he concludes his Sermon on The Mount and his great challenge to the uber religious and every Christian!