March 19, 2017 — Sermon Recap

Jesus’ Authority Over All

Jeremy Bell
March 19, 2017
Luke 4:31-45
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Introduction
Last week, we saw how in Nazareth, Jesus made a claim, he rendered a verdict about Himself. He said He said He is the Anointed One who fulfills Isaiah 61. In our passage today, we begin to see the evidence that supports Jesus’ claim.

Main Theme: Jesus has authority over every evil force and any enslaving foe!

Supporting Evidence #1 – Authority Over Death 

  • Verse 28 – “When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.”
  • They drove Him out of the town, brought Him to the edge of the cliff and with an amazing brevity of words, Luke simply declares:
    • “Passing through their midst, He went away (4:30)”
  • People themselves cannot bring Jesus to His death. The crowd was intent on killing Jesus , on throwing Him from the cliff. But it wasn’t Jesus’ time, and He wasn’t going to have His life taken from Him, rather, He would lay it down at the moment of His choosing19
  • “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father (John 10:18).” 
  • Jesus has authority over His own death, and the timing of His death. No crowd, as wrathful as it may be, was going to dictate to the Son of God when He would die.

Supporting Evidence #2 – Authority In His Teaching

  • Jesus’ teaching had authority like none other, because he possessed authority, like none other — “and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority (4:32).”
  • Jesus “taught as one that knew the mind of God, and was commissioned to declare it.” — Matthew Henry
  • Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).”
  • When we declare the gospel to people, we can know that we are ambassadors of the King of the World.
  • Jesus is often said to be a good teacher, a moral man–but we insult the cause and reason for Christ’s coming to say he is merely that. Jesus is not a warm, motivational speaker or philosopher. No, Jesus has the power to reverse evil! He spoke with divine authority. When He speaks, things happen! What He says, He will do! What He declares, will be so!

Supporting Evidence # 3 – Authority Over the Demonic Realm

  • Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 1:9), and demons are his “henchmen” if you will.
  • Jesus rebuked demon and took authority over it’s action (4:35).
  • The demon obeyed the voice of Christ – and it came out.
  • The demon, though it threw the man down, did not have the ability to do the man harm
  • Demons flee at the power and presence of Jesus!
  • The man was set free! Here Jesus demonstrated both His power over all forces of darkness and His desire to set people free from what they could not free themselves.

Supporting Evidence # 4 – Authority Over Sickness

  • Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (4:39) of a fever.  When she was cured, she immediately (showing the completeness of the cure) got up and began serving them.
  • Following this, many were healed (4:40).  Jesus personally “laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.”

Conclusion

  • Let us approach our Lord with confidence
  • Jesus is God
  • Jesus has authority over all things
    • Authority over sin
    • Authority over sickness
    • Authority over any enslaving foe
    • And may we respond to our Lord with faith in Him

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • In these three scenes, what observations do you have regarding Jesus? What are some of the things we learn about Him from these scenes?
  • Why does it “insult the cause and reason for Christ’s coming” to say that Jesus is simply “a good teacher” and “a moral man” ? How is Jesus’ teaching different from any other individual in all of history?
  • Jesus’ teaching was uniquely authoritative. Jesus spoke the very words of God. How should this encourage us as we represent Him and seek to faithfully speak the gospel to others?
  • In this narrative, we see Jesus’ authority over the demonic realm. How should this encourage us?
  • In this story, how do we see Jesus’ authority over sickness? How does seeing Jesus heal Peter’s mother-in-law and then numerous other individuals as well strengthen and encourage your faith?
  • When it comes to praying for the sick, we want to have faith that God delights to heal and still does heal today. We also want to have confidence in the goodness and sovereignty of God when God, for reasons unknown to us, chooses not to heal. How do we cultivate faith in both God’s healing power and faith in His sovereign goodness?
  • In this narrative, we’ve seen that Jesus delights to heal. He delights to set free those in bondage. In what ways do you desire to see the power of Jesus made known? What desires for healing and/or personal “breakthrough” (sin you want to overcome etc..) do you have that we can keep before the Lord in prayer?

March 12, 2017 — Sermon Recap

The Anointed Savior

Chris Patton
March 12, 2017
Luke 4:14-30
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Introduction

We might liken our narrative today to watching a dramatic scene from a movie before actually sitting down to watch the whole thing. Luke is showing us an episode if you will of an event that took place somewhere around the mid-way point of Jesus’ ministry, not at the beginning. He is doing so because he wants to draw us into the story as a whole about the life and ministry of Jesus.

Main Theme: Empowered by God’s Spirit, Jesus brings salvation to all who will but receive Him.

I. The anointing Jesus experienced 

  • In the narrative thus far as well as in our text today, Luke is trying to say something to us about the uniqueness of Jesus in relation to the Holy Spirit as well as his personal need for and dependence upon the Spirit’s presence and power (1:41, 3:22, 4:1, 4:14-15). “He returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee (v.14)” and the result was Spirit empowered preaching and teaching in the Jewish synagogues that Luke says vs.15 had begun to make him famous everywhere.
  • In the scene of Jesus visiting his home town in Nazareth, the theme of Jesus’ relation to the Holy Spirit continues to be explained and emphasized.
  • Aside: In verse 16, Luke says “as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day.” If Jesus went to his local synagogue, his “local church” every week to hear the word of God read and expounded upon, we certainly do well to follow his example.
  • In the synagogue, Jesus stands up to read from Is.61:1-2. Notice yet again the emphasis-Jesus–anointed by, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Luke is part 1 of a two-volume work. This gospel is part 1 and the book of Acts is part 2.
  • Luke is extremely intentional to emphasize the vital role of the Holy Spirit in the start of both Jesus’ ministry in Luke 4 and the start of church’s ministry in Acts 2.This parallel exists because Luke wants us to know and more importantly God wants us to know that the way the ministry of Jesus advanced in the earthly life of Jesus, and in Acts, and to this day is the same–it’s in and with and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus needed the power of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill His mission.
    Likewise we as the church need the power of the Holy Spirit to continue the mission of Jesus in the world today.

II. The goal (purpose) of this anointing

  • God anointed Jesus with the power of the Holy Spirit as Isaiah says in order that he might preach the gospel (V.18)! He anointed him with the Spirit for mission!
  • This prophetic utterance from the mouth of Isaiah had its initial fulfillment with the people of God exiled in Babylon.
    • Isaiah was prophesying their deliverance from captivity.
    • Isaiah was also prophesying our liberation from sin as well as the year of the Lord’s favor (the age to come–the new heavens and new earth).
    • He was prophecying all the blessings that God in Christ has secured for us both in this life and in the life to come.

III. The choice we face

  • Initially the people responded well to this brief sermon from Jesus. verse 22 tells us that “all spoke well of him.” At the same time, they were cynical and skeptical. They didn’t believe Jesus fulfilled Is.61 and in their unbelief, they wanted him to “show his stuff (see vs.23).”
  • Jesus shares two pointed illustrations from the ministries of Elijah and Elisha that demonstrate God’s blessing doesn’t come to those who remain in unbelief, but to others who have faith.
    • This deeply offended the Nazareth congregation.Instead of repenting of their unbelief and hardness of heart, they angrily attempted to kill Jesus by throwing him off a cliff (Verses 28-29).
  • This whole narrative is a powerful preview of the Cross which represents the ultimate rejection of Jesus.
  • The main take home: It is possible to be in close proximity to Jesus — to be familiar with and well acquainted with Jesus and yet to still at the end of the day reject Jesus–to push Him away– to say in your heart “I don’t need Him”.
  • This narrative presses each one of us to make a choice: will receive Jesus or will we reject Him?
  • This episode emphasizes the importance of receiving and embracing Jesus personally.

Conclusion
An encouragement from John 1:9-13

[9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [which is what we’ve seen in our story today] [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

  • Many of us, by grace and grace alonehave received JesusWe have embraced Him with our whole hearts as Savior and as Lord. As a result, we have been adopted into God’s family and become children of God. What an incredible blessing!

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • What lessons can be drawn from Jesus’ personal dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • What does it look like to live every day dependent upon the Holy Spirit? What would it look like for you to take a step of growth in the area of daily dependence upon the Spirit?
  • In verse 16, Luke says “as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day.” What can we learn from Jesus’ example here ?
  • Read Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus reads from Is.61. What does Isaiah’s prophetic utterance teach us about what Jesus came to do? How does it make you feel to think that Jesus came to bring us these amazing blessings Isaiah talks about?
  • The people in Nazareth were familiar with Jesus but didn’t believe in Him personally. How does this dynamic of being familiar with Jesus yet not truly receiving Jesus play out in our day?
  • How does this story emphasize the importance of receiving and embracing Jesus personally? When did you first receive Jesus and embrace Him as your Savior and Lord?

March 5, 2017 — Sermon Recap

The Living and Active Word

Jeremy Bell
March 5, 2017
Luke 4:1-13, Hebrews 4:12
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Introduction

Jesus used the Word as His weapon against the lies of the enemy.  This sermon highlights the connection between what Hebrews 4 says about the living and active Word of God and how believing it can help us, like Jesus, to defeat the enemy’s lies.

I. The Enemy’s Attack – Unbelief and Doubt 

Consider from Luke 4 how Jesus used the Word to fight against the twisted deceptions of the enemy.

II. The Remedy — the Powerful, Effective Word of God

Hebrews 4:12 helps us to see how –

    1. The Word Effectively Protects Us From Unbelief
    2. The Word is Living and Active
      • There is power in this living, active Word of God
        • The Word fights for us
        • The Word discerns truth for us
        • The Word brings light to the thoughts and intentions of our hearts
        • The Word separates what are lies and what is certain

“The written Word does more than merely communicate truth about God; it also mediates the very person and power of God.” — Sam Storms

II. We Have the Help of the Holy Spirit

  • Two things to notice about Christ in this fight against Satan (Luke 4:1)
    • Jesus was filled with the Word
    • Jesus was filled with the Spirit
  • The Spirit of God moves when the living Word of God is read. There is dynamic power in this Word, as the Spirit works to reveal God Himself in conjunction with the Living Word.

“The Bible is no magic book, but a strange, enigmatic power stirs when we reach for the Scriptures. Something influential, though invisible, is happening as we hear God’s Word read or spoken, and when we read or study.  Something supernatural, but unseen, transpires as we see the text in front of us and take it into our souls.  Someone unseen moves. He is a personal force, fully divine yet full of mystery – more a person than you or me, and yet no less indomitable and ultimately irresistible in power. He makes the seemingly simple into something supernatural, as reading the Bible takes us beyond the realm of our control. He loves to strengthen human souls in obvious and subtle ways as they encounter God’s Word…He imperceptibly shapes us this morning to make us who we need to be this afternoon, and next week. His hands act untraceably as He molds minds, hews out our hearts, whittles at our wills, and carves out our calluses. He not only hovers over the waters (Genesis 1:2),…He also hovers with special vigilance over the divine Word, standing ready to awaken dead souls and open blind eyes and warm cold hearts.…When we get alone with the Bible, we are not alone. God has not left us to ourselves to understand His Words and feed our own souls.  No matter how thin your training, no matter how spotty your routine, the Helper stands ready.  Take up the text in confidence that God is primed to bless your being with His very breath…He is the Holy Spirit.”   –David Mathis, Habits of Grace

Conclusion:

  • Jesus availed Himself of the Word and the Spirit to fight off the deceptive lies of the enemy.
  • We too must fight these same lies, so that the deceitfulness of sin doesn’t settle in our hearts and make us callous to God’s promises.

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • What is unbelief? How do we as Christians sometimes struggle with unbelief in God’s promises? In what ways do you struggle with unbelief in God’s promises?
  • Re-read Hebrews 4:12. What does this verse teach us about the Word?
  • Describe a time when the Word of God cut to your own heart–either encouraging and strengthening you or perhaps convicting you in some way?
  • Re-read the Mathis quote above…how does what Mathis says encourage you in relationship to God’s Word?

February 26, 2017 — Sermon Recap

The Victory of Christ in Temptation

Jeremy Bell
February 26, 2017
Luke 4:1-12
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Introduction

The first Adam failed in his temptation by Satan back in Genesis 3. In stark contrast, Jesus, the second Adam does not fail. The faithfulness of Jesus Christ to resist the Enemy’s temptations has secured eternal hope for us.

Main Theme: Jesus is our sin-defeating Redeemer.

Three temptations Jesus faced:

I. The temptation to doubt God’s goodness (4:3-4)

II. The temptation to take the easy road (4:5-8)

III. The temptation to make God prove His love  (4:9-12)

  • The challenge is a test of God’s protection.
  • The temple is the place of God’s closeness, and His temple is a refuge of His protection and care.
  • At the very center of God’s protection and care, Satan is demanding that Jesus put God to the test.

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • Re-read verses 3-4.
    • How was this attack an assault on the goodness of God?
    • In what ways does the Enemy tempt us similarly?
    • How can you be tempted to doubt God’s goodness?
  • Re-read verses 5-8.
    • Here the Enemy tempted Jesus to take the easy road. What is the road Satan was tempting Jesus to take? How is that road different than the road his Heavenly Father was calling him to take?
  • Sin often promises an easy way out in trouble; an easy way to find relief–yet that easy way out never delivers. It always leads to destruction and devastation.
    • In what ways can you relate to feeling the temptation and pull in your own heart to try to escape the road God has you on for some other road that can seem easier?
  • Re-read verses 9-12 — Satan tempted Jesus to doubt God’s protection, care and love. How can you be tempted to doubt these same things?

February 19, 2017 — Sermon Recap

The Genealogy of Christ

Jeremy Bell
February 19, 2017
Luke 3:23-38
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Introduction

  • Luke put this genealogy here in order to strengthen Theophilus’ certainty  regarding the things he had been taught (Luke 1:4).
  • Theophilus, a Gentile would be interested in knowing Jesus’ solidarity with all men descended from the first man, Adam. This fits within the theme Luke is driving at – that the salvation of Jesus is open to all people, all nations–not just to the seed of Abraham. Jesus is not just the seed of Abraham, but of all peoples. So for Luke, the crucial thing seems to connect Jesus to the entire human race.

Six observations from this genealogy:

1. The genealogy substantiates biblical history and prophecy.

  • It confirms the physical existence of the characters and lives in the Bible.
  • These people came from certain towns, were part of certain families, and we can trace the history of scripture, and watch it’s storyline unfold, through genealogies such as this.

2. The genealogy shows us God’s knowledge of and care for people.

  • Each of these names are of people just like us – people whose lives matter to God.
  • God cares about the details of each person’s life.

3. The genealogy reminds us that God uses imperfect people to fulfill His purposes.

  • The names that represent imperfect people, yet God chose to use imperfect people to fulfill His purposes.

4. The genealogy demonstrates that God understands our pain.

  • The genealogy of Christ shows us that Jesus was God, yes, but that He was also Man.
  • Therefore, since He entered into our humanity and dwelt among us, since he encountered sorrow and grief as well as joy and pleasure, He can relate to us.

5. The genealogy confirms that God does what He promises.

  • God does what He promises. He promised a Redeemer. He promised that the Redeemer would come through David’s line. And He promised Redemption for all who believe in Jesus.
  • He is the new and second Adam, who has come to rescue and redeem a broken and sinful people to bring them to God
  • God is faithful to His promises!
  • Luke is looking to underscore the fact that Jesus is God yet He is also in the earthly line of Adam. He is the Son of God and He is the Son of Man. And He offers salvation to all.The genealogy shows us that Jesus is our only hope!

6. The genealogy shows us that Jesus is our only hope!

  • Jesus’ genealogy ties the whole human race together. Our only hope is found in Jesus redemption. Not from any other name in all other history is there any hope of redemption.
  • There have been great men, women of renown, wonderful children, but none can cross the bridge between God and man. Jesus, that One name, is the only Name we need.

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • How do you think this genealogy would have helped to strengthen Theophilus’ faith (Luke 1:4) ? How can it strengthen our faith?
  • Scan through the genealogy. What names can you pick out of individuals you know from scripture had significant failures? What does this geneology teach us about the kind of people God uses to accomplish his purposes?
  • Christian orthodoxy affirms the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.  The genealogy of Christ shows us that Jesus was God, yes, but that He was also man. In what ways can Jesus in his humanity identify with and relate to us? What scriptures can you think of that speak to this very question?
  • How does the genealogy prove the faithfulness of God to keep his promises–specifically His promise to send a Savior?
  • God was faithful to His promise of sending a Savior. What impact should that have on our confidence in all of God’s other promises? What promises of God do you most cherish?
  • Jesus’ genealogy ties the whole human race together. Our only hope is found in Jesus redemption. What alternative sources of hope do we as people often look to? How can we grow in putting our hope in Jesus and Jesus alone?

February 12, 2017 — Sermon Recap

Repentance of the Heart

Chris Patton
February 12, 2017
Luke 3:15-22
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Main Theme: No one is greater than Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

Our passage shows this to be true by bringing forth the testimony of John the Baptist and Heaven.

I. The testimony of John the Baptist

“he who is mighter than I is coming (v.17)” 

  • John said this because his  baptism was external; it was outward. It was symbolic of a repentant heart. But the baptism itself was powerless to change a person’s heart. On the other hand Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit had power to change a person’s life.
  • It seems clear, this baptism in/with the Holy Spirit = regeneration, the new birth.

II. The testimony of heaven

“[21] Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, [22] and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Conclusion

There is something deeply instructive, and deeply comforting in this revelation of the blessed Trinity, at this particular season of our Lord’s earthly ministry. It shows us how mighty and powerful is the agency that is employed in the great business of our redemption. It is the common work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All Three Persons in the Godhead are equally concerned in the deliverance of our souls from hell. The thought should cheer us, when disturbed and cast down. The thought should hearten and encourage us, when weary of the conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil. The enemies of our souls are mighty, but the Friends of our souls are mightier still. The whole power of the triune Jehovah is engaged upon our side. — JC Ryle

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • What was John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus?
  • One lesson from how John confronted Herod (verses 18-20) is that though it can be costly, it is also absolutely necessary for God’s messengers to speak the truth about sin.
    • What does it look like for believers today to be faithful to speak the truth about sin?
    • What can keep God’s people from being faithful to speak the truth about sin?
    • When we do speak the truth about sin, what should be our attitude?
  • As Jesus’ mission was about to kick into high gear in c.4, here at his baptism we see Him praying (v.21). What can we learn from Jesus’ example of prayer here?
  • In speaking of the baptism in/with the Holy Spirit, John the Baptist was referring to New Covenant work of the Spirit called  “regeneration” or the “new birth.” What does it mean to be born again? What difference does the new birth make in our lives?
  • Re-read the JC Ryle quote above. How does what Ryle says hit home to your heart?

February 5, 2017 — Sermon Recap

Repentance of the Heart

Jeremy Bell
February 5, 2017
Luke 3:3-14
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Introduction

John comes on the scene, to bring objective news of the condition of peoples’ hearts. God knew the people needed a spiritual X-Ray, to show them what was really going on underneath the surface.

What was John’s message?

I. He tells the people that they are lost!

“You brood of vipers! (vs.7)”

II. He warns them that wrath is coming.

“Who warned you to flee from the wrath that is to come (vs.7)?”

III. He also mentions that there is an escape from wrath.

  • In verses 11-14, John makes it clear – ‘there is a way of escape, and its called repentance!’
  • Repentance changes our hearts towards God and others.
  • John gives the crowds, the tax collectors and the soldiers practical steps of repentance.
  • Let us embrace the repentance that God calls us to, knowing that when we fully embrace the Lord’s repentance, fruit will always follow
  • “Never do the flowers of grace grow more than after a shower of repentant tears.” — Thomas Watson

Conclusion

Let us embrace repentance.  Christian repentance is for every day and every moment.

“When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.” — Martin Luther

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • John spoke in vs.7 of the need to ‘flee the wrath to come.’ What is the practical application for us?
  • Thomas Watson wrote, “Never do the flowers of grace grow more than after a shower of repentant tears.” What do you think of Watson’s statement? How does his statement reflect your own experience of repentance?
  • How would you summarize the practical steps of repentance John the Baptist gave to each of the three groups–the crowds, the tax collectors, the soldiers?
  • Martin Luther said, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.”  What does it look like practically to live a life of repentance?
  • What is one area of your life where you sense God calling you to repent?

January 29, 2017 — Sermon Recap

Repentance of the Heart

Jeremy Bell
January 29, 2017
Luke 3:1-9
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Introduction

  • The first two chapters have been the introduction of the Christ, while the main story of Jesus starts at this point.
  • The good news that came first to Zechariah and Elizabeth, and Mary and Joseph, now takes definitive shape as John the Baptist and Jesus enter the scene as adults.

Main Theme: Our confidence in salvation is found only in the mercy of God through repentance in Jesus Christ, which is available to all!

I. Who is John the Baptist?

His Background

His Call To Be A Prophet

The Emphasis of His Ministry

  • John has come to announce the way of the Lord and to preach repentance.
  • John has come to warn people of the coming wrath of God.
    • If people don’t repent in their hearts, turn away from sin and self-reliance, and turn to God for forgiveness, the consequences are grave.
  • John came to bring hope – through repentance and faith, salvation could be found.

II. His Message

  • He tells the people that they are lost!
  • He warns them that wrath is coming.
  • He also mentions that there is an escape from wrath.
  • What is John calling them to? A “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” – v.3
  • John’s baptism is an outward sign of what has occurred in the heart of the person getting baptized–that they’ve repented of their sins, and turned towards God for forgiveness.
  • The baptism of John is signal to the change of heart that already had taken place through repentance.

III. What Ultimately Matters

  • What ultimately matters to God is the condition of our hearts.
  • What ultimately matters is – “do you have faith?” Have you repented and turned to God for the forgiveness of your sins?
  • Repentance and faith is evidenced by fruit. John says, “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
  • Repentance is turning away from sin towards God.
  • John the Baptist calls the people to a repentance that bears fruit.
  • Biblical repentance means to turn away from sin and self and to embrace what the Lord has for you
    • So no works, no family tree, no person is outside of the call of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ

Conclusion

Our confidence in salvation is found only in the mercy of God through repentance in Jesus Christ, which is available to all! Take no comfort from the family in which you were raised, the fact that you may be the member of a church, or the accumulated mass of good deeds. There is hope in none other than repentance and turning to Jesus Christ.

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • In summary, how would you describe the purpose of John the Baptist’s ministry?
  • What was John’s main message?
  • What does it mean to repent?
  • Do you think after conversion, Christians still need to hear the message of repentance? Why or why not?
  • We heard the following application of this text to our lives…Take no comfort from the family in which you were raised, the fact that you may be the member of a church, or the accumulated mass of good deeds. There is hope in none other than repentance and turning to Jesus Christ.’ What practically does this mean for us today?
  • Martin Luther has said “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent,’ he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”  What does that mean? How can we today live lives of repentance?

January 22, 2017 — Sermon Recap

Jesus the Boy on His Father’s Mission

Jeremy Bell
November 13, 2016
Luke 2:39-52
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I. Mary and Joseph’s Love For God’s Law  (v.39)

II. The Trip to Jerusalem to Celebrate the Passover (v.41)

III. Jesus’ Growth In Stature, Wisdom and Understanding (v.40)

IV. The Confrontation – ‘Son, why did you do this?’ (v.48)

V. Jesus’ Reply (v.49)

  • Jesus now recognizes and speaks of his unique Sonship to God, and that his mission will require of Him a devotion to His Father’s purposes that will supersede the closest of family ties.
  • Doing the Father’s mission was Jesus’ food (John 4). It was fulfilling to Him – He and the Father were One.
  • Doing the Father’s work was His focus, and he didn’t want family obligations, or expectations to get in the way.
  • He must complete the mission of the Father, even if it brings pain and potential misunderstanding.

VI. Application

How do we follow Jesus’ example of devotion to His heavenly Father’s purposes and will?

  1. By living in the good of our identity in Christ
  2. By treasuring the gospel
    “The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight.”  Sinclair Ferguson

Conclusion
Jesus recognized that His Sonship meant doing and accomplishing the will of His Father, even if he was misunderstood or caused disruption. He delighted to do the will of God. It was His nourishment and food! May we be true to the will of our heavenly Father, despite the disruption it will cause at times to our lives. May we live with an understanding that our lives are not our own, that we are sons and daughters of the Father, and are now commissioned to do the Father’s will

Questions for Discussion / Application:

  • In this narrative, what qualities can you identity in Joseph and Mary that are worthy of emulation?
  • How does this story reveal the humanity of Jesus?
  • The New City Catechism (question 22) asks the question “Why must the Redeemer be truly human?” The answer is: “That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.” What does that statement mean?  Why was it important for the Redeemer to be truly human?
    • Consider taking time to review questions 21-23 of the New City Catechism as well.
  • What does Jesus’ reply to his mother’s question reveal about his attitude and mindset at this early age?
  • What does it mean to live in the good of our identity in Christ?
  • “The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight (Sinclair Ferguson).” How does the gospel turn the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight?
  • What are one or two ways do you find it difficult and hard to do the will of God?