The Other Lost Son (Luke 15:25-32)

Last week’s sermon focused on the parable of the “Prodigal Son” from Luke 15:11-24.  It was entitled “The Lost Son” because it dealt with the younger son who went to a far away country and “squandered his property in reckless living” (13).  It was easy to identify this son as lost because his outward actionsContinue reading “The Other Lost Son (Luke 15:25-32)”

The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24)

A Man Had Two Sons… I want to tell you a story about a man who had two sons: Jim and Tim.  The youngest son, Tim, came to his dad one day and said, “Dad, I know that when you die I am going to get some money.  Can I have the money now?”  HisContinue reading “The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24)”

God’s Lost & Found (Luke 15:1-10)

In our text this morning, we come to two parables of Jesus: the parable of the Lost Sheep and the parable of the Lost Coin.  These two parables are practical stories that communicate great spiritual truth.  While the two parables are different, they both vividly illustrate the truth of John 3:16: “God so loved theContinue reading “God’s Lost & Found (Luke 15:1-10)”

Renounce All You Have (Luke 14:25-35)

Have you ever considered what it was like to be Abraham when he was told to sacrifice his only son (Genesis 22)?  Actually, you are told to do what Abraham was told.  No, you are not told to sacrifice your child.  But you are told (like Abraham) to renounce all that you have and thusContinue reading “Renounce All You Have (Luke 14:25-35)”

Offended by Grace (Luke 14:15-24)

Our text this morning is found in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, in verses 15-24.  Jesus is in the home of a Pharisee (Jewish religious leader) eating a meal on the Sabbath.  This has been a tense meal thus far because Jesus offended the religious leaders by healing a disabled man (4)Continue reading “Offended by Grace (Luke 14:15-24)”

Humility or Humiliation? (Luke 14:1-11)

This morning we shall learn about a very important topic from a very important person.  We shall sit at the feet of Jesus and learn about humility.  Our passage is found in Luke 14:1-11.  We will briefly discuss the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in verses 1-6 before spending most of our time in versesContinue reading “Humility or Humiliation? (Luke 14:1-11)”

Confident in Time of Trouble (Luke 13:31-35)

Sermon Guide“Confident in Time of Trouble”  Luke 13:31-35Sunday, October 6, 2013  This morning we shall continue our study of the Gospel of Luke as we take a look at chapter 13, verses 31-35.  In this passage we will take note of two types of opposition against Jesus and learn why He was not concerned aboutContinue reading “Confident in Time of Trouble (Luke 13:31-35)”

A Question, A Door, and A Table (Luke 13:22-30)

In our passage this morning we are told that Jesus is going “on His way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem” (22).  Jerusalem is significant because that is where He will “suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the thirdContinue reading “A Question, A Door, and A Table (Luke 13:22-30)”

Beware of Cheap Imitations (Luke 13:10-17)

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  That may or may not be true.  Sometimes imitation can be good.  I am thankful for some imitations such as “generics” (medication, food, etc.) because they usually imitate the real product well for a fraction of the cost.  Sometimes, however, imitation is notContinue reading “Beware of Cheap Imitations (Luke 13:10-17)”

Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)

The subject matter of today’s sermon is difficult because most–if not all–of us have either experienced tragedy or know someone who has. For those in the midst of tragedy, you know that there are no easy answers. As a pastor, my prayer is that you will find comfort in the midst of life’s storms fromContinue reading “Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)”