The Sermon on the Mount: Introduction (Matthew 5-7)

After Jesus was baptized by John and spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, He traveled through Galilee teaching “in their synagogues…proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matt 4:23). He was so popular that a large crowd followed Jesus and “seeingContinue reading “The Sermon on the Mount: Introduction (Matthew 5-7)”

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)”

Priorities (Philippians 1:21)

This morning we will pause our study of the Gospel of Luke in order to prepare our hearts for next week’s “Show Me” High Attendance Sunday.  Do not let the name fool you; the primary emphasis is not just about getting a high attendance.  While we want high attendance, our primary emphasis is to buildContinue reading “Priorities (Philippians 1:21)”

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 13:31-35 Sunday, 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 notContinue 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)”

What is the Kingdom of God Like? (Luke 13:18-21)

This morning we shall discuss two parables about the kingdom of God found in Luke 13:18-21: He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and becameContinue reading “What is the Kingdom of God Like? (Luke 13:18-21)”

Jesus: The Great Divider (Luke 12:49-53)

Who said the following? I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but ratherContinue reading “Jesus: The Great Divider (Luke 12:49-53)”

Discernment (Luke 12:54-56)

Why do service stations put those stickers on the driver’s side of the windshield?  They know people are busy and they hope that the owner of the car will lift his eyes occasionally and remember that a certain action must occur at a specific time.  Normally it is a reminder that the oil needs toContinue reading “Discernment (Luke 12:54-56)”

Be Ready (Luke 12:35-48)

About a month ago, I noticed one day that a Tornado Watch was issued for most of Southeast Missouri.  I did not think much of it at the time because I have found that Tornado Watches are very common in Southeast Missouri.  Later that night, when the wind began to blow very hard, I quickly turnedContinue reading “Be Ready (Luke 12:35-48)”