Sermons on Luke
In Luke chapter two, an angel announced the “good news” of Jesus’ birth to shepherds in a field (Luke 2:10), a passage that has since become a standard Christmas tableau. Imagery of angels, shepherds, and sheep during the Christmas season intends to focus people on Jesus, but those familiar scenes often fail to capture the disconnect between the announcements of good news and the reality of Jesus’ birth and life. This lesson takes advantage of Christmas’ focus on Jesus’ birth to help us think about why it is “good news”, why some struggled to understand it in his day, and what it means for us today.
Luke 12:23 — We generally associate November with Thanksgiving, a holiday that emphasizes thankfulness and family. The usual festive mood associated with Thanksgiving, however, sit uneasily in front of the problems troubling our nation this year – the pandemic, economic hardships, apocalyptic-like wildfires, nation-wide protests, and racial and political violence. While our situation might seem unusual and worrisome to us, the Bible offers a picture of life that gives us reason to be thankful regardless of our circumstances. So, this month, we are considering some of the reasons that motivate our thankfulness even in our challenging times. This lesson continues the series by examining the second reason for our thankfulness – We are thankful because there is a life after this life.
Luke 24: 36-49 Certain beliefs and practices define us as a religious group in our thinking and the thinking of other religious groups. Because we have a responsibility to be “prepared to make a defense” for the things we believe (1 Peter 3:15), we need to have a conversational understanding of our beliefs and practices that we can share with others. This lesson begins a series looking at some of the more obvious beliefs and practices that tend to define us, things like baptism, communion, and music in worship, and will offer a biblical explanation for them. We begin our series in an obvious and foundational place; we begin with our convictions about the Bible: We believe God composed the Bible to tell the sweeping story of His relationship with humanity, a story that centers on Jesus and that provides the foundation for our beliefs and practices.
This lesson, delivered on our first Sunday the 151st Street church family returned to worshipping in the building after a long absence due to the coronavirus, explores parallels between our time away and the theme of exile in the Bible as a way of helping us think about our current situation. Luke 4: 16-21
Luke 1:26-33 — Nativity scenes portray Jesus’ birth but they often present it in ways that loses the tensions that surrounded that event. This lesson takes advantage of the holiday season to consider the contrasting circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth and how they establish a pattern that defined his life and offer a patter that should also shape our lives.
Untethered Luke 15:1-2 This is a family talk about wisely preparing ourselves to be set loose into a captivating online & digital landscape. The Bible offers Godly thinking and wisdom for how and when we engage in life online.
Luke 9:23-26 The four gospels repeatedly record Jesus warning the crowds of interested people who listened to him about the high cost associated with following him. This lesson considers that cost and its meaning for our lives.
Luke 10:38-42 Surveys reveal that a high percentage of mothers report feeling stressed, tired, and over committed. This lesson will explore some of the ways Jesus offers mothers (and all of us) a way to deal with those feelings while continuing to live in a fallen world that seeks to create those emotions.
Luke 9:57-62: God has given Jesus “all authority in heaven and on earth” and he invites us to submit ourselves to his rule. But both his rule and his kingdom within which he exercises his rule often differs from our expectations.
Scripture: Luke 24:1-12 If the crucifixion unlocks the door of the gospel, even the unlocked door would have remained closed without the resurrection, and much of the biblical story would be meaningless. Old Testament prophecies and New Testament preaching give great prominence to the resurrection. The crucifixion was a powerful and necessary event, but alone, it left the disciples frustrated and afraid. Even before the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2, the disciples had been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus.
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus was raised in Nazareth, a community of God-fearing people. This was nothing to be ashamed of. Yet, God-fearing does not mean immune to doubting what one believes. In Luke 4, Jesus returned to his own people. Despite making a good impression through His wisdom, power and use of Scripture, this homecoming ends in anger, frustration and violence. Jesus’ attempts to help his hometown see God’s truth, but they choose to reject Jesus as God’s Messiah. Doubt does not have to end in disbelief. We can be faithful in uncertainty. We can also accept the challenge of aligning our beliefs with what is true and pleasing to God.
Genesis 4 Luke 24:25 and Psalm 103:11-13 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.”