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Luke Scene V: KINGDOM

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The Gospel according to Luke | Scene V | KINGDOM
Luke 13-21 |  April-August & Oct 2010
       Jesus teaches on the Mission & the Kingdom - that has come and is yet coming.

Signs & Stands | Luke 21:5-38

Date: 10.17.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Signs & Stands | Luke 21:5-38

Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. - Jesus
Luke 21:7-11 niv

Few areas of theology elicit more intrigue, passion and controversy than that of the end times (eschatology). In Jesus’ final conversation before his Last Supper, He goes big - reminding his followers of His end-time prophecies while inspiring never-ending Christian-fiction series. Specifically, we know that the Temple and Jerusalem will be destroyed, that there will be tremendous signs in the heavens & on the earth, and that the Lord will indeed return in Glory. Remarkable detail is given in relation to persecution, causing many to speculate on timelines, world events & the end times.
Yet all we can truly be confident of are these: Jesus will return. None of us know when. We’ll all meet Him. It would be good to be ready.

Cleverness & Clarity | Luke 20:27-40

Date: 10.10.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Cleverness & Clarity

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4,12-14 niv

There are innumerable objections people hold to discount, minimize, marginalize & otherwise reject the person & work of Jesus. While most in our city are open to Jesus as a good teacher (rabbi), or simply as the dude cruising around the middle east, wearing a flowing gown and throwing out pithy statements about life while sipping a chai latte - everybody’s cool with that Jesus. But it gets sketchy when you consider what Jesus actually taught about himself - and the implications & authority from a man who claimed to be God. This week we’ll see a futile attempt at entrapment by a group of religious Jewish men, Sadducee’s, who denied the resurrection. More importantly, we’ll see Jesus turn their cleverness on its head - bringing Gospel clarity - and either silence or repentance to his critics. S.D.G.

Messengers & Madness | Luke 20:9-18

Date: 10.08.29
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Messengers & Madness | parable of wicked tenants

ANGER & AUTHORITY | Luke 19:41-48

Date: 10.08.08
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 19:41-20:8
Title: Anger & Authority

What to do with what you're given | Luke 19_11-28

Date: 10.07.25
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 19:11-28
Title: What to do with what we're given

All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' "
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
Luke 19:7-10 niv

Possession & Provision Luke 18_18-30

Date: 10.07.18
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 18:18-30
Title: Possession & Provision

A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'" "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Luke 18:18-22

RELENTLESS | prayerful nagging &prideful posturing

Date: 10.07.11
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 18:1-14, 35-42
Title: RELENTLESS| prayerful nagging & prideful posturing

And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

KINGDOM | the end of the world as we know it

Date: 10.06.13
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 17:20-37
Title: KINGDOM| the end of the world as we know it

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is among you."
Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.
- Jesus
Luke 17:20-23 NIV

WATCH YOURSELF | folly forgiveness & faith

Date: 10.06.06
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 17:1-19
Title: WATCH YOURSELF| folly, forgiveness & faith

Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.  "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him." The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" - Jesus
Luke 17:1-5 NIV

WHAT NOW | living with the end in view

Date: 10.05.30
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 16:1-31
Title: What shall I do now? | Living with the end in view

The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
- Jesus
Luke 16:8-9 NIV

The Kingdom of God is one of those big ideas woven through the entire Bible. Throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus repeatedly describes the Kingdom through stories about common events & customs. In this passage, we'll see Him teach about the kingdom through an intriguing, profound, and somewhat confusing parable. Known as the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, this story is rarely taught on for reasons readily seen. But however awkward this unique account, its point rings clear throughout the Gospels - and its lesson is as challenging today as it was when first spoken.

Note: For an expository sermon on Luke 16:19-31, see our QuestionReality sermon archives from March 22, 2009.
<a href="/qry/page.taf?id=107">HERE</a>
Sermon entitled:
What the Hell | of judgment, wrath, hell, fire & El Diablos red stretchy-pants

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Don't Drink the Kool-Aid

Date: 10.05.23
Speaker: Brad Sumner, Jericho Ridge Church
Texts: Luke 16:10-16
Title: Don't drink the Kool-Aid

For 3 sermons on Luke 15 | LOST, mosey on over...
<a href="/qry/page.taf?id=181">HERE</a>

Invitation | to the scandalous party

Date: 10.04.25
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 14:12-24
Title: Invitation | to the scandalous party

"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and
make them come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' - Jesus, Luke 14:23-24

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. - Jesus, Rev 22:17

The Kingdom of God is one of those ‘big ideas’ woven through the entire Bible. Throughout the Gospels accounts, Jesus repeatedly describes the Kingdom through stories about common events & customs. In this passage, we’ll see Him teach about the kingdom in terms of a great feast - a wedding
banquet. And we’ll see that in many ways the banquet is scandalous.

Through the text in Luke 14, we’ll see:
1. that Jesus invites us to a free party (v12-17)
2. that despite the invitation the party surprises many (18-20)
3. that the invitation list is filled with party-crashers (13,21-22)
4. that we have a role in distributing the invitations (21-23)
5. that the party will be packed out (23)

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Date: 10.04.18
Speaker: Matt Shantz
Texts: Luke 14:7-11; 18:9-14
Title: Humble: If You Think You Are, You Probably Aren't

“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23:12 NIV

“Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.” Charles H Spurgeon

While our society tells us that we should jostle for the best positions and be full of self-interest in order to succeed, Jesus makes it clear throughout the gospels that God’s Kingdom works completely differently. Rather than be full of self-interest, Jesus commands us to be self- sacrificing. Rather than be served from lofty positions, we are to be meek and serve others.

When Jesus told parables there was often a religious person and a “sinful person”. To the shock of His hearers, the “sinner” was the one whose sins would be forgiven, who would be accepted by God. Again this is the case. The proud, God will make low. The humble, God will exalt.

And true Christians humility finds itself at the cross of Jesus. We are humbled when the cross is in view because we recognize our dependence on the grace of God. It is there that we receive grace and it is there that we find peace.

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Kingdom | Small Seeds & Narrow Doors

Date: 10.04.11
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 13:18-35
Title: Kingdom | Small Seeds & Narrow Doors

This, then, is how you should pray:
"'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Jesus, Matthew 6::9-10 NIV

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
- Jesus, Matthew 4:13 NIV

The Kingdom of God is one of those ‘big ideas’ woven through the entire Bible. Prophets foretold it - wars were fought for over it - people died for it - Jesus came to proclaim & establish it - and there remains much confusion around it. The King of Kings and His Kingdom.
For much of Scene V through our study of Luke’s Gospel account, this will
be the big theme. The Kingdom of God that is here, near & coming. The
Kingdom that is both the journey & the destination.

In this sermon, we’ll look at the historical, future & present perspective of the Kingdom. Through the text in Luke 13, we’ll see:
1. the mystery & reality of the Kingdom [past]
2. the mystery surrounding who’s in & who’s not [future]
3. some straightforward implications for us all [present]

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