Death by LOVE

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The Gospel according to Luke | Scene VI | DEATH by LOVE
Luke 22-23 | Oct-Nov 2010
      6 weeks on the cross, the tomb & the glory of Jesus' resurrection. 

Resurrection Changes Everything | Luke 24:1-12

Date: 11.28.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Resurrection Changes Everything

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die
John 11:25 niv

The literal resurrection of Jesus is one of the most disputed claims of his life & ministry - as quite literally, the entire Christian faith hinges on its reality. Disprove the resurrection of Jesus and you the whole things falls apart. The apostle Paul says exactly that in his 1st letter to the Corinthian church... ( ‘... if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.’ I Cor 15:17)
Despite the wonder & power of the resurrection - it is all too common for Christians to emphasize the cross alone - somehow disconnecting it from the resurrection. Yet that’s not what we see in recorded biblical sermons - where the 2 always went together. The good news & glory of the empty cross & empty tomb should be the highlight of every sermon, every lesson, every song & every gathering of our community.
In this sermon, we’ll look at Jesus’ resurrection through the lens of Luke and highlight what he emphasized. In particular, the radical faith & reckless folly of the major characters who witnessed the crucifixion.
May the resurrection of Christ empower us - renew us - regenerate us - justify us - changing everything.

The Glory of the Cross

Date: 11.21.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: The Glory of the Cross | Luke 23:26-49

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11 niv

The crucifixion of Jesus is the central point of history, literally the crux of the grand narrative we find ourselves in. It is simultaneously the most painful, unjust scene - and the most glorious & beautiful. What was accomplished on the cross & in the subsequent days transformed all that was & will be. The good news & glory of the cross is the highlight of every sermon, every lesson, every song & every gathering of our community.
In this sermon, we’ll look at Jesus’ crucifixion through the lens of Luke and highlight what he emphasized. In particular, the forgiveness of Jesus, the response of the co-crucified criminals, and the response of the centurion, the crowd & the watching women.
May the cross of Christ radically transform us from the inside out - and may we live in the reality & beauty of Jesus’ death by love.

The Glory of Injustice

Date: 11.14.10
Preacher: Dennis Wilkinson
Title: The Glory of Injustice | Luke 22:66 - 23:1-25

Theology of Mockery | Luke 22:63-65

Date: 11.7.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Theology of Mockery | Luke 22:63-65

The lead up, the event & the follow-up of Jesus’ crucifixion were filled with mockery. This included verbal jabs, visual punches (the sign, the robe, the crown) & physical blows (beard-pulling, spitting, etc). The mockery of Jesus was relentless - designed to shame the person & work of the Messiah. It was also prophesied & necessary to the completion of the Missio Dei.
In this sermon we’ll look at the dynamics of mockery in the Bible & in our own context, working towards a theology of scorn. We’ll explore how mockery WAS used (both abusively-by man, & redemptively-by God), how it IS used, WHY it’s used and WHEN mockery may indeed be acceptable.

The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! Isaiah 50:5-8 niv

Darkness Falls | Luke 22:28-62

Date: 10.31.10
Preacher: Kris Martens
Title: Darkness Falls | Rejection & Response
Texts: Luke 22:28-62, Isaiah 53, Colossians 1:13, I Thess 5:4-6

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
- Jesus John 8:12 niv

One of the darkest chapters in Luke’s Gospel - chapter 22 is a relentless account of rejection. Jesus’ closest followers deny, betray & belatedly defend him - even the Father turns His back on the Son. But amidst the darkness is a glimmer of hope. Blood-stained, tear-soaked - hope. May our response to sin & separation be rooted & modeled in the person & work of our Suffering Servant.

What's the Big Deal about Dinner

Date: 10.24.10
Preacher: Dennis Wilkinson
Title: What's the Big Deal about Dinner | Luke 22:1-38