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Luke Scene 1: Resistance

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The Gospel according to Luke:  Scene I :: RESISTANCE [Luke 1-3]
     The landed invasion of the Prince of Peace.  A resistance movement begins.


BIGGER: Barns Bling & Benevolence

Date: 5.31.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 12:13-21, 34; 18:18-27; Col 3:5-6, 1 Tim 6:17-19; Eccl 5; 2 Tim 2:10; 2 Cor 9:6-8; Prov 30:8-9; Ephesians 2:10; Heb 10:23-25, Jam 1:27

Title: BIGGER: Barns, Bling & Benevolence

...And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
- Jesus
Luke 12:19-21 niv

I donít care too much for money...for money canít buy me love. - the Beatles

Money. Greed. Stewardship. Generosity.
Roughly 25% of Jesusí teachings have to do with our financial stewardship - how we handle, spend & invest money. The Scriptures are clear that wealth is not the issue - righteousness (being right with God) is.

We are either:
1) rich & righteous
2) rich & unrighteous
3) poor & righteous
4) poor & unrighteous.

While nobody wants to be the latter - there are some who have fallen prey to the idea that all wealth is sinful - or their wealth has distracted them from their need to be righteous.

Either way - in these financially tumultuous times, Jesusí teachings ring as true as they did when first spoken.† That all of our resources come from God - and that He calls us to a life of radical generosity. And that as Christians, we are to be rich indeed - towards God - not ourselves.

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Date: 5.24.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 3:21-26; John 3:29, Matt 3:13-15; 28:19-20; 1 Cor 15:3; Romans 6:3-4; 8:15-17; Acts 8:36-39; 2:37-41; Ephesians 4:4-6

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Luke 3:21-22 niv

How do you identify yourself? With whom do you identify?

The concept of baptism has much to do with our identity how we see ourselves how God sees us how the world sees us. Its about our old identity and our new identity.

This week we focus on the baptism of Jesus - what it meant in the 1st century - and its practical implication for us today. The message will do double-duty acting as both the sermon and in lieu of a separate baptism class. For those who are Christians and haven't yet been baptized, this will be an exercise in asking why not. For those who are not yet Christians, hopefully this will answer some questions about the identity and character of a Christian.

Baptism defined: The Christian act of immersing a believer under water and then bringing him or her up out of the water. It is a practical representation of the Gospel of Jesus, as the person being baptized is plunged beneath the water (death) and brought forth (new life) in the same way that Jesus was buried in the earth, and resurrected on their behalf in forgiveness of their sins.

1. Baptism is about Jesus not about us.
2. Baptism is commanded by Jesus
3. Baptism symbolizes and expresses our identity with Jesus
4. HOW? Baptism is done by immersion under water
5. WHEN? Immediately or shortly thereafter and once
6. WHO should be baptized? Christians. All of them.

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Date: 5.17.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 2:21-52

Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Simeon (Luke 2:34b, 35)

How does Jesus affect you? How do you respond to His name, life, mission & message?

The name 'Jesus' was not uncommon (Joshua or Yeshua). It literally means "the Lord Saves".
'Christ' means chosen or anointed one.
So when we use the name 'Jesus Christ' it simply means 'The Chosen One who Saves".
When Jesus was only 40 days old, He was recognized by two geriatric Jesus-freaks. Simeon picked him up, danced a jig, declared that his eyes had seen salvation, and that now he could die in peace. Anna, the equivalent of our tamborine-waving charismatic friends, sees the baby Jesus and becomes an evangelist - telling people about this God who Saves.
But the religious, the educated, the serious bible-thumpers...missed Him altogether. They only saw another baby boy at the temple. Simeon & Anna heard the whisper of the Holy Spirit - they saw Salvation.

At age 12, Jesus hangs out with those same religious leaders - teaching, listening & questioning them in the Temple. When his mother and Joseph came looking for him, anxious & exhausted, he simply responded: Did you not know I had to be about my Fathers business? (Luke 2:49).

So what IS the Father's business?
The following passages can get us started in the right direction:
Colossians 1:15-20 | Luke 4:17-20,43 | Luke 19:10 | John 3:16-17; 10:10; 18:37 | 1 John 3:8 | Mark 2:17 | Colossians 3:23
Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, to reconcile people to Himself, and to make all things new.
How? By the cross. Where justice & mercy meet.


Date: 5.10.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 1:13-17, 67-80; 3:1-14, Matt 3: 11:11-12; Mark 11-8; John 16-9; Deuteronomy 18:15; Malachi 4:5-6; Isaiah 40:3-5


A voice of one calling in the desert,
Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
And all mankind will see Gods salvation. Luke 3:4-6 (from Isaiah 40:3-5)

On this Mother's Day weekend, we're given a wonderful example of Godly motherhood from Elizabeth, John's mother. After literally decades of prayer, God answers her prayer for a child and she is given a son who, next to Jesus, is the greatest man ever (Matt 11:11-12)

This week we focus on the prophecy, the life & teaching of John the baptizer. On the surface, John appears more than a bit unstable and would probably be diagnosed with some hyperactivity disorder if he grew up in our day. He walks the line between bold & crazy. But he is filled with the Holy Spirit, is available to God, has great courage & humility. Hes got nothing but Gods call, Gods Spirit & the Bible. At around age 30 he emerges - wearing leather; on a diet of bugs and honey, & yelling at people the simple message: Repent! Turn from sin & turn towards God!

Remarkably, his message resonated with many - and John baptized people in preparation for the Messiah. But, not surprisingly, his message was not received so well by the religious or political leaders. And in the end, John preached for only a year, was put in prison, and eventually beheaded because of the insane sexual lust of the current king Herod.

John the baptist, the cousin of Jesus, plays an important role in preparing the people to receive the Messiah. He is a herald whose life & teaching points us to Jesus. And his is a reminder of how God uses our lives, our words, our families, our actions, our career to herald Jesus to the world.
The Good News, from the 1st century to the 21st, is the same...
Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near. (Matt 4:17)

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Date: 5.03.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 1:5-38; v57-66, Matt 6:14; 7:7-8, Jer 29:11-13, Rom 8:28, John 3:16, Phil 1:6, Ps 23; 127:3-5, Isa 40, Prov 16:9, 2 Pet 3:9


Summary: Most Christians are familiar with some of Gods promises (Rom 8:28, Jer 29:11, John 3:16, etc). We slap them on bumper stickers, T-shirts, coffee mugs and such but perhaps we have gotten too familiar with them... perhaps their amazing claims don't amaze and encourage us as they once did. If so, our response needs to change.

As we continue our journey through the Gospel according to Luke, we come upon this amazing scene where God seems to make some ridiculous - almost absurd promises - to some very faithful people. We'll see in Zechariah, Elizabeth & Mary three very different responses to Gods Word & work: Doubt, Joy & Humble Courageous Faith. Each of them provides a lesson for our life & community.

What becomes remarkably clear is that, as the angel Gabriel reminds us,
Nothing is impossible with God.
What God has promised, He will do. In His way. In His time. He does not lie. He is a truth-teller.
And nothing is impossible for Him.
We can count on it. We can count on Him.

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Date: 4.19.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 1:1-4, Luke 4:14-21, Luke 19:10, Colossians 4:10-14, 2 Timothy 4:9-11, Philemon 1:24


Summary: Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1-4 NIV

This week we launch out on our journey through the Gospel according to Luke. Luke, the only non Jewish (Gentile) author in the New Testament, wrote more of the New Testament than any other, including Paul, and his 2 books (Luke & Acts) comprise a detailed & reliable account of the life & teachings of Jesus, and the life & mission of the church.

In this first sermon well introduce Luke as the physician, Greek historian, and skeptic turned disciple. Well also look ahead at some of the major themes of the book, including: Gods sovereignty over history, the arrival of the Kingdom, the power of prayer, the danger of riches, and the reality of the Holy Spirit. Lukes gospel is the most interested in the great reversal where the first become last; the proud are brought low; the humble are lifted up, and the poor become rich. Much emphasis is given to the marginalized in society; the poor, the outcasts, sinners & Samaritans. Some of the most famous of Jesus parables including the prodigal sons, the good Samaritan, the persistent widow, Zacchaeus and the Christmas shepherds are found only in Lukes account.

As a man trained in science, observation & critical thinking Luke is the ideal writer of a Gospel account for our time & place. Luke asks tough questions and digs deep as He attempts to compel his intended audience (past & present) of the greatness of Jesus and the reliability of His Word. While refuting legalism & the ridiculousness of religion, Luke repeatedly makes truth claims, portraying Jesus as the ultimate Truth teller. The one unifying factor in Luke, as with Reality, is the person of Jesus and His mission to seek & save the lost (Luke 19:10).

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