Luke Scene III: Authority

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The Gospel according to Luke:  Scene III :: AUTHORITY [Luke 7-9]
     The authority of Jesus Word is highlighted through miracles, signs & stories.  



Date: 10.25.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-10; 2 Pet. 1:16-18; John 1:14; 2 Cor. 3:7-18; Heb. 1:3, Psalm 24:7-10


The transfiguration comes at a point where perspective is needed. Jesus has just predicted his passion, a way that includes suffering, rejection and death. He has revealed a shocking truth that his way involves going to the cross and he calls his followers to do the same. Jesus reveals that his identity includes being a crucified messiah.

Now on the mountain with Peter, John, and James, Jesus reveals another part of his identity the glorified Son of God. On the mountain we are given a vantage point, a view that looks backwards and forwards: back to Israels story in the Old Testament and forward to Jesus empty tomb and the ascension, where Jesus stands in glory at Gods right hand. After Jesus reveals that his journey involves going to the cross, he reveals what will follow the cross- resurrection.

The transfiguration provides a glimpse at the only source of hope for the transfiguring of a disfigured world. Here we see more clearly who Jesus is, as the transfiguration reveals the ultimate goal of his journey to the cross. And its too much to take in.


Date: 10.18.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Matt 10:38, 16:17-28, Mark 8:30-38, John 12:24, Luke 9:18-27, Rom 12:1-2, 1 Cor 3:11, 2 Cor 4:11, 12:8-10, Gal 6:14, Heb 12:1-3


If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save him life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. Jesus (Luke 9:23-24 niv)

One day, after Jesus had spent time with His Father praying, he asked his followers some tough questions: Who do the crowds say I am, and what about you? He knows they dont fully understand His identity yet, but like a good teacher He reveals in clarifying terms the path He is on. Notably, on His way to suffer & die on the cross- and then rise to live on the third day. His brothers dont take too kindly to Jesus hard words. Thats not what they were expecting thats not the role of the Messiah... right?

He then challenges his brothers (& us) with a call to suffering. A call to take up our cross, deny our selfish ambition, and follow Jesus wholeheartedly. It is on this reality of suffering & cross-bearing that this sermon will focus. Specifically on the reality that our spiritual journey will come at a great cost & likely with much pain. Its the way of Jesus its the way of the cross it is the way.
Death comes before life. Life comes through death. Jesus for us. This is a radically & ridiculously counter-cultural idea and one worth deeply reflecting upon. In a city that appears to have gained the whole world but has lost itself... are your expectations lined up with the world, or with Jesus?

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Jesus (Luke 9:25 niv)

Suffer well.


Date: 11.10.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Matthew 14:15021, Mark 6:35-44, John 6:4-13, Luke 9:1-17, John 6:25-51, John 20:21, Luke 6:13-16, 1:37


Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. Jesus (John 6:35, niv)

Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. Jesus (John 20:21, niv)

Lukes gospel is the missionary gospel. Over & over Luke depicts Jesus choosing, training, and then sending his followers out to do His will. It is clear that we follow a sent & sending God (John 20:21).

In Luke 9, well se Jesus sending his boys out poorly equipped it would seem to preach & heal, from village to village. He has given them power & authority so it is likely that many respond well to this Jesus. When the disciples report back to Jesus, theyre probably feeling pretty good about themselves. Thinking: Hey we preached, the people we healed... Jesus you should have seen us... But Jesus sends them out again, not village to village but to the crowd simply to feed them. A logistical and economical nightmare, for sure. 15-20 000 men, women & children far from Safeway, Subway & Starbucks not an easy task. It is a test of the disciples faith. They have seen the power & authority of Jesus up close & personal. Theyve seen his authority over wind, waves & even death. They have just been used by Him to heal & transform lives with His Gospel. Is it too much to believe He could feed a hungry mob? On their own power, yes it is. But Jesus teaches that it is not the mission strategy, effort spent or even willingness but what (who) you have to offer that feeds hungry souls. He will go on to call Himself the Bread of Life. And it is He alone who satisfies hungry bodies & souls, then & now.

For nothing is impossible with God. the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:37)


Date: 04.10.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 5:20, 7:9, 7:50, 8:25, 8:40-56, 12:28, 17:5-6, 17:19, 18:42, Luke 22:32, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 11 & 12, James 2:14-18


Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see... And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:1, 6 niv

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? But someone will say, You have faith; I have deed. Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2:14

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

Faith is a funny thing. On one hand, simple. Confident trust in & reliance on the person & work of Jesus. But on the other hand, infinitely complex mysterious the gift of salvation & the awakening in the heart to the gift of grace. A faith that saves.

Throughout Luke we have seen story after story of healing & forgiveness, with Jesus speaking the words of life: your faith has healed/saved/forgiven you. Go in peace. This week we look at 2 more examples of saving faith and delve into the Scriptures to find a faith borne out of discontentment & desperation. When life needs to change faith in Jesus is awakened. May w pray for discontented hearts that cry out for the words & touch of Jesus.

The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith! Luke 17:5


Date: 27.09.09
Speaker: Russ Otterbein
Texts: Lk 8:22-39, Ro 13, 8:15


Jesus grabs attention, healing, saving, and transforming lives. He heals a man filled with a legion of demons, casting the demons out and allowing them to go into a herd of pigs. He was so changed, he started wearing clothes. Now thats radical healing.
All the people of the Gerasenes were so terrified by the power of Jesus evidenced in this mans life, that they asked Jesus to leave their region. Who is this Jesus?


Date: 13.09.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 7:29-50


Date: 06.09.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 7:18-28, Isaiah 61


John the Baptist was stuck in prison, hungry and feeling abandoned. He sends some of his friends to Jesus to check, You are the one, arent you? The message Jesus responds with is one of hope, but not necessarily hope for this world. The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Jesus didnt release John from his prison and set the captives free. That part of the prophesy in Isaiah 61 is for a time yet to come.

Sometimes we have the best laid plans, but all too often they get shaken up. And we will too if our hope isnt in Jesus, and if He isnt the rock on which we stand. When your plans are changed, how do you respond? In this message, Pastor Kris looks at our mission in the city, where we came from and where we are headed, with Jesus at the helm of the boat, steering the ship.


Date: 30.08.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 5:17-26, 7:1-17
Title: REDNECKS on the ROOF

When four rednecks, rough around the edges, unorthodox and inventive, brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus, it was their faith that so impressed Jesus that upon seeing it, He forgave the man on the mat his sins. Then to show that not only could the Christ forgive sins, but do more than we could ever ask or imagine, Jesus goes and heals the man as well, commanding "take up your mat and go."

This and two other stories of faith in Jesus authority are brought under Lances scrutiny as he breaks it down for us, explaining how Gospel is freedom. When our creator God says "Do not fear," He is creating courage in us, because every time God speaks, He creates. Jesus continues to amaze us as he is constantly interrupted and responds with compassion. Take some time to look at Jesus, and consider how His life may be interrupting yours.