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The Gospel according to Luke:  Scene IV:: ReforMISSIONal Living [Luke 9-13]
     Jesus teaches about living the reforMISSIONAL way, through stories, miracles & modeling.


Date: 10.03.28
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 13:1-9
Title: Repent

I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, "What have I done?" Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.” Jeremiah 8:6 NIV

“Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ...willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” - Martin Luther, 1st Article of 95 theses

In a culture where self-help is viewed as legit, motivational speakers are
actually listened to, sin is diminished and the gospel is candy-coated - Jesus
steps in with a hard teaching...repentance. After spending 40 days in the desert being tempted by & defeating the devil - Jesus emerges with a clear message for the world - “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent & believe the Good News”(Gospel) (Mark 1:15). Ouch. Hard words 2000 yrs ago - and today. So what does it mean to repent - in a culture where sin is barely acknowledged? What & how do we repent if we were so inclined? Where
does Godly repentance come from - & where does it lead? What is ungodly sorrow and where does it lead? Why does it matter?

In this sermon, we’ll address the idea of repentance - from a biblical &
practical perspective - and end at the cross of Christ. The place where
Justice & Mercy meet - and through which true repentance flows - bringing
salvation, hope & meaning to all who respond to the gospel of grace.

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Greed Grace & The Gospel

Date: 10.03.21
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 12:13-34
Title: Greed, Grace & The Gospel

"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." - Jesus Luke 12:15 NIV

‘Greed is good‘ - Wall Street (1995)

Jesus talks about money, riches & greed more than any other subject - and the Bible references the poor & oppressed over 2100 times. His disciples had little question as to His priorities: kingdom living - freeing the poor,
oppressed & those in slavery - pushing back the darkness of sin, religion &
idolatry - and eventually making all things new. Many of His stories involved a contrast between rich & poor - haves & have-nots - with Jesus almost always siding with the poor while likening the rich to camels squeezing through needles. I wonder today... if the church addressed money as often & as forcefully as Jesus did with his disciples - if it would lead to empty pews or full-on revival? Maybe we should find out...
In this mornings text, Jesus will address money & greed specifically - warning us of its power, & deception over our hearts. He’ll brazenly confront our comfortable western culture - where few even acknowledge greed as an ‘issue’ - while we spend time & energy worrying about clothes, housing & food. Jesus will call for generosity, good works and being rich towards God. We will then look at the only thing able to break the power of money over us: the Gospel itself.

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Credit to pastor Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC) for some of the main points & Gospel-application.
Specifically, his sermon entitled 'treasure vs money' (May 1999).

Be Ready | The Master's Return

Date: 10.03.14
Speaker: Matt Shantz
Texts: Luke 12:35-59
Title: Be Ready | The Master's Return

...I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' Zechariah 13:9

Jesus came into the world as God’s divine plan for the redemption of the world. Jesus, on the cross, made a way for us to approach the Father: through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross, rising 3 days later. And that victory will be fully realized upon Christ’s return. He’s coming again.

A lot of people spend a lot of time trying to figure out when exactly
He will return and what exactly will happen when He does.

Scripture tells us everything that we need to know, and leaves out details that we don't. What we know is that Jesus is coming again and we are instructed [in Luke 12:35-59] to be ready.

Most practically, we are instructed to have faith in Jesus and that faith
will display itself in the way we live our day-to-day lives. Then, when
“the Master” returns, He will find us faithful and He will serve us at the
great banquet table (12:37), which is our eternity with Him!

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No Audio: Fear God & Nothing Else

Date: 10.03.07
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 12:1-12
Title: Fear God & Nothing Else

Audio: Sorry. We experienced technical difficulties this week and are unable to post this week's sermon.

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and
keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. - Solomon, Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV

The scriptures contain clear instruction on fear - but on the surface
much of it appears contradictory. Jesus and His angels regularly prefaced their proclamations with "fear not", or "do not be afraid", and John reminds us that "perfect love casts out fear" (1 Jn 1:4:18). However, there are dozens of passages that call for a healthy fear of the Lord. Throughout the old & new Covenants, the fear of the Lord is depicted in the following ways:
- the beginning of wisdom (Pr 9:10), the place of blessing (Ps128), leads to life and satisfaction (Pr 19:23)
Both Solomon & the mighty angels consider fearing God essential
- Eccles 12:13 & Rev 14:6-7
And Solomon also warns against the snare of fearing man (Pr 29:25). According to the scriptures, and particularly highlighted in Jesus? teachings throughout the Gospels, there is a critical distinction between the fear of man and the fear of the Lord.
In this sermon we will begin to unpack this idea and, by God's grace, "continue to work out (y)our salvation with fear and trembling." Phil 2:12

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Woe Is Thee

Date: 10.02.28
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 11:37-54
Title: Woe Is Thee

Throughout history men & women have sought to hide their hearts from Jesus while putting on the appearance that all is well. While this may fool some people, it never fools Jesus. He relentlessly
pursues our hearts with his tenacious, ferocious love. He gently addresses those who approach him in humility & brokenness - but to those who approach with religion and put up barriers to His life - Jesus goes Old Testament.
In this sermon we'll look at Jesus and some religious leaders & teachers. It'll be a contrast between the burden & drudgery of religion and the grace & joy of the Gospel. My prayer is that it leads to repentance - for those who struggle with sin & for those who struggle with religion. The cross of Christ is big enough for both - and His grace is deep enough to transform the most broken, and most religious sinner.

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The Prayer of Jesus

Date: 10.02.21
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 11:1-13
Title: The Prayer of Jesus

One of the greatest gifts given to the Christ-follower is that of prayer: communicating with God in a real & personal way.
Luke's Gospel is filled with accounts of Jesus praying & teaching on prayer. Tragically, prayer has become a subject of much guilt & avoidance in the Christian church today. Frankly, many Christians remain in a state of spiritual immaturity because they have an undeveloped prayer life - only talking with God when in crisis or when busted. Some feel intimidated by those who pray with great eloquence & skill -
not realizing that Jesus taught repeatedly on the folly of such a spectacle.
In this sermon we'll look at the WHAT - WHEN - WHERE of prayer and then unpack the HOW using the pattern of prayer
Jesus taught his disciples. Commonly known as "the Lord's prayer" it would be more aptly named: the disciples prayer. It puts our entire lives & the very nature of God & man in proper, biblical perspective. My prayer is that it leads to a revival in the practice, perseverance & priority of prayer.

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Seeing With New Eyes

Date: 10.01.24
Speaker: James Bonney
Texts: Luke 11:14-37
Title: Seeing With New Eyes

"Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body is also full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness." Luke 11:34

Have you ever missed the point before? So many people go through life missing the point and end up making certain things (family, success, money, miracles, knowledge stuff) ultimate, when in reality those are designed to point to a greater reality and object of Worship.
In this story the people around Jesus miss the point, because how they see reality is not centred on what God has created man to center their lives upon Himself.
It is in this passage that we see with new eyes as Jesus aligns us up with Him and how He's designed things to be. The Kingdom of God is a reality that Jesus is ushering in and it's right in from of them. However, they miss the point. Will you?

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No Audio: Captivated | One Essential Thing

Date: 10.01.31
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 10:38-42
Title: Captivated | One Essential Thing

Audio: Sorry. We experienced technical difficulties this week and are unable to post this week's sermon.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven...a time to be silent and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b

Our culture is filled with distractions. On billboards, flat-screens, PC's & iPhones - a seemingly constant barrage of noise is hurled our way - feeding our insatiable appetite for activity & general busy-ness.
It's exhausting & relentless. Enter Jesus.
In this short story, Luke depicts two siblings' response to a visit by their friend and Lord. One sister is the responsible host - busy with preparations & well-intentioned service for her guests. While the other is shown sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening. Jesus' response to the two sisters is startling and culturally radical - in their day and in ours.
After encouraging His followers to go out with their words & actions (Gospel messaging & neighbouring), Jesus now explains where the strength to do so comes from. May we, like Mary, be found at His feet with open ears, open hearts & open hands. And may our service flow from our time spent with Jesus.

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The Compassionate Eye

Date: 10.01.24
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 10:25-37
Title: The Compassionate Eye

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8

The parable of the good Samaritan is one of Jesus most famous, most embraced & most controversial. It puts flesh & blood on the greatest commandments: to love God and love our neighbours. And in doing so, challenges the religious and the well-intentioned: those with big heads - big hearts & big hands. In the parable, Jesus emphasizes that both Gospel messaging (preaching & teaching) & Gospel neighbouring (mercy & justice) are essential to this new way of living.
May we embrace His call and his challenge to proclaim the spiritual reality of Jesus - engaging the minds of our neighbours, and to do so with radical compassion - meeting the physical needs of our neighbours, near & far. And may we see ourselves as the broken & needy, and Jesus as the Great Samaritan - who at great cost, reconciled us through the cross.

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The Urban Harvest

Date: 10.01.17
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 10:1-24
Title: The Urban Harvest

Summary: Jesus, the sent & sending One, sends his people as ambassadors of his Kingdom. He's already done this with his 12 closest disciples (Luke 9:1-6). In Luke 10, He now sends 72 out to the harvest field. Same mission - same message - same outcome....captives are set free from Satan-sin-death (physical healing & spiritual revival ensues).
In this sermon we'll consider WHY Jesus sent them (& sends us), WITH WHAT did Jesus send them (& us), and WHO did Jesus send (the character, competency & child-likeness of His followers). We'll end at the glorious cross of Christ - foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:18

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Count The Cost

Date: 10.01.10
Speaker: Kris Martens
Texts: Luke 9:51-62
Title: Count The Cost