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Luke Scene II: Revolution

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The Gospel according to Luke:  Scene II :: REVOLUTION [Luke 4-6]
     The revolution begins as Jesus is baptized and begins teaching around his hometown.



Date: 23.08.09
Speaker: Russ Otterbein
Texts: Luke 6:43-49

We all bear fruit, and our close family and friends are the ones who notice most if it is good fruit or bad. The fruit is what makes up our reputation. You could be known for your thankful attitude, or for badmouthing your family like everyone else does. The question that Russ helps us struggle through today is Do people see a different paradigm in my life? or put another way, Does my life evidence anything different? Because evidence, not words, is the fruit.


Date: 16.08.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 6:37-42, James 4:11-12, Romans 8:1, Luke 15:11-32
Title: PLANK and SPECK

Pixar's "For the Birds" short film shows our natural US vs THEM mentality, where we draw lines between who’s hot and who’s not, who has talent, who doesn’t, who’s in and who’s out. It is a culture of judges, which stands directly in the face of what Jesus preached and is oft quoted saying: “Judge not lest you be judged.” (Who says lest anymore?)

Jesus says “Do not judge.” This doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to be discerning and wise or have standards and accountability, but is against judgmentalism – making pronouncements about someone with the absence of mercy. Jesus will judge the earth someday in grace, mercy, and holiness. Our God is rich in mercy and His people are called to be a reflection of Him. Forgiving. Loving. Merciful. and Full of Grace.


Date: 9.08.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 6:27-36, Acts 7:54-60

Today’s question is ‘What is love?’ In Jesus’ sermon on the plain he answered this question in a way that was completely unexpected by his hearers. Jesus changed the rules and showed us a different way to live than our natural, retaliating, vengeful selves would choose.

When someone offends us and hurts us, we are called by God to respond with love. This is not a call to allow injustice to happen to the poor, marginalized and those weaker than ourselves, but to not demand our own individual rights be met. Jesus says “Give to everyone who asks. If someone asks for your jacket, give him your shirt as well. Be generous.”

How do we live this out? How do we overcome our desire to retaliate? Does this mean we are supposed to be allow ourselves to be taken advantage of?

Let’s look at the example of Stephen, and see how a true Jesus follower lives and dies this truth.


Date: 7.26.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens

"Don't teach me about moderation and liberty, I prefer a shot of grape juice." Derek Webb

Today we start off with the song "A New Law" by Derek Webb, a tongue in cheek story about how the religious establishment has us given rules to live by that Jesus never lived by, and never condoned. But how did Jesus live? And if He was living on Earth today, would I want to go to a BBQ with him? In this scene, we check out Jesus at a wedding feast, performing His first public miracle and teaching about how He has a new life planned for us. A life not full of rules, but ruled by love and truth.


Date: 7.19.09
Speaker: Johannes Gebhardt


Healing on the Sabbath? Jesus was good at confounding the religious experts of His day, and healing a man with a crippled hand on the holy day was enough to get them up in arms in this passage. For some of us, its hard enough to comprehend miracles of healing, much less why anyone would be upset about this happening on a Saturday. Johannes breaks it down for us, explaining Sabbath and this Jesus we keep talking about. Why did He come? How did Jesus live out this mission? How do we extend Jesus mission of love and restoration to our world?


Date: 7.05.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 5:12-16

Why breaking the rules and ignoring the norms has everything to do with it.

In contrast to the traditional view that uncleanliness was contagious, Jesus regarded holiness/wholeness as contagious. The Physician is not overcome by those who are ill, but rather overcomes their illness. Holiness for Jesus was not something to be protected; rather it was God's miraculous power of transformation. Gods holiness cannot be soiled; rather, it is a cleansing and healing agent. It does not need to be shut up and quarantined in the temple; it is now, through Jesus healings and fellowship with the despised and rejected, breaking out in the world to transform it. - Walter Wink

Jesus continues his overturning of the kingdom of sin, death, and the devil. Here we read of Jesus healing a leper a man completely cut-off from the rest of the society. Jesus said that he had good news for the outsiders and the oppressed and now were going to see what that news looks like: physical, social, and spiritual restoration. Jesus shows us that He is willing to heal this man.

Lukes stories are showing Jesus' gospel in action. Jesus is bringing people back to Gods good intentions - healed and whole, forgiven and connected.

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Date: 6.28.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Matt 4:18-22, 9:10-13, 11:28-30, 14:29-31, 28:18-20, Luke 5:1-11, 5:27-32, 6:12-16, John 1:35-51, 13:13-15, 15:16, Acts 4:13, 1 Pet 2:9

Title: THE CALL, THE CALLER & THE CALLED: To fish & follow

Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch....
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break... When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus knees and said, Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man! Then Jesus said to Simon, Dont be afraid; from now on you will catch men. So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Luke 5:4,6,7,10-11 niv

There's this crazy scene (Matt 14) where Peter, Jesus lead disciple, sees Jesus walking on water and decides to give it a go himself. The story has a soggy ending - but the idea of Peter wanting to be like his rabbi is the big idea of this weeks passage in Luke.

In Luke 5 & 6 we're introduced to the call (follow me), the Caller (Jesus) & the called (broken, sinful & ordinary people - like us). This idea of discipleship - following the Rabbi (teacher) - is essential to the whole Gospel message & mission, and is one of the threads that weaves its way through the Gospel according to Luke.

We'll look at the various accounts of Jesus calling his disciples, what it meant & means to be a follower, what a yoke is and how it's carried (Matt 11:28-30), and the reality that it is the Caller who calls, or chooses us - not the other way around (John 15:16).

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 niv

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Date: 6.7.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 4:1-15; Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 2:18; 1 Cor. 10:13; James 1:12-15

The story begins in the garden - a place of life and abundance that God has created and sustained. There, people lived connected with God, the earth and each other. But that connection was broken because the people believed the tempters words rather than the word of God.
The story moves to the desert, where we find Jesus being tempted by tempter. Except this time, Jesus doesnt fall for the devils games. Jesus relies on and uses Gods word to defeat the devil.

We see that where we fail, Jesus has been faithful. Jesus emerges from his testing in the desert full of the Spirit and ready to enter His ministry. Jesus is a different kind of leader He doesnt compromise His calling, His authority can be trusted because He knows how to submit to the Father, and He doesnt manipulate God or people. This is just the beginning, but clearly there is something different about this Jesus.

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Date: 6.21.09
Speaker: Kristian Martens
Texts: Luke 4:31-44


There are two equal & opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

Jesus has gone from hero to zero, from rockstar preacher to false prophet, in front of his hometown fans. In a matter of minutes, His initially well-received Kingdom proclamation was misinterpreted into an offensive message of hate inspiring a murderous response. His message of freedom, liberty, healing & favour not only offended his neighbours, but it engaged the spiritual dimension. From this point on the revolution is at hand. And Jesus - the light of the World - is no longer on defense, but offensively taking back stolen territory, opening blind eyes and pushing back the darkness.

In this scene, we'll see Jesus speak with authority, engaging demons & the suffering of humanity under sin. We'll explore the reality of the spiritual dimension angels & demons and look for cues as to rightly responding to these powers & principalities. And well end off with Jesus announcing his mission to proclaim the Good News of his Kingdom to the world (v43) and to destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8). This 2000 year-old revolution continues today and is, in fact, the mission of Jesus church.

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Date: 6.13.09
Speaker: Lance Odegard
Texts: Luke 4:14-30; Genesis 12:1-3, Mark 2:15-17; Acts 1:8

In the desert, we witnessed how Jesus would carry out His mission. He didnt use His power to live independently from the Father, but rather He chose to rely on Gods word. He didnt fall for idolatry or short-cuts, but instead took the hard way of obedience and worship. And he resisted manipulating God or people, but rather chose to trust Gods care without trying to prove it in a flashy way.

Now in Luke 4:14-30, we watch as Jesus announces His mission, what it looks like, and who its for. This mission, which consisted of preaching what He called good news and releasing the oppressed, excited some and angered others. Well look to find out why, wrestle with what this mission is all about, and ask how do we respond to this mission.

This mission, where the Kingdom of God breaks into the world and breaks out of the boxes of conventional religious expectations, is about to take foot.
A revolution is rising.

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