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Luke 22:63-71  — The Sham Trials Begin

Luke 22:63-71 — The Sham Trials Begin

BIG IDEA: STUBBORN REJECTION OF THE CLAIMS OF CHRIST LEAD TO BRUTAL MISTREATMENT AND SHAM TRIALSINTRODUCTION:Wicked hearts don’t want to objectively evaluate the claims of Jesus Christ. We need to get it out of our heads that mankind has some type of moral neutrality...
Luke 22:54-62  — Peter’s 3 Denials

Luke 22:54-62 — Peter’s 3 Denials

BIG IDEA: FAILURE TO BOLDLY IDENTIFY WITH CHRIST DOES NOT HAVE TO DEFINE US IF WE RESPOND TO GOD’S MERCY AND REPENTINTRODUCTION:God is not only the God of second chances – but of third and fourth chances! We see here in the story of Peter’s denials of the Lord that...
Luke 22:39-46  — Prayer in the Garden

Luke 22:39-46 — Prayer in the Garden

BIG IDEA: LEARN THE LESSONS FROM JESUS ON PRAYER SO THAT WE TOO MAY TRIUMPH OVER TEMPTATION –TEN LESSONS ON PRAYER FROM JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANEINTRODUCTION:This short passage captures the deep emotion of Jesus as the weight of His propitiatory...
Luke 22:35-38  — Be Prepared for Suffering and Rejection

Luke 22:35-38 — Be Prepared for Suffering and Rejection

BIG IDEA: FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST MUST BE PREPARED FOR SUFFERING AND REJECTION AS THEY ENTER INTO SPIRITUAL WARFAREINTRODUCTION: On Sunday morning we were challenged to choose the discomfort and suffering of combat boots over the comfort of household slippers. If we want...
Luke 22:24-34  — Servant Leadership Advocated

Luke 22:24-34 — Servant Leadership Advocated

BIG IDEA: INSTEAD OF STRIVING FOR LEADERSHIP PREEMINENCE, FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST TO LEAD BY SERVING OTHERSINTRODUCTION:This topic of church leadership is one of my hot buttons (see the Leadership Studies page on my website). Because of pride and ego, we tend to...
Luke 22:1-6  — Friend or Foe?

Luke 22:1-6 — Friend or Foe?

BIG IDEA: JUDAS IS THE SUPREME EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BETRAY JESUS CHRISTINTRODUCTION:Are you a friend or foe of Jesus? You might counter that this is a silly question. You spend every Sunday in church. You read your bible. You hang out with some Christians. Yes,...
Luke 21: 5-38  — Prepare for Hard Times Ahead

Luke 21: 5-38 — Prepare for Hard Times Ahead

BIG IDEA: PREPARE FOR HARD TIMES LEADING UP TO- THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE- THE SECOND COMING OF CHRISTBE PERCEPTIVE AND READYINTRODUCTION:Let’s face it. We live in a soft society. Luxury, comfort and abundant leisure time characterize our present...
Luke 19:41-48  — Arriving in Jerusalem and in the Temple

Luke 19:41-48 — Arriving in Jerusalem and in the Temple

BIG IDEA: FAILURE TO DISCERN THE DAY OF MESSIANIC VISITATION LEADS TO SERIOUS CONSEQUENCESINTRODUCTION:Do you have the sense that the Messiah is visiting you today – calling for repentance and faith? Do you have a heart of compassion for those who seem oblivious to...
Luke 19:1-10  — Messianic Mission of Jesus

Luke 19:1-10 — Messianic Mission of Jesus

BIG IDEA: THE SON OF MAN HAS COME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOSTINTRODUCTION:It’s great when Jesus just comes out and states the Big Idea of the story so there is no doubt about the message He wants to communicate. God is in the business of seeking and saving...
Luke 18:28-34  — Return on Investment

Luke 18:28-34 — Return on Investment

BIG IDEA: THE COSTLY SACRIFICES FOR GOD’S KINGDOMWILL PROVE TO BE WORTH IT BECAUSE OF CHRIST’S SACRIFICEINTRODUCTION:The call to “Follow Jesus” unreservedly with full heart commitment comes to each of us in our own circumstances. Jesus asks us individually to forsake...