Words Worth Dying For

Words Worth Dying For

“Not My Will, But Thy Will Be Done”

In one of the most moving scenes in the life of Christ we are both inspired and deeply challenged by his example. In great pain and distraught he prays. What he prays is the stuff of true devotion, true commitment, true sacrifice It’s why we love him and why we need him for his fortitude definitely unveils our shallowness. Key text: Luke 22:39-44 (NKJV)

“Love Your Enemies and Do Good To Those Who Hate You”

Today we get to the heart of it. If what Jesus has previously said wasn’t enough, the words we read today have the potential to alienate everyone. Without question, Jesus declares he is a different kind of Messiah than expected.  He is not one who will overpower the Romans or impose his will over his enemies. Instead he calls for the most radical aspect of discipleship yet. Key text: Luke 6:27-36 (MSG)

“Think of Yourselves As Servants, Merely Doing Your Duty”

Today’s reading is a parable of Jesus’ that probably doesn’t make anyone’s favorite list. However, if we can get past the cultural context of the norms and values of a master-slave relationship we can hear a startling revelation: even when the demands are difficult and draining, a servant of Christ is still only doing what is required and expected. Key text: Luke 17:7-10 (NLT)

Life Does Not Consist in the Abundance of Possessions

Everyone knows that a preacher doesn’t get into any faster trouble than when he starts talking about money… Jesus talked about money a lot! In today’s reading Jesus is actually interrupted by someone in a financial dispute with his sibling. Jesus uses it as an opportunity to warn us about greed. We may feel we are greedy but then again, how rich are we towards God? Key text: Luke 12:13-21 (NRSV)

Those Who Exalt Themselves Will Be Humbled

Spirituality can be slippery. Today we hear of how Jesus told a story of a religious person who was religious enough to be virtuous and yet still dramatically misses the mark with regard to the Kingdom of God. For Jesus, spirituality that doesn’t lead us towards others can’t be leading us to God either! Listen now as humbleness is redefined. Key text: Luke 18:9-14 (ESV)

“Don’t Worry About Life, Food Or Clothes, Or Have An Anxious Mind”

At first glance, this statement doesn’t appear to be controversial. Indeed, we will find Jesus’ words comforting and compelling. Here he blesses us with his confident words concerning God’s care of we who are his children. But wait there is a condition. We must seek God’s Kingdom. Assuredly, many then as today give up and go back to trying to get what they think they need in their own strength rather than take the risk of trusting God’s ways and…

“This Scripture is Fulfilled in Your Hearing”

Are you following the Jesus of your own perception, or the real Jesus OF the gospel? Watch/Listen as we look at some of His provocative sayings found in the gospel according to Luke. For Jesus, and maybe in the end for us as well, they are words worth dying for. Key text: Luke 4:14-30