The rulers and kingdoms of our world are all about power and profit, no matter the cost. But in Jesus we Jesus a king who’s kingdom brings true peace. As Jesus heads up to Jerusalem, he asks us to choose our kingdom. Outline A story of two kingdoms A parable of an evil king Which kingdom will you choose?
How sure are you that you’re seeing what’s real? Do you need glasses? Or do you just need to pay attention? In this sermon, we see that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to rescue us from blindness and to open our eyes to his generous mercy. Before the sermon we watched this video: Outline Are you seeing Jesus truly? A blind man sees (18:35-43) A short man sees (19:1-10) Jesus came to seek and save us! Read more
What do you need to do to enter God’s kingdom? A bloke who seemed to have everything going for him, asked Jesus this question. But Jesus’ surprising answer shows how God’s kingdom conflicts with our world’s values of status and power. Greedy-hearted humans can’t enter God’s Kingdom, but God has made it possible for those who like a child receive his generosity in Jesus. Outline Empty Hands (vv15-17) Not what you offer (vv18-30) The suffering and rising king (vv31-34) Will you enter God’s kingdom? Read more
When was the last time you prayed? What did you say or do? How did you approach God? In this sermon, we listen to Jesus’ teaching on prayer—how we should approach God when we know Jesus is king. Outline Faithful persistence (vv 1-8) Humble contrition (vv 9-14) Pray—humbly and persistently!
When you hear a warning of something concerning coming your way, do you stay or do you go? In this passage, as we continue our journey with Jesus, we will hear him talking about the cross, the turning point of history. It brings judgement on the world and ushers in the Kingdom of God. Jesus calls us to escape the world and find refuge in him. Outline The Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44, 7:13-14) … is among you (Luke 17:20-21) …comes through suffering (17:22-25) …comes with sudden judgment (17:26-37) Living now in the Kingdom
What would you do if someone paid off all your debts tomorrow? What would you owe them? In this message, we hear how in Jesus, we freely receive new life under a new master, and he demands all our service and praise. Outline Watch yourselves (vv1-6) Serve humbly (vv7-10) with thankfulness (vv11-19)
Would you be convinced if someone were to rise from the dead? In this message, we listen to another story Jesus told. A story about a rich man who loves money, not God, and who shows this by overlooking the poor. Outline A parable … of two men (vv19-21) …and the tables are turned (vv22-26) …because they wouldn’t listen. (vv27-31) Jesus has crossed the chasm …will you? Read more
Who do you serve? This week, we hear Jesus give a warning to religious people who love money—‘no one can serve two masters.’ This is a stark warning as Jesus urges us to enter his kingdom. Outline During the sermon, we watched this video: The background: Herod and the Pharisees (vv 16-18) A parable of a shrewd manager (vv 1-8) …which means (vv 9-15) you can’t serve God and money! Read more
Are you lost? Jesus told some stories to show there are two ways to be lost. You can be lost far away or lost right at home. The good news is Jesus came to show us God’s heart for all lost people—wanting to bring them from death to life. Outline Two stories of finding joy (Luke 15:1-10) A story of two lost sons… and their prodigal father. (Luke 15:11-31) Feast with the Father