Doubt and Uncertainty When The King Is Gone…

Doubt and Uncertainty When The King Is Gone…

Passage: Luke 19:11-28 When a choice becomes a “Choice” •    Decisions are a funny thing o    We make them all the time; most of them we don’t even thing about o    Yet, there comes a time when a decision becomes a “Choice” •    A choice becomes a “Choice” when it is made in spite of the situation surrounding it o    Take a dating couple, the choice to get married is really not that big of a decision as it is made in the heat of passion *    The real Choice to be married comes when the cards are down; when the pressures of life is pushing and pulling the couple apart o    This is true for most any thing *    When something is simply the next logical step on a journey, then it really isn’t a choice *    It is when a decision is made against all odds, when nothing is known for sure, that is when a Choice is made. •    The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a perfect example of this •    Holy Saturday was a dark day during which the followers of Jesus knew nothing but despair, fear and pain. o    Yes, they had the Prophets and Jesus’ own words predicting his resurrection… o    But they weren’t sure if these words were just empty rhetoric thrown out to give false hope to their desires of a promised Messiah. •    It was at this time – in the darkness of life – when the Disciples made their real Choice to follow Jesus… King is Away •    Luke 19:11-28 is a passage foreshadowing Holy Saturday....
Giving It All Up

Giving It All Up

Public Reading: Luke 18:15-34 •    Pairs o    Little children and rich grownups (verses 15-22) o    Lose everything to get everything (verses 23-30) Little Children •    People where bring their little kids for Jesus to bless o    Think about that…getting blessed by God Himself!! Wow o    It should be noted that this was a common practice back then o    Still is a practice today…to a certain extent…we bless babies in church •    The 12 disciples tied to stop this from happening o    They figured Jesus was too busy and important to worry about children o    Children, after all, are messy, noisy, get in the way a lot, ask too many questions…etc. o    Like the old comment about kids been seen and not heard and rarely seen at that •    Jesus saw things differently o    He wanted the kids to come up to Him o    In fact, Mark 10:14 says that Jesus was “indignant” that the kids were being kept from Him *    Indignant means “feeling or showing anger because of something unjust or unworthy” *    That is pretty powerful!!! o    Jesus was angry at his followers – the guys he handed picked – because they tried to keep a bunch of little kids away…. o    Think about that for a bit… *    If Jesus is that passionate for children, should we be too? *    Shouldn’t we be doing everything in our power to make sure the folks that Jesus wants to hold and bless get to the chance to meet His? *    Yet, How often do we, in our own way, try to keep the church clean by not invite...
The Great Banquet

The Great Banquet

I found this old sermon saved in the drafts today and thought I would post it.  The audio file of the sermon is located here on the PRV website. Blessings. Passage: Luke 14:1-24 The Story •    Jesus dines at the house of a Pharisees o    While there he heals a man o    Some folks got made because it was on the Sabbath •    Jesus then tells two short parables o    First to the guest of the dinner o    The second to the host •    First one o    Place of honor *    Don’t pick the place of honor *    Let the host bring you up o    Commentary *    Not only is this practical advice on life, it is very important spiritually *    The guests in the room were most likely big time religious leaders who wanted the best seats for themselves *    Jesus is telling them that they are to the humble •    Let God (the host) raise them up •    2 Peter 5:5b-7 – God cares about, be kind to each other and humble •    James 4:1-10 – submit ourselves to God, be a peacemaker •    Second story o    Part one *    Turning to the host, Jesus tells him not to just throw a party for those who can pay you back •    Invite the folks who can’t repay you *    Again this is very practical as well as spiritual •    Instead of being focused on what we can get out of things, we need to be concerned with others o    Second part *    Things shift a bit more spiritual here *    A man throws a party and invited...

God’s Unconditional Love

Public Reading: Luke 15:1-32 Sermon Introduction: •    Three Parables; One Message o    God’s unconditional love •    A lot of times these three are treated separated o    Especially the prodigal son •    Yet they are really all connected to each other o    As is Luke 16 and the first ten verses of Luke 17 o    Today we are going to focus on the three parables o    Next week we will cover Luke 16 through Luke 17:10 •    Now before we dive into the first parable, let us look at the setting o    Luke 15:1-2 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” o    Jesus was drawing the wrong kinds of people to himself. o    The religious leaders may have been more hospitable or open to his message if only he would be harder on those who didn’t obey the rules o    Their primary debate with Jesus that he received sinners and ate with them – granting them grace instead of punishment. o    And in response to this grumbling, Jesus told these stories: Parable One: Lost Sheep •    What man among you would not leave your 99 sheep in the open country and go and find the lost? •    How much more does heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting than 99 who needs no repentance? Parable Two: Lost Coin •    What women among you, having 10 coins and losing one, will not light a lamp and search for the lost coin? •    How much more does the angels of...

Giving Up Control To Jesus

Public Reading: Luke 18:25-35 The Story: •    Hard teaching o    You have to love Jesus more than anything o    More than family, friends and even life itself •    This passage has two audience o    New believers need to know what they are getting into – they need to count the cost o    Current disciples – daily pick up cross and follow Jesus (Lk 9:23) •    Focus today is on the second audience o    It is about control •    Throughout history, humans have always wanted some type of control o    The act of being able to make a decision about your life o    What to eat, drink…how to dress…where to live… o    Wars have been fought over this issue… o    In the USA, we hang so tight to our “rights” that I think the rights take over and start control us… •    Control can be both a good and a bad thing o    After all the Bible clearly teaches that self-control is a good thing – Gal 5, fruits of the Spirit o    Yet control is bad in the sense that it can keep us from following Jesus. •    Jesus said in verse 27, “whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” o    Remember at this point the cross was a instrument of death o    It was not something nice to wear around your neck or post on your wall o    Jesus is telling folks that they have to die to follow him o    They must give up everything – give up control of their lives to follow Him “Those of you who do not...