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DUNCAN/‘Temptation, sin, and faith’
Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:1-6. I want to remind you that throughout Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing with both the Pharisees’ lives and their teaching. Their sin is leading the people of God astray, so here Jesus is concerned to say to His disciples, “Do not live and teach like the Pharisees.” In many ways it's a contrast; it's a positive exhortation in light of His negative criticism of the Pharisees in Luke 16.
Turn to Luke 16:1-13 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. This is a hard parable. The commentators sometimes struggle to understand what Jesus is speaking about. It's difficult for a number of reasons. One is, in this parable, Jesus commends a dishonest manager as the example to His disciples. It's also not quite clear exactly what the manager is doing to extract himself from his situation.
DUNCAN/‘A Father’s Prodigal Love for a Prodigal’
This week we’re going to be looking at Luke 5:11-32. This is one of the most familiar stories that Jesus ever told. As you read this passage, I want you to be on the lookout for each of the three main characters in this story, and I want you to be asking yourself the question, “What would Jesus’ original hearers have thought about the descriptions of the prodigal son, of the loving father, and of the elder brother?” To focus our study, we’ll see what we learn from each of these three characters.
DUNCAN/‘What Makes Angels Rejoice?’
In this season when we're rejoicing with the angels, it's a good thing for us to ask, “What does Jesus say in this passage that the angels rejoice over?” This week we’ll be looking at Luke 15:1-10, and Jesus answers that question for us here. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three stories. The first of those three stories is about a lost sheep, and you’ll see it in verses 4 to 6. The second of those three stories you’ll see in verses 8 and 9, and it’s about a lost coin. The third of those three stories occurs in verses 11 to 32, and it talks about a lost son. We’re going to be looking at the first two stories this week.
BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES/‘Why was I a Guest’
Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:7-24. Jesus, in this passage, is at a party, and He makes some comments about the etiquette of the guests and the host at the party. By the time He finishes this encounter, He has turned the party image into a discussion about the establishment of God's kingdom. As we look at the passage, I want you to see three parts to it. Jesus here speaks about humility, He speaks about generosity, and He speaks about the invitation list to God's final party.
DUNCAN/‘Jesus cared about the Lord’s Day. A lot’
Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:1-6 as we continue our way through this great gospel. Jesus is addressing a group of Pharisees with whom He is dining, and the subject of the Sabbath comes up. Throughout the gospels you find Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders over Sabbath observance. They were concerned that Jesus was undermining the traditions of the elders, and Jesus regularly responded to them that their traditions had in fact undermined Moses. Their adding to the Word of God had actually undermined the theology and practice of the Sabbath Day in the Word of God.
DUNCAN/‘Jesus's compassion and our indifference’
Turn in your Bible to Luke 13:31-35. Be on the lookout for three things in these verses. First, I want you to look at Jesus’s example. Second, I want you to be on the lookout for is Jesus’s compassion. Here in this passage, and especially in verse 34, we see something of Jesus’s heart of compassion, even towards those who have rejected Him. Finally, I'd like us to look at the response that Jesus gets, not only from Jerusalem mentioned in verse 34, but also from the other players in this passage — the Pharisees, Herod — all of them picture for us a response to Jesus.
DUNCAN/‘The Narrow Door’
Turn to Luke 13:22-30 as we continue our way through the gospel of Luke. As you’re turning there, allow your eyes to look back to the beginning of chapter 13. One of the things that we said when we got to Luke 13 was that the subject of repentance would return repeatedly to view. In addition to speaking of repentance, Jesus will, in this passage, focus us on faith, on the judgment of God, and on the great reversal. There is a theme that runs throughout the gospel of Luke in which the kingdom of God turns things upside-down so that the last are first and the first are last. This is one of those passages where Jesus says just that.
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