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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 1 Message Outlines

Luke 1:57-80 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 2
July 25, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The dawning realization of the importance of "grace" as the fountainhead of our theology begins as an expression of an "eighth day" reality.

Introduction:Last week we began a study of Luke's record of the birth of John. We saw that God's purposes in His restraining of Elizabeth's ability to conceive included the intention of magnifying His mercy so that rejoicing would become the experience of those who experienced His mercy. It is essential for those who would experience the joy of life to come to the realization that God is fundamentally merciful. This realization does not dawn easily in the heart/mind complex of man. Witness how much of the preaching of men focuses upon the holiness of God and the judgment of God: if the "preachers" do not have a theology of mercy, how can the people? Look at Matthew 9:13 and, then, 12:7. These statements were made by Jesus to the perpetrators of the doctrine of the unapproachable holiness of God. The problem for man is that distortion is so easy. Holiness is distorted into legalism and mercy is distorted into libertinism. Thus, Luke sets his sights on the need of Theophilus to really enter into a theological transition that elevates the mercy of God to both an accurate understanding of mercy and an accurate focus on mercy. This morning we are going to proceed in our consideration of the record of John's birth by looking into the historical realities that govern that record.

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