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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 2 Message Outlines

Luke 2:1-7 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
January 2, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:It is fundamental to the servant mindset that "I must do as God says".

Introduction:The beginning of a new year is always a time when folks are confronted with the question of whether they are going to continue to live as they have lived. It is pretty much impossible to live in the U.S. and not be aware of the phenomenon of "New Year's resolutions". It is no accident that many people allow certain temporal markers to be, for them, a point of a new beginning. It is a rare person who never wishes that he/she could, at least, "begin again". In fact, the notion of a "new birth", which is at the heart of the Gospel, is nothing if it is not a new beginning. There is a great warning, and a great promise, in the fact that God requires men to address the question of whether they are going to continue to live as they have lived. The warning is that God simply will not accept those who refuse to acknowledge their need to, at the very least, make some adjustments to their thinking and living. The promise is that God does not leave the power of change up to the individual who sees a need to change. These are the familiar concepts built into the biblical idea of "repentance".

So, this morning we are going to address this question: Am I going to continue to live as I have lived? We are going to look at it from the perspective of Luke's words to Theophilus in Luke 2:3.


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