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

Luke 2:8-20 (10)

by Darrel Cline

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 10
April 17, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.


Thesis:Preserving and pondering the words of God are critical to life.

Introduction:As we have worked our way through Luke's record of the angelic visitation to the shepherds of Bethlehem, we have done something that finds its legitimacy in Luke's record of how various people responded to the divine message concerning Jesus, the Christ. The overall focus of Luke's record of "response" is upon the shepherds -- and their high, excited, joy. But, beneath that overall focus, there is a powerful suggestion that "high, excited, joy" is only a transient experience that is supposed to be coupled to a lifestyle of grace-based peace -- a peace that comes when human beings are highly motivated to respond to what God has said in a way that fits His words. This morning we are going to look at the foundations of life when "joy" is without its "sometimes attendant" excitement.

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