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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 5 Message Outlines

Luke 5:27-32 (5)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 5
July 15, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Confusion over how one becomes a child of God leads to confusion over how one is to act as a child of God.

Introduction:There is enough confusion in the world to make everyone's head swim. In our study last week we looked into the problem of dealing with dilemmas -- confusing situations that arise because we do not have a sufficiently clear grasp of the relevant principles to know what to do. In that study we made the point that Levi's "reception" for Jesus was a part of how we get "clear" in the midst of confusion: we make sure that Jesus is the One Who has our undivided loyalty and we make that as clear as we can to others also.

This morning we are going to continue to look into the confusion that existed in Israel. It was such a great confusion that the God of Israel was unrecognizable to the vast majority of the Jews. Luke has already informed us of the vastness of the confusion that arose out of the blindness of Israel by telling us of the rejection of Jesus by those who lived in Nazareth. It is a major thesis for Luke that Jesus came to give sight to the blind. This means that Jesus came to eliminate the confusion. So, Jesus' response to the Pharisees and their scribes, when they accused Him of misbehavior, is a part of His gift of sight to the blind. It is this response to which we turn this morning.


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