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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 9 Message Outlines

Luke 9:37-43 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 6 Study # 2
May 2, 2010
Lincolnton, NC

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Thesis:At some point every believer has to cease being "one of the crowd" if he/she intends to become a participant in Life.

Introduction:
In our studies of Luke's arguments that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of Man Who came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), we have seen that Luke had determined to zero in upon the issue of "authority". In 4:6 he presented Jesus as being tempted with the offer of a vast authority. In 4:32 and 36 he described the impact of Jesus' initial foray into ministry in Capernaum in terms of a kind of "authority" that was evidenced in words and an exorcism. In 5:24 he said that Jesus healed a man who had been let down through a hole made in the roof so that people would know that He has the authority to forgive sins -- the most significant "authority" in the universe according to 12:5. In the opening paragraph of chapter seven he recorded the event of the centurion's "greater faith than all that found in Israel" as the first "bookend" of a chapter dedicated to answer the question of how a man can build upon a solid foundation so that his "house" is unaffected by the flood waters. The focus of that paragraph is upon a man's believing response to the issue of "authority". After that, Luke left the "authority" issue alone until 9:1. The point is: the failure of The Nine in the paragraph before us this morning was a frontal assault on the issue of "faith" in Jesus' "authority".

This morning we are going to consider the part of Luke's message that swirls around "a man of the crowd" so that we may see Luke's summons to Theophilus to cease being such. At some point every believer has to cease being "one of the crowd" if he/she intends to become a participant in Life.


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