The Triumphal Entry— Luke 19:28-40

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Sermon Summary - In Luke 19:28-40 Jesus and his disciples finally arrive in Jerusalem after a long journey. As he enters into the Holy City he is cheered and celebrated by the great crowds who are ready to crown him as their King. Yet Jesus makes it clear that he might not be the type of King they are expecting, he comes riding in on a young donkey— a picture of humility, a servant, Savior King.

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Memory Verse - As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:37-38)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 19:28-40. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What are your key takeaways from this text? How does it encourage or challenge you? Jesus makes three things clear in the scene— 1) He is in full control, 2) He is indeed the promised Messiah (Zec. 9:9), 3) He is coming as a humble, servant king. Why is it important that he make these things clear to the crowds as he enters into Jerusalem?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In what ways are you like the people in the crowds? What expectations do you have for Jesus? Are there any “strings attached” to your faith in him? What does it look like for you to trust him right now— trusting that he is in full control and working to redeem, even if it seems like he is not?

Jesus Saves A Rich Man - Luke 19:1-10

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Sermon Summary - In this passage, we consider the lingering question from chapter 18, can a rich man be saved? We see in the story of Zacchaeus that the grace of God in Jesus has the power to save a rich and powerful man like Zacchaeus. When salvation comes to the rich it releases them from serving their money so that they might embrace a life of generosity and deal fairly with others. We too must embrace Jesus as our greatest treasure if want to experience freedom from the tyranny of wealth.

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Memory Verse - And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today. Luke 19:5 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 19:1-11. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How can you identify with Zacchaeus in this story? What temptations do you face in regards to money? Would you describe yourself as a steward of your finances or a servant to them?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - How has the presence of Jesus in your life challenged the way you steward your money? When Jesus becomes our greatest treasure we experience freedom from greed and openness to generosity. How is the Spirit leading you towards being more generous with your finances? What challenges might Jesus pose to the current financial situation in our country? Are there issues of injustice that he cares about that we need to care about?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Read Luke 19:1-10. What do you find most interesting about this story? Draw a picture of Zacchaeus up in the tree and Jesus talking with him.
  2. What is Zacchaeus response to Jesus? How would you respond to Jesus in this situation?
  3. What might it look like for you to be generous with the money you have? What would keep you from being generous with your money?

The Prodigal Sons - Luke 15

Sermon Summary: In this passage, we slow down to consider how God pursues those who are lost. When that which is lost is found there is great rejoicing in heaven. In the story of the Prodigal sons, we learn that there are two ways that we can be left outside the party. Rebellion and religious pride. The question remains for the elder brothers, won’t you come to receive the same grace given your brother?

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Memory Verse: And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 15:11-32. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - Who do you best identify within this parable of the prodigal sons? What does this Father teach us about God? How might this change the way we relate to God?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Is there an area of your life that you sense God inviting you to leave behind and come home to receive forgiveness? For elder brothers, is there a person or group in your life that you find yourself angry and unwilling to extend forgiveness and grace?

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Read Luke 15:11-32. Which character do you identify with? Draw a picture of this character.
  2. How does the father welcome the younger son home after he wastes his inheritance? What does this teach us about God?
  3. Draw a picture of the feast that the father throws for the younger son who came home. Where would you be in the feast? Why do you think the older brother didn’t want to join the party?

Jesus Warns the Self-Righteous— Luke 14:1-24

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Sermon Summary: In Luke 14:1-24 Jesus finds himself in the home of a leading Pharisee, where he is invited into a dinner party. This dinner party gets tense quickly when Jesus heals a sick man and challenges the self-righteousness of the Pharisees. Jesus’s parables in this chapter show us the dangers of self-righteousness in our own lives.

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Memory Verse: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:1)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 14:1-24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What challenges you the most from this text? What are the dangers of self-righteousness that Jesus points out in his parables? Do you see your own bent toward self-righteousness? What are the things that give you a sense of being “good enough” or better than others? What gives you a sense of personal credibility, validity, or good standing? Anything other than Jesus reveals where your self-righteousness lies
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - What does it look like for your to battle self-righteousness in your life? What is God saying to you from his word? What should you do about it?

Strategic Partnership Update

At Redeemer, we say that our mission can be summed up in four things. We gather on Sundays to reorient our worship around Jesus. In Missional Communities we share life in community and live on mission with other Christians. Through Foundations we want to help equip every person to follow Jesus, equip them in their faith, and empower them to use their gifts. Lastly, we have strategic gospel partnerships in our city and beyond. The video above will give you more information about our current strategic partnerships.

Repentance Required - Luke 13:1-17

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Sermon Summary: In this passage, we slow down to consider humanities universal need for repentance. Jesus is not only calling rebels to repent but those filled with religious pride. To embrace Jesus and his message means that we must repent (turn around, have a change of heart). Repentance is not turning from doing bad things to doing good things, but rather from living apart from God (doing good or bad things) to a life of communion with God. This new life is given by God through Jesus death and resurrection. Because of Jesus, we have the Spirit dwelling in us, leading us to repentance, and empowering us to live in the way of Jesus.

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Memory Verse: No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:5 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 13:1-17. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - How do you respond when you are confronted about areas of sin in your life? Do you trust in God’s love for you enough, to be honest about sin? What might keep you from bringing your sin and weakness to God?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What is one area of your life that you sense God leading you to repentance? After confessing this to God, consider what brothers and sisters you can confess this with. What aspect of the Gospel do you need to trust in? How is the Spirit leading you to respond in obedience?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Can you think of a time when you did something wrong? Was it hard to confess this to your parents?
  2. Did you know that God loves us so much that we can confess our sin to him and trust him to forgive us every time? Is there anything in your life that you sense God leading you to turn from?
  3. Draw a road. On one end list or draw the sins you often go back to. On the other end draw Jesus. Let this be a reminder that joy and life are found in turning from our sin to worship Jesus and live in a new way.

Teach us to Pray - Luke 11:1-13

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Sermon Summary: In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. He shows us that prayer is to be central for his followers. According to Jesus, prayer is simple yet powerful. Although prayer is simple, we often struggle to pray. Jesus, through his work in the gospel, not only teaches us to pray, but he sets us free from the enemies lies that keep us from a vibrant life of prayer.

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Memory Verse: And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”(Luke 11:2-4)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 11:1-13. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What do you find interesting or inspiring about this prayer? Do you find it hard to bring your real needs to God each day? Why or why not? In the sermon Pastor Jordan talked about why we struggle to pray…which lie from the enemy keeps you from praying— lie of self-sufficiency or lie of shame/guilt?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - What do you think would change about your day/week if you spent 15-20 minutes in prayer?

The Transfiguration - Luke 9:18-36

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Sermon Summary: In this passage, we encounter the paradoxical nature of Jesus and his mission. Jesus is fully human, like us in every way and yet also fully divine. Although Jesus suffered death, he was resurrected on the 3rd day to be the firstborn of a glorious new creation. In this passage, Jesus invites us to wrestle with the paradox of his humanity and divinity, suffering and glory. Those who follow after him are called to embrace his identity and mission. We need glimpses of His glory to help us remain faithful in suffering as we wait for the redemption of all things.

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Memory Verse: For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:24 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 9:18-36. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What has shaped your expectations for your life? How would you summarize your expectations? How does Jesus invite us to see beyond this life only?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Jesus says in verse 24, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” How do “glimpses of glory” help us embrace this teaching? What essential practices (both communally and personally) has God given us that help us cultivate this amidst our suffering? What might need to change in your life to make these practices of prayer and scripture a priority?

Kids Worship Questions

  1. Can you think of something hard you have gone through in your life? How did you feel during that time?
  2. Draw a picture of the Transfiguration story we looked at in Luke 9 this morning. What caught your attention in this story?
  3. Why is it important to remember God knows what it’s like to be human? Why is it important to remember God is mighty in power during times of difficulty?
  4. Prayer is a way we can talk to God and experience his presence. What is one difficult area of life right now that you can begin to seek God in prayer for?

Lent

On March 6th we will be entering the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day season in the church calendar to symbolically follow Jesus into the wilderness as he begins his journey toward the cross. It is a season of fasting, prayer, & repentance. This is not a season of seeking to earn favor through these acts but instead, these disciplines help cultivate in us an awareness of the good news of the gospel, that Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus is for us what we could never be on our own. We not only have an opportunity to lay aside the obvious sins of overindulgence and numbing ourselves through food & entertainment but Lent is also an opportunity to repent of the pride that tells us we are sufficient to handle & run our lives.

This year as we journey through the gospel of Luke we will specifically be looking at the suffering of Jesus as he journeys toward the cross. In his suffering, we see a savior who is not unable to sympathize with us in our weakness but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). This good news frees us from any need to "stack up" or "be enough" as well as the lie that we are defined by our mistakes & failures.

I want to invite you to engage the Lenten season with hearts open to receive the grace that only God can give. We will have Lent prayer guides available at our gatherings beginning March 3rd to help you journey through each week. Our worship team recorded an album specifically for the season of Lent in 2018 & we will have those available as well as a resource for anyone who would love to use it as they walk through this season.

Lent Season Schedule:

March 6th - Ash Wednesday Prayer @ 6:00 pm
March 10-April 14th - Sunday Gatherings in the Gospel of Luke
April 19th - Good Friday Prayer Gathering @ 6:30 pm
April 21st - Easter Sunday Gathering

Lent Resources:
Lent Booklet Guide
Redeemer Lent Spotify Playlist

Seasons Volume 1:
Spotify
iTunes
YouTube

Loving Our Enemies - Luke 6:27-38

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Sermon Summary: In this passage Jesus is teaching us about loving others. The main idea in the text is that the way of Jesus is the way of loving your enemy. Loving our enemies includes doing good, speaking blessing, and praying for them. Only this kind of divine love that can transform us and others. We see a vivid portrayal of this in Acts 7 which tells of the stoning of Stephen. Stephen while being stoned to death by his religious enemies prays for their forgiveness. Among Stephen’s enemies was a man named Saul who later encountered the grace of Jesus (Stephen’s prayer was answered).

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Memory Verse: “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27–28

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 6:27-38. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What is your response to Jesus instruction to love your enemies? What objections to this do you find coming up in your own heart?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Loving others (even our enemies) includes an attitude and action towards others of doing good, blessing (not cursing), and praying for them. What would it look like to put this into practice toward those who fit the category of enemy in your life (think about who you sense the most conflict with or anger towards)?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Has there ever been a time when a sibling or kid at school said or did something mean to you? How did that make you feel? What did you do in response?
  2. Read Luke 6:27-38. What sticks out to you in this passage? What questions do you have?
  3. What might it look like for you to “love your enemies” at school or in your neighborhood? You might want to talk with your parents or pastor to get wisdom to apply this to whatever situation you are facing.
  4. Who are 2-3 people in your life who you find yourself in conflict with? Spend time each day this week praying for them and asking God to give them the same grace he has given you.

The Way of Jesus- Luke 5:12-26

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Sermon Summary: In this passage, Jesus challenges our typical way of thinking about ourselves, our lives, and others. He tells us that there are two ways of life— one leads to blessing and the other leads to pain. The only problem is that all of the things that we think lead to blessing, Jesus says leads to pain. What is Jesus teaching us here? He is pointing us beyond the material, into our hearts so that we might see our need for salvation.

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Memory Verse: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 5:20-21)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 5:12-26. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What do you find most challenging about this section of Luke’s narrative? Why is it important to understand the context and the audience? What is Jesus teaching us about material things?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - In what ways do you struggle with materialism? What does it look like for you to depend upon Jesus day by day rather than on material possessions or earthly pleasures?

The Call to Follow Jesus- Luke 5:1-11

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Sermon Summary: In this sermon, we look at Jesus’ calling of his first disciples. We considered the incredible event of Jesus showing Peter he is Lord of all creation. We looked at the connection between authority and discipleship. To follow Jesus, to be his disciple, is to give him authority over all aspects of your life.

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Memory Verse: But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."(Luke 5:8 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 5:1-11. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - In what ways do you relate to Peter? Why do you think Peter was hesitant to take Jesus fishing? Are there things in your life that you are hesitant to let Jesus speak into? Why do you think Peter was willing to go back out and fish with Jesus, even though he was hesitant?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - How did seeing the power and authority of Jesus change Peter? What did it change in him? Do you trust Jesus’ power and authority in your life? Are their things in your life that you need to “leave behind on the shore” in order to follow Jesus?

The Authority of Jesus - Luke 4:22-41

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Sermon Summary: After Jesus finishes teaching in this synagogue scene people are raving about his beautiful sermon. Luke says they marveled of his gracious words, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son” And he is claiming to be the anointed one? Things escalate as Jesus references stories of Elijah and Elisha where Israel is judged and blessing goes out to foreigners. Jesus escapes the mobs wrath and the story moves on to a sabbath day in Capernaum. We learn in this section of the story that Jesus is one who teaches with authority, has power over demonic forces (they obey his rebuke to leave the man), and he has authority to heal sickness (rebukes the fever in Simon’s mother-in-law). These stories show us Jesus alone has liberating power and authority for the whole of who we are. He is the authority on human thinking (mind), spirituality (spirit), and physicality (bodies).

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Memory Verse: “And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.” Luke 4:31-32 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 4:22-44. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What is your response to the claim that Jesus’ alone has liberating power and authority over the whole of your life? Why is his authority over all that we are good news?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - What area of your life do you feel the most tension with your thinking and Jesus thinking? What is one action step for you that might cultivate a greater awareness of your need for His authority in regards to your need for His spiritual protection and physical healing?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. Has there ever been a time when a parent told you to do something and you disagreed so much it made you angry? What about a sibling telling you what to do? How might this relate to the crowd’s reaction to Jesus in his hometown?
  2. Read Luke 4:22-44. What sticks out to you in this passage? What questions do you have?
  3. How does Jesus authority over all things help us to be courageous?
  4. What is something in your life that you are regularly afraid of? Ask God to help you remember Jesus is with you and help you trust in Jesus protection of you.

The Good News of Jesus Announced- Luke 4:14-22

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Sermon Summary: In this sermon, we look at the beginnings of Jesus’s public ministry. As he teaches in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth he makes a big announcement, declaring that he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. In him, salvation has come to the least, the last, and the lonely.

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Memory Verse: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 4:14-22. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What does it mean that Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 61? Do you see yourself in Isaiah’s/Jesus’s words? In what ways has he brought redemption to your life?
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - Eugene Peterson says that in this passage Jesus announces himself as a “trading post”. You bring Him what you have and He will give you what he has. Are there things in your life that you need to bring to Jesus and allow him to redeem? What are they? What does it look like to surrender or repent?

Reflection Guide: Temptations of Jesus - Luke 4:1-13

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Sermon Summary: In Luke 4, Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where Jesus fasts for forty days, is attacked by Satan, and finally faces three major temptations. Although Satan tempts Jesus to doubt his Father’s love and care for Him, Jesus resists temptation by clinging closely to the scriptures (especially from Deuteronomy 6-8). After this testing, Jesus emerges clearly as the true and obedient Son of God. We learn that Jesus is God’s true Son Israel who succeeds in the Wilderness testing when Israel could not. Jesus fulfills God’s covenant for all who believe. Secondarily, Jesus shows us God’s true image for humanity giving us an example for resisting temptation.

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Memory Verse: “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3 (ESV)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 4:1-13. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
  2. Getting to the Heart - What does it mean for us that Jesus remains fully obedient and faithful in the wilderness temptations/testing (while Israel and all of us failed)? How is this good news specifically for you today?
  3. Living the Way of Jesus - Think about an area of your life that you regularly find yourself tempted in. What can you learn from Jesus' example in how he fights temptation? How might the Spirit be leading you to apply this in your life?

Kids Worship Questions:

  1. What is the longest you have ever gone without food? How do you typically respond when you are extremely hungry?
  2. Read Luke 4:1-13. What sticks out to you in this passage? What questions do you have?
  3. Does God love and relate to us on the basis of how well we do? Why is Jesus obedience in the wilderness good news for us?
  4. What is an area of temptation in your life (anger at a sibling, disobeying, mean to others, lying, etc.)? What can we learn from Jesus about how we can resist the temptation to sin?

The Gospel According to Luke Reflection Guide Week 1

Series Overview: Over the next 15 weeks, the historic church calendar takes us into the seasons of Epiphany, into Lent, and toward Good Friday and Easter. During these weeks we will look at the life of Jesus, and “walk with him” toward the cross and the tomb. We will do so using Luke’s Gospel account. Luke writes with a clear purpose (1:1-4). He wants to help us see Jesus clearly. He gives us a well researched, “orderly account” that shows us who Jesus is and what he has done for the world.

Sermon Summary: In this sermon, we looked at Luke 3, in which Luke details for us the ministry of John the Baptizer and the baptism of Jesus. There are two stunning events that happen in this chapter. First, the fact that Jesus comes to be baptized should give us pause. Even John himself is hesitant to baptize Jesus. Why is he baptized? What does it accomplish? Second, as Jesus comes up out of the water God the Father speaks and God the Spirit appears. In this sermon, we consider what these events tell us about who Jesus is and what he has accomplished on our behalf.

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Key Scriptures to consider: Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is unique about Luke’s gospel? What is his purpose in writing? (Consider Luke 1:1-4).
  2. What does John the Baptizer teach us about the Christ? What things would he do?
  3. Discuss the scene at Jesus’s baptism. What is the significance of this event?
  4. Pastor Jordan shared, “Jesus would go on to take our cross and give us his crown.” This means the word the Father spoke over Jesus, He now speaks over all who are in Christ. That means you are a “dearly loved child of God”. God is pleased with you. Discuss.
  5. How does understanding your “gospel identity” inform the way you live this week? What needs to start, stop, or change in your life because of this truth?

The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke - Series Overview

During the season of Epiphany through Lent and Easter, we will be looking at the person and work of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. We hope to work our way through Luke’s Gospel to set our eyes on Jesus. In Luke 1:1-4, Luke states his purpose for writing his Gospel: “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”

We see in these first four verses that Luke’s purpose was to assure Theophilus (most likely a governing official whose name means “friend of God”) of the things he had been taught concerning Jesus. Luke also notes in these opening verses that he has compiled an orderly account from eyewitnesses and ministers of the word. For us, we too can read Luke as a way to be sure of who Jesus is and what he has done. 

While we won’t address every part of the book, we will work our way through Luke’s Gospel highlighting key moments and details of Jesus story. Our hope to grow deeper in our understanding and assurance of who Jesus is as we meditate his life, ministry, death, and resurrection through the Gospel of Luke.

Sermon Schedule and Texts

Sunday, January 13th - The Baptism of Jesus - Luke 3:15-21
Sunday, January 20th - Temptations of Jesus - Luke 4:1-13
Sunday, January 27th - Good news of the Kingdom - Luke 4:14-21
Sunday, February 3rd - Spiritual Authority - Luke 4:22-41
Sunday, February 10th - Jesus Calls Disciples - Luke 5:1-11
Sunday, February 17th - The Blessed Life - Luke 6:17-26
Sunday, February 24th - Loving Our Enemies - Luke 6:27-38
Sunday, March 3rd - The Transfiguration - Luke 9:28-43
Sunday, March 10th - The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11:1-13
Sunday, March 17th - Repentance is Required - Luke 13
Sunday, March 24th - God's Banquet - Luke 14:7-24
Sunday, March 31st - Cost of Discipleship - Luke 14:25-35
Sunday, April 7th - The Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32
Sunday, April 14th - The Triumphal Entry - Luke 19:28-40
Sunday, April 21st - The Resurrection of Jesus - Luke 24:1-12

Resources

  • Worship Guide - We will have a worship guide for this series available at our Sunday gathering to help you prepare for worship on Sundays. (Download PDF Version Here)

  • Reflection Guides - Each week following the sermon a reflection guide will be posted to help DNA groups further discuss the text together.

  • DNA Reading Guide for Luke - We have put together a simple reading guide to help you read through the book of Luke throughout the series. Download Link

  • Luke ESV Scripture Journal - We highly recommend you grab an ESV scripture journal (LINK) to use in your DNA group and to bring with you on Sundays to take notes. We will have a handful available for purchase ($5) at our gatherings. For those wanting to draw and who appreciate a more artistic approach to journaling, we recommend this ESV journal (LINK).

  • Bible Project Videos - These are helpful videos that give you the big picture idea of Luke’s Gospel. Great resources for adults and kids. Links - Luke 1-9, Luke 10-24




SABBATH SUNDAY: A DAY OF REST AND REFLECTION

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REFLECTING ON GOD'S FAITHFULNESS

READ: Psalm 77, Psalm 63:1-8

REFLECT: Good reflection starts with slowing down, quieting our soul, and tuning our mind and hearts to the Lord. Begin with 5-10 minutes of silent listening before the Lord. If you’ve never tried to sit silently with God this might feel uncomfortable at first. Here are a few tips: Find a quiet place, turn off your phone, turn off music, etc. Work to still your heart and your mind before God. It might help to pray Psalm 131. After spending a few minutes quieting your soul work through the reflection questions below.

Take the 10 minutes to reflect on God’s work in your own life personally over the last year.
Some questions to consider: What has God taught you this year? How have you seen change or transformation in your own life? How have you grown in your awareness of God’s goodness and glory? How have you grown in your awareness of sin and your need for the gospel? In what ways has God blessed you this year? How has God proven faithful in your times of need? How has God worked in your family? What are your hopes and prayers for your self in the next year? Set a timer and don’t move on until you’ve reflected for 10 full minutes.

Take another 10 minutes and reflect on God's work in/through your missional community over the last year.
Some questions to consider: How is your missional community different than it was a year ago? How has God used your missional community in your life? How have you seen God work in the lives of others? How has God worked through your missional community in our city? What has been your favorite moment in community this year? What are your hopes and prayers for your missional community in the next year? Set a timer and don’t move on until you’ve reflected for 10 full minutes.

Take another 10 minutes and reflect on God’s work in/through Redeemer over the last year.
Some questions to consider: How have you seen God at work in our church as a whole? How have you seen his power on display? What are the things that God is doing in our church family that fills you with thanksgiving? What specific people has God used in your life? What have been some of your favorite moments with Redeemer this year? What are your hopes and prayers for Redeemer in the next year? Set a timer and don’t move on until you’ve reflected for 10 full minutes.

SHARE: The purpose of this exercise is to remind you of God’s ever-faithful presence in your life. We hope that by reflecting on God’s work your faith is strengthened. We also hope that it will remind you that you have a story to share. If you are willing, we would love to hear your stories of God’s works. You can share your stories with us HERE.

December 2018 Partners Update

Redeemer Family,

This month instead of a partners meeting we opted to post a video update, along with this post. We will have video updates each quarter for 2019, along with a partners banquet next December (2019) to celebrate the past year and look forward to 2020 together. I hope that this helps keep you updated on where we are as a church and where we are heading over the next few months.

Before I jump into the update, I just wanted to remind you what partnership means at Redeemer. First, what brings us together is our faith in the Gospel. We have professed faith in the Gospel, and it centers our life together. Second, we are committed to regularly gathering together and being active participants. We use our gifts to serve one another at our Sunday gatherings and in our MC gatherings. Third, we each are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus as we learn and live the way of Jesus together. Finally, partners are committed to giving their time, talent, and treasure to support the ministry of Redeemer. This means giving financially as the Lord leads and also using your gifts to serve others in our church.

Advent 2018 Gathering Schedule
Sunday, December 16th - 10 am Sunday Gathering
Sunday, December 23rd - 10 am Sunday Gathering w/ Kids Christmas Special
Monday, December 24th - 4 pm Christmas Eve Gathering (Family gathering, limited childcare)
Sunday, December 30th - SABBATH SUNDAY - No Sunday Gathering
Sunday, January 6th - 10 am Sunday Gathering (2019 Vision Sunday)

2019 Sermon Overview - Our elder team is excited about the sermon series we have planned for 2019. You can download the 2019 Sermon Overview Here.

Discipleship Foundations 2.0 - In February 2019 we will kick off discipleship foundations 2.0 which has been redesigned to equip you to learn and live the way of Jesus in the context of DNA groups. The course will now be ten weeks (from February 10th to April 14th) and will meet each Sunday at 4 pm. Even if you have taken discipleship foundations in the past, I want to encourage you to take it again and bring your DNA group with you. I am recommending that anyone struggling with DNA come to discipleship foundations as a DNA group for those ten weeks to help launch your DNA group in the right direction. You can read more and signup here. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Partnership and Numerical Update - We currently have 87 adult covenant partners (we have added around 15 new partners in 2018). Amongst our partners, we have approximately 80 children represented in those families (167 total people). On Sundays, we have had anywhere from 130 to 225 people attend our gatherings (partners and people who regularly attend but have not yet partnered with Redeemer). In our missional communities, we have 100 adults and 85 children who regularly participate in our groups. This year we also launched our monthly youth gathering where we have 10-12 middle school students who have met each month to hare a meal and work through the Apostles Creed together.

2018 Financial Update - Download Link




Reflection Guide: Final Instructions for Keeping Faith

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Main Idea - Paul closes his letter with some final instructions for us to “keep the faith.” Three things from these verses that I want us to take note of. Responding to Evil, Rejoicing in all things, Receiving what is true and Rejecting what is Evil. And finally, Paul reminds us that all our efforts to “keep faith” are ultimately grounded and empowered by God himself who will himself keep us, spirit, soul, and body.

Listen to the sermon audio here.

You can also check out more resources for this series HERE.

Read through the following passages: 1 Thessalonians 5:15-28

Discuss the questions below with your MC or DNA group.

  1. What strikes you when you read this passage? What questions come to mind?
  2. Responding to Evil: What is your typical response to people who wrong you? How does the way of Jesus challenge us to respond to evil done to us?
  3. Rejoicing in all things: Why is it important to cultivate regular prayer with God and especially to have an attitude of thanksgiving? Is it possible to have a joy that transcends your circumstances?
  4. Receiving what is true and Rejecting what is Evil - Why is it important that we neither blindly accept all spiritual teaching or prophecy nor that we immediately reject it? What is our guide in this? How might prophecy be a needed gift for us to “keep the faith?”
  5. Read 1 Thess. 5:23-24. Throughout the entire series, these two verses have been our benediction. How does this verse encourage you and empower us to keep the faith? ———————————-

Kids Worship Questions

  1. What was one thing you learned during the sermon that you could discuss with your parents?
  2. How should we respond when other people treat us poorly? What might this look like when your brother or sister wrongs you?
  3. Did you know you can talk with God wherever you go? Draw a picture of some of the places you like to go and imagine what it might look like to talk with God there.
  4. Not everything we hear is true. We need to test what we learn with God’s word. Make a list of 3 things you believe to be true. Ask your parents to help you see if the bible agrees with those things or if it teaches something different.