Standing Outside the Door (Luke 13:22-30)

The religious elite in Jesus’ day were guilty of many sins—hypocrisy, self-righteousness, pride, and so on—but one of the most deadly was the sin of presumption (Rom. 2:4). Claiming to be the physical descendants of Abraham, they presumed that they belonged to the people, the kingdom, of God; this is why the call to repentance […]

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Whom Do You Fear? (Luke 12:1-12)

Whom do you fear? Throughout its history, the church has always been faced with pressure to live out of a fear of man and this world rather than the fear of God. There is always the temptation to give into this world’s demands and live for the praise of man rather than God, proving that […]

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Kingdom Priority and Mission (Luke 9:57-10:20)

“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Following Jesus is a full-time occupation, and the demands of the kingdom supersede all earthly loyalties. To be a disciple of Jesus involves being sent out as laborers into the harvest—proclaiming the good news of […]

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