Jesus' Identity: Sending of the 12 and Feeding the 5,000

Luke 9:1–17. We’ve been exploring the question, “Who is this Jesus?” And we’ve seen that Jesus is the Son of God come in authority and power to save and empower his people through the cross. And as Christians, we are left with the charge: “Return to your home and declare how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39) What we see today is that Jesus unpacks how we are to do that: in his power in utter dependence! He has empowered us to take this message forth to the entire world.

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The Parables of Jesus

Luke 16:1–15. In this passage, we are covering one of the more complicated parables of Jesus. Listen to some of the titles we've given to this parable: “the dishonest manager”, “the unjust steward,'' even “the unrighteous servant”. Just in light of those titles, we've got to wonder what Jesus is going to commend from this parable. As we get to verse 9, we will see that Jesus zeros in on one of his applications—“Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth.” We will see from this text that we can serve God with our money, but we can’t serve God and money. We can use our money for godly, eternal goals, but we cannot love God and money. And loving God will satisfy, while money will leave us empty.

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The Parables of Jesus

Luke 15:1–32. Jesus tells the Pharisees and the scribes three parables, all about the sinners and those who are lost. The three truth’s that Jesus shares are meant to shape the way we think about the lost sinners we know. And they beg the question: Are you seeking the lost that you might rejoice with God?

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The Parables of Jesus

Luke 13:18–30 and Luke 14:25–35. Even when it may not look like it, Jesus is building and expanding his Kingdom with his disciples. Jesus is building a Kingdom of disciples, and we should strive to enter through relationship with Jesus! Jesus’s disciples are to count the cost to enter his Kingdom—it will be everything. A disciple can be useless and of no value to the Kingdom. Let us delight that we have been called as disciples into the Kingdom of Jesus! Let us come to him thankful that we have a role to play in this magnificent plan of God’s as a disciple creating disciples.

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Test and Prove

Luke 5:1–16. Today, we're looking at two miracles; miracles that show a pattern we see throughout the Gospel of Luke—Jesus constantly declares who he is by what he says and what he does. And that revelation demands a response. They all force this question on us: Who is Jesus? Who is this Jesus? When we answer that question, it is going to have implications. If Jesus is who he says he is, the very Son of God, then he deserves the response that Simon gave him: “I’m leaving everything and following Jesus.” 

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Advent: The King is Coming

Luke 2:1–21. This text is a tale of two kings. Both are mighty. Both are powerful. Yet they express this power in very different ways. One in pomp and circumstance for worldly accolades. The other, through humility, bringing a message of hope and salvation for all people. And you and I have a choice—which type of king will we look to for our own hope and salvation?

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Advent & The Gospel of Luke

Luke 1:26–38. Luke, the writer of the Gospel of Luke does something no other writer of a gospel does—He juxtaposes the promises of Jesus’ birth with the promise of the birth of John the Baptist. He records John’s backstory in as much detail as he does Jesus’s birth and the events leading up to it. As we look at the birth of our Savior and compare it to what God was doing in John the Baptist’s narrative, we will see the same amazing picture that Luke wants us to see as well—that our God is working and our God is coming!

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The Devoted Life

Acts 2:42-47. Devotion denotes a love, loyalty, and enthusiasm with which to live. The early church prioritized their time, energy, and money for this particular purpose: to live for God and make him known. To have a gospel community like these earliest Christians, we should endeavor to devote ourselves as they did.

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Rooted & Built Up

Colossians 2:6–7. The Lord creates in us deep roots and builds in us a strong trunk and thick branches, so that we can weather the storm. And not just in the sense of, “I survived,” but weather it in the way that a live oak does—when the storm has passed, the leaves on the tree remain green.

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Witness

2 Timothy 1:8-14. So what does witness mean? In our everyday use of the word, the definition is, “one who sees and can provide an account.” We who call Jesus our savior and trust in His finished work on the cross have seen the good news and can give an account of its power in our lives. Our witness is our day-to-day functioning as believers, our daily living out of the gospel.

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Spreading

Revelation 5:6–10. Today we are starting our new series on Priorities. These are topics that we see come up again and again in Scripture and have a specific call on our lives. We want to make sure that we, as Table Rock Church, see these, love these, and heed what God is saying throughout Scripture about these topics. This morning we are going to look at the priority of ‘spreading’ and God’s call on us to take part in his great mission of spreading a joy and passion for his glory across this entire earth.

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