Repentance Leads to Change

Luke 3:7–17

Sermon Notes

  1. Repentance Changes Us: Through Reconciliation

    • Reconciled to God (Saved from his wrath by Repentance: v.7–9, 17)
    • Reconciled to Others (The Fruit of Repentance is loving others: v.10–14)
  2. Repentance Changes the World: Through us being Salt and Light

    • Salt to the World (What a repentant life looks like at work: v.12–14)
    • Light to the World (How a repentant life affects our witness: v.7, 12–14)
  3. Conclusion (v.15–16)

Questions for Reflection

  1. Do you think of God more in terms of his love or his wrath? How are both true of him?

  2. How would full, honest repentance (open acknowledgment of our sin) lead us to trust more in the work of Christ?

  3. What is an example where you can be outwardly obedient, but inwardly you have the wrong (perhaps selfish) motives?

  4. John the Baptist doesn't call people out of the service of Rome, instead, he tells them to stay and to do their work ethically. As Christians, we have multiple areas of "work" (in our home, with our children, at our church, at our employment). For your particular responsibilities, what would it look like to serve un-ethically? What would it look like to serve sacrificially for the good of others in that area?

  5. Why should Christians be people who are the most comfortable with receiving criticism?

Further Thought: John the Baptist preaches a message of Repentance, that others needed to be honest about admitting their sin, even publicly through baptism. God uses others to reveal to us our sin. Being scared to receive criticism can sometimes reveal we don't fully believe that we are completely forgiven in Christ. If you are willing, ask someone you trust to be honest about your sin, and how it has hurt them. As those feelings of condemnation, guilt, and defensiveness come, remember that, if you are in Christ, you don't need to defend, you're free to acknowledge the sin, safely resting in Christ's record and not your own.

John: The Baptizer and Forerunner

Luke 3:1–9

Sermon Notes

  1. A new prophet for a turbulent time, vv. 1–2
  2. A new way of life for a wayward people, v.3, 7–9
  3. A new highway for The King to come and save His people, vv. 4–6

Reflection questions

  1. Why does God send a prophet (John) and then another prophet (and priest and king - Jesus) to save God’s people? Why doesn’t he send someone to overthrow the oppressive government ruling over Israel? Compare this story to Judges 6:1–12. Why do you think God waited to send a deliverer, and why did he first send a prophet to Israel? How do these stories tell us what we as God’s people need most?
  2. Reflecting upon John’s calling as a prophet (see v2), JC Ryle writes: “Let it be a part of our daily prayers, that our churches may have no ministers excepting those who are really called of God.”1 Why is that an important prayer? What is the nature of their work, and what is one of the difficulties of their work? (See Hebrews 13:17)
  3. Read Luke 3:4–6 – What obstacle is keeping you from living the way that God has called you to live? What “mountains of pride need to be broken down” and what “valleys of self-pity need to be raised”2 so that you can prepare your heart for the King’s arrival?
In THE Father’s House

Luke 2:39–52

Sermon Notes

  1. The God-man grew into manhood, vv. 39–42, 52
  2. The God-man longed to be in His Heavenly Father’s house, vv. 40–50
  3. The God-man submitted to His earthly parents’ authority, vv. 49–51

Reflection questions

  1. Jesus is not simply an example to us (see 1 Peter 2:24), but Scripture does tell us to follow His example, sometimes (see 1 Peter 2:21–23). How does the example of Christ’s childhood challenge us to new obedience? (See Hebrews 5:7)

  2. As you consider Luke 2:49, do you think of God’s law as a duty or a delight? Consider the words of this hymn (Love Constraining to Obedience), from William Cowper: “To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, To hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice.” Also consider Hebrews 10:5–7 and Ps 40:6–8.

  3. Why is it important that Christ lived and died for you? See 1 Peter 1:18–19; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 5:21. Why is Christ’s death different or better than someone else’s death, better than the death of a lamb or goat or bull?

Chris Krycho
What Jesus Came to Do

Luke 2:21–37

Sermon Notes

Jesus came to:

  1. Fulfill the Law (v. 21–24)
  2. Save (vv. 21, 30)
  3. Give consolation and comfort (v. 25)
  4. Be a light to the Gentiles (v. 32)
  5. Be the glory to Israel (vv. 26, 32)
  6. Cause the rise and fall of many (v.34)
  7. Die (v. 35)
  8. To reveal the hearts of mankind (v. 35)

Reflection Questions

  1. What are some common misconceptions and wrong beliefs about who Jesus was and what he came to do?
  2. What are some different names and titles for Jesus Christ? (A quick google search can help you out here) How do their meanings help us understand what Jesus came to do?
  3. If you were to summarize the mission of Jesus, what would you say it was? What steps were taken in his life to accomplish it? How does it connect/apply to us?
  4. Our text said Jesus was appointed for the rise and fall of many, and the scriptures describe Jesus as either a cornerstone or a stumbling block. Why is this? Some people seem to be rather unaffected Jesus, but how does a proper understanding of him prevent us from being “neutral” about Jesus?
The KING ... in a Feeding Trough

Luke 2:1–21

Sermon Notes

10 Christmas Cards from Bethlehem

  1. a census, vv.1–2
  2. a hometown, vv.3–5
  3. a manger, vv. 6–7a
  4. a full house, v.7
  5. a curious choice, vv. 8–9
  6. a multitude, but not at first, vv. 9–10, 13–14
  7. an awesome sight, vv.9–12
  8. a particular peace, vv. 11–12, 14
  9. a missing wise man (or three?), vv. 15–18
  10. a reflective mother, v. 19

Reflection questions

  1. Why is it important to know that Jesus was born in humble, shameful circumstances and that the first witnesses to his birth were a despised group of shepherds? Compare this to what Jesus says in Luke 5:31–32.
  2. How is the birth of Jesus good news of great joy to you?
  3. How much time have you spent pondering the Christmas story and its impact upon you and upon the world?
LukeChris KrychoMatt Giesman
After Darkness, Light

Luke 1:67–80

Sermon Notes

5 Blessings that the birth of John the Baptist brings to God’s people. It is:

  1. A sign of God’s salvation, vv. 67–71
  2. A confirmation of God’s covenant, vv. 72–73
  3. A freedom to worship God fearlessly, vv. 73–75
  4. A prophet to prepare the Lord’s way, vv. 76–78
  5. A lesser light pointing to the Greatest Light, vv. 78–80

Reflection questions:

  1. What did first–century Israel most want to be delivered from? What do you most want deliverance from? What do you think God most wants to deliver you from?
  2. Why did God deliver His people? (See Lk. 1:74–75) Also read Psalm 67 and compare this passage to the first line of our church’s mission statement (see the front of your bulletin).
  3. Why does God use poetry to teach truth to us? Why doesn’t he just tell us the facts in a more straightforward way? (Try summarizing vv. .78–79 without poetry and see which version is more memorable. Try the same thing with Psalm 23:1 and 2 Samuel 23:1–5.)
LukeChris KrychoMatt Giesman
God is at Work

Luke 1:57–66

Sermon Notes

  1. God has removed our Shame (vv.57–58)
  2. God has changed our Faith (vv.59–64)
  3. God draws a response from Us (vv.65–66)

Questions for Reflection

  1. What are some traditions you have that make this time of year feel like “Christmas?”
  2. How does the “messaging” of Christmas (from commercials, signs, radio) distract us from the center of the reason for celebrating this holiday?
  3. What are some things you are commonly asking God for in prayer? Are you looking more often for comfort and therapy from God or healing of our core problem of sin?
  4. Why do we become complacent or afraid of sharing this good news that Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin?
  5. What are some challenges you have faced in your evangelism?
Nothing Will Be Impossible with God

Luke 1:26-45

Sermon Notes

  1. Favor to the Undeserving, vv. 26–33
  2. Faith in the Impossible, vv. 34–38
  3. Fulfillment of the Incredible, vv. 39–45

Reflection questions

  1. Why was Jesus born into such humble circumstances? How do you see the humiliation of Jesus even before He is born in this story? What response should we have to Jesus’s voluntary humbling of Himself? See 2 Cor. 8:9; Philippians 2:5–8.
  2. Does the Bible hold up Mary as an object of worship? Does the Bible hold up Mary’s faith as something you should imitate? Can you think of other examples of a faith in God that is ready to obey and accept the circumstances He gives? (See Isaiah 6:8; Luke 5:11)
  3. Compare the following stories of God’s miracle babies – Gen. 18:9–15; 1 Sam. 1:19–28; Judges 13; Luke 1:18–20; Luke 1:26–38. Compare the reactions from the different characters. Which character’s reaction would most closely resemble your own?
LukeChris KrychoMatt Giesman