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Full of Pity, Joined with Power

Luke 7:11–17

Sermon Notes

  1. The Desperation that Draws His Compassion, 11–13a

  2. The Confusion that Surrounds His Compassion, 13

  3. The Dominion that Empowers His Compassion, 13–15

  4. The Exclamation that Follows His Compassion, 16–17

Reflection questions

  1. When desperate people ask you for help, do you feel compassion for them, or annoyed by them? How does God feel towards desperate people? Compare Ps. 68:5 and Luke 18:1–8.

  2. Do you think the words “Do not weep,” (v.13) would’ve sounded comforting to the widow initially? How should that affect the way we comfort the grieving, since we cannot take away someone’s pain like Jesus did in this story?

  3. Why is it important that Jesus if both “full of pity” and “joined with power” (Come Ye Sinners)? How does His power magnify the pity or compassion that He shows us? Cf. Psalm 62, esp. vv. 11–12.

  4. Consider what it means when God “visits” (v.16) His people by looking at the following passages: Exodus 3:16; Ruth 1:6; 1 Samuel 1:19–20 and 2:21; Luke 1:68; James 1:27.

Who is Worthy?

Luke 7:1–11

Sermon Notes

  1. A servant that is worthy of saving in his master’s eyes, vv. 1–3
  2. A man who is worthy in other’s eyes, vv. 3–6
  3. A man who is un-worthy in his own eyes, vv. 6–7
  4. A faith that is worthy of imitation in Jesus’s eyes, vv.7–10

Reflection questions

  1. How does the centurion (through his Jewish friends) approach Jesus at first? See vv. 3–5. Compare and contrast this approach to these passages: Luke 18:9–14 and Phil. 3:3–11.
  2. How does the centurion see himself in vv. 6–7? Compare and contrast his self-perception with these passages: Isaiah 6:1–7; Psalm 51 (especially v.17). Luke 5:1–11 (especially v.8)
  3. What is commendable about the centurion’s faith (vv7–9)? Compare Romans 4:18–21 (esp. v.21).
What Does ‘Judge Not’ Really Mean?

Luke 6:37–42

Sermon Notes

If you Judge yourself first, (v.42)

  1. … You will give and receive generously, vv. 37–38
  2. … You will not follow blind guides or produce blind disciples, vv. 39–40
  3. … You will be able to give good judgment and guidance, vv. 41–42
  4. … You have obviously ___

Reflection questions

  1. How would describe a judgmental attitude versus a gracious attitude? What’s one way that you’ve been judgmental in the past week, and how could you have been more gracious?
  2. What kind of “guides” and leaders should we be following? Consider 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:12–15; 1 Tim. 6:11–12; 2 Tim. 4:7
  3. Consider the following verses that speak of the love and kindness of God. Do any of these verse surprise you? Luke 6:35–36; Romans 2:4; Eph. 4:32; Ex. 34:6–7; Jonah 4:1–2; Is 30:18
Ordinary, Radical Christianity: Loving Our Enemies

Luke 6:27–36

Sermon Notes

  1. Love; don’t retaliate, vv. 27–31
  2. Love; don’t return the favor, vv. 30–35.
  3. Love, and remember your Father’s love, vv. 35–36.

Reflection questions

  1. Whose name comes to mind when you hear these words: “Love your enemies”? Whose face do you picture? What do you think Christ wants you to do about that?
  2. Is your life significantly different than that of a sinner, a non–Christian? See Luke 6:32–34. Also see Matthew 6:31–34. How is Luke 6:31 (The Golden Rule) harder than the following: Don’t do anything to someone else that you wouldn’t want them to do to you?
  3. Have you forgotten that you were once an enemy of God? Read Romans 5:6–10; Luke 6:35– 36; Ephesians 4:32. How can the knowledge that you were once an enemy of God motivate you to love others who are difficult for you to love?
Are you sure you want your best life NOW, not later?

Luke 6:20–26

Sermon Notes

  1. Jesus Promises Your Best Life Later, vv. 20–23
  2. Do You Really Want Your Best Life Now (not later)? vv. 24–26
  3. There Are Still Only 2 Choices, vv. 20–26

Reflection questions

  1. Is laughter always bad? Is mourning always good? Why can mourning be a good thing? Consider Ecclesiastes 7:2–4.
  2. Are wealth and riches always bad? What is the danger of wealth? How can wealth blind us to deeper needs than money and daily bread? See 1 Tim. 6:17–20; Revelation 3:14–22 (especially vv.17–18)
  3. Read Psalm 1 – What are the two ways that the Psalmist lays out? What are the primary differences in these two ways during the here and now? The primary differences in their future destiny?
Confidence in Our Weakness

Luke 6:12–19

Sermon Notes

  1. Jesus doesn’t call the great, he calls the ordinary (v.12–16)
  2. And not based on their qualifications, but on his calling (v.12–19)
  3. It’s not our ability that makes us useful to him but instead our dependency (v.17–19)

Discussion questions

  1. Do you fear that your weaknesses are too great and that the get in the way of being best used by God?
  2. In what ways does current church culture in America give special attention to the “great”?
  3. How could an emphasis on “the greatest of these” in the church steal glory from God?
  4. Have you ever felt disqualified to serve God?
  5. How does this self-disqualification run in contradiction to God calling all of us to serve him (Romans 12, Eph. 4, 1 Cor. 12)?
  6. How could self-confidence keep us away from being dependent on God?
  7. If your prayer life was a measurement of your reliance on God, would you say you were more God-dependent or more self-sufficient?
  8. Explain to someone how your weakness could actually be an asset to God?
  9. How might a tendency to boast in our weakness affect our witness to not-yet- Christians?
The Lord of the Sabbath

Luke 6:1–11

Sermon Notes

  1. What necessities are lawful on the Sabbath? vv. 1–5
  2. What Lord can restore and purify Sabbath laws? v.5
  3. What mercies are lawful on the Sabbath? vv. 6–10
  4. What will we do with this Lord of the Sabbath? v. 11

Reflection questions

  1. Isn’t it a good thing that we aren’t like the Pharisees? See what God says about that idea in Luke 18:9–14 and 1 Cor. 10:12.
  2. Read Luke 14:1–6. Why does Jesus mention the son and the ox? Read Matthew 12:11–12, as well. Is Jesus upset at what the Pharisees regularly did on the Sabbath (saving an ox, a sheep, a son)? Or is He encouraging them to let others do the same? See Matthew 12:7; what did Jesus want them to do more of?
  3. Read Isaiah 58:1–8, 13–14 (esp. v.3). What does Jesus want to teach us about fasting and the Sabbath in this passage? Also see Romans 13:8–10.
What do fasting, patches, and wineskins have to do with Jesus?

Luke 5:33–39

Sermon Notes

3 Lessons from Jesus

  1. The old is gone, the new has come, and it’s time to party, vv. 33–35
  2. The old is incompatible with the new, vv. 36–38
  3. If you like the old, you may never even consider the new, v. 39

Reflection questions

  1. If you fast, how should you fast? How should you pray? See Matthew 6:1–8, 16–18.
  2. Read Philippians 3:2–10. How would Paul have described the old way and the new way? Which one did he prefer (cf. Luke 5:39)? Name some good things you do which you might mistakenly think make you less needy of God’s grace.
  3. Why should we be grateful that Christ is our Bridegroom? Is that image only supposed to bring positive and happy memories to our minds? What kind of Bride are the people of God? (Consider Hosea 1:2 and Revelation 19:6–9a.)
Who Needs a Doctor?

Luke 5:27–32

Sermon Notes

  1. The One Who Follows Jesus, vv. 27–28
  2. The Ones Who Feast with Jesus, v. 29
  3. The Ones Who Frown at Jesus, v.30
  4. The Ones Who Need a Physician Like Jesus, vv. 31–32

Reflection questions

  1. Compare vv.30–32 to Luke 18:9–14. What attitude does Jesus condemn in both stories? Should we be on the lookout for this attitude in our own hearts? (See 1 Cor. 10:12) Should we only have a negative view of ourselves; is this glorifying to God? Consider I Cor. 15:9–10a.
  2. Read vv. 28–29. What attitude did Levi have towards his wealth? What else does the Bible say about our relationship to our money in this life? See 1 Tim. 6:17–19.
  3. How would you react if your son had wasted your money, lived a wild life and then came home, penniless, and asked for your help? Would you grumble (Lk 5:30) or throw a party? Read Luke 15:1–2, 11–32 and ask how you think Jesus would want us to react?