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?
A Third Time

John 21:15–25

Sermon Notes

  1. The Message of Resurrection and Restoration, vv. 15–17
  2. The Message of Remaining Sin, vv. 18–22
  3. The Reliable Message, vv. 23–25

Discussion Questions

  1. Does God save us by giving us a second chance, or does He save us by grace? What’s the difference? Consider Eph 2:8–9
  2. After God saves someone, would you expect them to notice more sin or less sin in their life? Consider Romans 7:15–25.
  3. Does Biblical faith mean believing in spite of the evidence or believing because of the evidence? Consider Luke 1:1–4
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?