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3.31.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

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Sermon Notes & Slide

Who Gave You This Authority?
Luke 20
Tony Chute, Interim Pastor

Overview: Luke depicts a series of interactions between Jesus and those who have plotted to destroy Him. The first interaction revolves around the question of authority in which Jesus silences his critics by exposing their unwillingness to accede the clear conclusion drawn from the ministry of John the Baptist. The parable that follows underscores the nature of rebellion against lawful authority by highlighting the right of God to rule over his people and their refusal to recognize his reign. The second interaction centers on the question of whether a conflict exists between worshipping God and obeying governmental authority. Jesus’ response allows for both while at the same time, avoiding idolatry or insurrection. The third interaction is based upon a theological disagreement, which Jesus expertly addresses using the authority of Scripture. The chapter concludes with the assertion that Jesus has received all authority, followed by a warning that those who live under false authority will receive greater condemnation.

Questions For Discussion & Discovery

01. Rebellion against proper authority is a common trait of the human heart and may be recognized by rejection of known truth, evasion of perceptible truth, pretentions of seeking truth, and disinterest in accepting truth.

02. Reception of proper authority is a common trait of the Christian heart and may be recognized by conforming our thinking to Scripture in all matters including who speaks for God, how to conduct ourselves in this life, and what to expect in the life to come.

1. Why did Jesus refer to the ministry of John the Baptist in order to address the legitimacy of his own ministry? See John 5:30-47 for additional support for the ministry of Jesus.
2. What does the parable of the wicked tenants teach us about the danger of following popular thought in the apparent absence of divine authority? How does the promise of Christ’s return shape the way you live each day?
3. Do you struggle to “render to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar”? In what ways? Do you find it more difficult to render to God the things that are God’s? What is the proper relationship between Christians and government? See Romans 13 for further insight.
4. How do Jesus’ teaching on marriage and the resurrection undermine the question and claims of the Sadducees? What can we conclude about Jesus when He speaks authoritatively about heaven?
5. Are you able to distinguish between proper authority and pretentious authority? Why do those who operate on the basis of pretentious authority deserve greater condemnation? If you have a habit of discarding God-ordained authority, pray for the Lord to give you a heart that desires to serve Him under the leadership of those He has appointed over you.
For Further Reading: D. A. Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Zondervan, 1996).

 

3.24.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slide The Time of Your Visitation Luke 19 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: Luke highlights a number of responses to Jesus as He draws near and enters Jerusalem. Zacchaeus, who has spent much of his adult life taking advantage of the Jewish people, responds by repenting of his past sins… Continue Reading

3.17.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slides Everyone Who Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled Luke 18 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: This chapter in Luke’s gospel contains two parables, two encounters, and two brief but important sayings. The parable of the persistent widow teaches us not to lose heart in praying, while the parable of the… Continue Reading

3.10.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slides A Great Chasm Luke 16 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: In this section of Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells two parables that connect the present life with the afterlife. The parable of the dishonest manager centers upon a man whose shady business practices result both in dismissal and praise by… Continue Reading

3.3.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slides Lost and Found Luke 15 Pastor Scott Williams Overview: In one chapter, Luke highlights three of Jesus’ most memorable parables. All three highlight something of great importance that was lost, then after being sought after, was joyously found. The impetus for telling these stories was in reaction to the… Continue Reading

2.24.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slides Fear Not, Little Flock Luke 12 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: Jesus’ ministry takes on an increasingly divisive yet pastoral tone as He draws near to Jerusalem. The crowds that gather and the disciples He has chosen must now understand they are not living in ordinary times as their… Continue Reading

2.17.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes & Slides Lord, Teach Us to Pray Text: Luke 11 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: Luke’s account of the life of Jesus includes a remarkable section on the importance, pattern, and expectations of prayer. In response to his disciples’ request, Jesus taught believers to approach God lovingly and reverently; to request… Continue Reading

2.10.2019 Sermon Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Slides A Vision for Christian Mission Luke 10 Taylor Mendoza, Pastor of Student Ministries 1. A Laser-Focused Mission: Embrace the mission of making disciples who make disciples with urgency.  2. A Word-Balanced Message: Keep the bad news and the good news of the gospel connected in your proclamation.  3. A Christ-Compelling Love: Love… Continue Reading

2.3.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes Who, Then, is This? Text: Luke 8 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: One of the stated purposes of Luke’s gospel is to provide certainty concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. He, therefore, provides information with the intent of drawing forth a commitment from his readers. Despite the fact that… Continue Reading

1.27.2019 Sermon Notes & Slides

Click HERE to download. Sermon Notes Shall We Look for Another? Text: Luke 7 Tony Chute, Interim Pastor Overview: The powerful teaching ministry of Jesus was complemented by his extraordinary power to heal, both of which were signs of his messianic identity. Luke highlights two miracles in particular—one that demonstrates Jesus’s ability to heal others when He… Continue Reading