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Luke 1:1-4 Foundations of the Faith

This morning we are beginning a fresh study in the Gospel of Luke. It has long been my desire to study our Lord Jesus’ life and only now has God’s leading taken me in this direction, and I am excited. I’ve been steeping myself increasingly in the third gospel with pleasure, allowing it’s words and accounts to wash over me in it’s ebb and flow. This morning I invite you into a fantastic faith building journey through the gospel of Luke.

Begin at the Beginning

Let’s begin with the first four verses of Luke, which in some respects is nothing more than an introduction but it also serves as an important statement of purpose.
Imagine receiving a scroll of some considerable length, fortunately it’s all rolled up so you begin by unraveling the first few inches just to see what’s in it. In fact you would be hoping that you’ll be able to figure it out in the first few inches or else it becomes a massive undertaking to unroll and re-roll the scroll to peruse the whole thing just to figure out what it was about. Not many would pick up a featureless book and read through several chapters to figure out it’s purpose. Fortunately for us, books have dust jackets, and scrolls like the one that Dr. Luke wrote begin with a quick introduction telling you what you can expect as you go through it.
Luke’s singular purpose is to reassure his reader of the exact truth of what he had been taught.

The Source of the gospel message

For starters, Luke sets his writing up against the many different accounts that were available in that day. Pay attention to what he lists here because it points to the trustworthiness of the gospel message.

Foundations – Powerpoint

As I prepare to return to regular blogging and posting of my messages I’m also trying to catch up on my current sermon series from Luke.
As a start I’ve whipped up a PowerPoint template along with some graphics. I thought I’d share it here for anyone who was so inclined.

The image itself was actually one of the men in the church I serve laying the foundation for the parsonage, with a few sessions in GIMP I was able to turn a ho hum picture into a functional PowerPoint template.

Luke – So that You May Know

We live in an age of great doubt, skepticism and cynicism. And we ourselves are prone to the same. In large measure, not much has changed. As Paul stood once in the Areopagus and proclaimed Christ to a group of men who loved nothing more than to listen to the latest ideas, so we too live in a world where everyone, including ourselves are often looking for something new to entertain us for awhile.
But this constant thirst for new entertainment or new information can leave us wanting for something that truly satisfies.
Someone who is thirsty can drink a soda or yes even a cup of coffee; both are liquids but in order to truly satisfy the body – plain water does the job much better. With our constant thirst for something new, we can deaden the pangs by turning up the volume or we can open our hearts and minds to something that truly satisfies.
Luke promises that amid a collection of competing histories of Jesus that his will satisfy our certainty and will build our faith.
Come, Journey with me through the Gospel of Luke that we might be mutually encouraged in the Faith which was once for all passed on to the saints.