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Acts 2:42-47 Life After Repentance

The Youtube video is linked here. As you start turning to Acts 2:42-47, I want to introduce you to what it looks like to live Life after Repentance. Teachers in Jesus’ day recognized the principle of Kavanah. It is a Hebrew word meaning “to aim” that is used to speak of the inner life and points to hitting the bullseye by strengthening yourself, aiming, releasing, and hitting the bullseye repeatedly while taking into account the favor of God on the Arrow’s flight. Kavanah combines our intentional action as we purposely do spiritual disciplines together with the expectation that God is present and active. Kavanah refuses to pretend that only God is active in my life; and it refuses to act as if all of my spiritual progress is up to me alone and if I just work hard enough I can hit the target. Kavanah demands that we labor as God labors within us. it is the Expression of Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 15:10. 1 Corinthians 15:10 NASB95 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. God was […]

Life After Repentance

Luke 25:50-53 Easter and the Ascension of Christ

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Gospel of LukeThis sermon has been posted to Youtube here: https://youtu.be/LtRqsZfo_60 This morning as we look, for the last time, at the Gospel of Luke, we find ourselves looking not at the morning of the resurrection, but a day some forty days later – as Christ is preparing to ascend back to heaven. But this is a good place to be, because the gospel doesn’t end with the resurrection, it goes on. Jesus did not merely die to save our souls, nor was he only buried to bring about our redemption. Nor was he merely raised because of our justification (Romans 4:25) but the Christ who was raised also ascended to heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand. The ascension of Christ has several important implications for us, including this one: As Christ Ascended so shall we! Take the time to read: Luke 24:50-53. Luke 24:50–53 NASB95 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising […]

The Ascension of christ: Beyond the Resurrection

THE TEMPLE, THE TRIBULATION, AND THE TREE. LOOK UP! (Part 2)

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke Last week we looked at the signs of the times. This week we saw the worst week for law enforcement since 9/11. Remember: Look up because your redemption is drawing near! It’s a bit like reading through a newspaper to see what Jesus described in Luke 21: Wars, rumors of wars, political upheaval, Natural disasters apparently on a larger and larger scale. He also described some things that we’re not seeing much of yet: Celestial signs, significant enough to drive men to fear (Luke 21:26). It is tempting to want to look through scriptures like Luke 17:22ff and here at Luke 21:5-35 merely for insight into the future. What we are meant to see here are the clear instructions our Lord gives us for dealing with the “here and now” of life’s struggles as well as the “there and then” at the end of this world. So what is a Christian to do in a world of upheaval? Do not be Misled Luke 21:8 nails it down for us: “see to it that you are not misled…” There will be false messiah’s. There will be rumors that the real Jesus has come back. In fact in […]