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Jesus Before Pilate and Herod (Luke 23:1-25)

Jesus Before Pilate and Herod Luke 23:1-25

(Luke 23:1-25)

I. Before Pilate

    A. The accusations (23:1-2; Acts 10:38; Luke 20:20-26)
    B. “Are You the King of the Jews?” (23:3; John 18:33-37)
    C. “I find no fault in this Man” (23:4-6)

II. Before Herod

    A. Herod’s curiosity (23:7-8)
    B. Jesus’ silence (23:9-10)
    C. Herod’s mockery (23:11-12; Revelation 3:17-18)

III. Before Pilate (again)

    A. Pilate’s plan (23:13-17)
    B. The Jews’ rejection (23:18-19)
    C. Jesus delivered to the will of the Jews (23:20-25; Romans 12:1-2)

What Makes a Strong Church?

What Makes a Strong Church?

I. A strong church is a converted church

    A. Priorities (Matthew 6:33)
    B. Conviction (1 Peter 3:15)
    C. Love (1 John 5:3)

II. A strong church is a working church

    A. Every Christian must bear fruit and win souls (James 1:22)
    B. Prevents worldliness (1 John 2:15-17)
    C. Prevents error (Matthew 7:21-23)

III. A strong church is a praying church

    A. We should communicate with God often (Hebrews 4:16)
    B. Every faithful Christian’s prayer is powerful (James 5:16)

IV. A strong church is a united church

    A. Christ prayed for unity (John 17:20-21)
    B. Paul preached unity (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Following…At A Distance (Luke 22:54-62)

Following at a Distance Luke 22

(Luke 22:54-62)

I. Associating with the enemies of God

    A. Peter didn’t want to get too close to Jesus (Luke 22:54; John 18:15-16)
    B. Peter didn’t object to sitting with His enemies though (Luke 22:55; Psalm 1:1; Ephesians 5:8-11)
    C. He didn’t want to stand out in the crowd (Luke 22:56-57; 1 Peter 4:1-4)

II. The danger of the “little white lie”

    A. His attempt to stay incognito (Luke 22:56-58)
    B. Are you ashamed of the Lord, His church, His truth? (1 Peter 3:15)

III. One sin often leads to more sin

    A. The arrest in Gethsemane (Luke 22:49-50; John 18:10-11; Luke 22:51; John 18:26-27; Luke 22:60)
    B. Easier and easier to repeat sin, sometimes out of self-preservation

IV. How do we respond to our error?

    A. Caught red-handed (Luke 22:60-61)
    B. The omnipresence of God (Hebrews 4:13)
    C. Godly sorrow (Luke 22:62; 1 John 1:9)

The Prayer in the Garden (Luke 22:39-46)

The Prayer in the Garden Luke 22

(Luke 22:39-46)

I. Humility

    A. Encouraged among His disciples (Luke 22:40; 11:4; 22:33-34; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
    B. Demonstrated in His own prayer (Luke 22:41; Mark 14:35; Matthew 26:39; Luke 18:9-14)

II. Submission to the Father’s will

    A. “The cup” (Luke 22:42, 44; John 12:27)
    B. Total submission (Hebrews 5:7-9; Philippians 2:5-8)

III. Strength

    A. Ministering angels (Luke 22:43; Matthew 4:11; Psalm 69:20; Luke 2:8-14)
    B. We must help our Christian family (Luke 22:44; Galatians 6:2; James 2:15-16)

One More Night with the Frogs

One More Night with the Frogs Exodus 8

(Exodus 8:1-15)

I. The hardening of one’s conscience

    A. Pharaoh (Exodus 8:15)
    B. The religious world at large (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
    C. Falling away from the truth (Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 3:12-13)

II. The uncertainty of death

    A. Spiritual “Russian Roulette” (Hebrews 9:27-28)
    B. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

III. The coming of the Lord

    A. We do not know when (Mark 13:32-33)
    B. There will be no signs (2 Peter 3:1-13)

IV. What do you turn your back on?

    A. The love of Christ (Romans 5:6-8)
    B. The truth (John 8:31-32)
    C. Peace with God (Ephesians 2:14-16)

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

(1 Corinthians 15:58)

I. Powerful faith

    A. Scriptural examples (Mark 5)
    B. Developed through study and application of the Word (Romans 10:17)
    C. Faith is foundational (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Peter 1:5-8)

II. Prevailing power

    A. Scriptural examples (Jabez, Solomon, Nehemiah, Daniel, Ezra)
    B. We should pray as we work, we should pray as we prepare to work, and we should pray for others who do the work as well (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-20)
    C. The example of Elijah (James 5:17-18)

III. Passionate zeal

    A. “To boil with heat” (Romans 12:10-11)
    B. Zeal and preparedness (Titus 2:13-14; 3:1; Ephesians 2:10)
    C. Zeal in spreading the gospel (Mark 16:15-16; 2 Timothy 2:2)

IV. Personal love

    A. If there is no love in our work, it is all done in vain (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
    B. Love for God (Matthew 22:37-38; John 14:15)
    C. Love for others (Matthew 22:39; Romans 13:10; Ephesians 4:15)
    D. Love for self (Matthew 22:39; 1 Timothy 4:16)

V. Persistent effort

    A. Perseverance pays off (Galatians 6:9-10)
    B. The example of Paul (Philippians 3:13-14)

Greatness (Luke 22:24-30)

Greatness Luke 22:24-30

Luke 22:24-30

I. Greatness according to man

    A. Their dispute (Luke 22:24)
    B. Based on faulty concept of His kingdom (Acts 1:6)
    C. The world’s way of doing things (Luke 22:25)

II. Greatness according to God

    A. Humility (Luke 22:26; 20:46; Matthew 20:20-28; 1 Peter 5:2-3)
    B. Service (Luke 22:27; John 13:1-17)

III. The value of loyalty

    A. Loyalty remembered (Luke 22:28; John 6:60-69; 11:5-8,14-16)
    B. Loyalty rewarded (Luke 22:29-30; Colossians 3:1-4)

The “I Am” Statements of Paul

The I Am Statements of Paul Romans 1:14-16

Romans 1:14-16

I. “I am a debtor” (Romans 1:14)

    A. The former life of sin (Acts 8:1,3; 9:1-2; 1 Timothy 1:13)
    B. The obligation to warn (Mark 16:15; Ezekiel 3:17-21)
    C. Paul understood his obligation (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:14-17)

II. “I am ready to preach the gospel” (Romans 1:15)

    A. Anytime, anywhere (Acts 16:25-34)
    B. Rejection is inevitable (Acts 24:24-25; 26:27-29)
    C. We must not let rejection deter us from teaching (Galatians 6:9)

III. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16)

    A. The gospel—not the teacher—is “the power of God to salvation” (Romans 1:16)
    B. Christians who are ashamed are of no value to the Lord (Mark 8:38)
    C. We can be confident in our eternal life (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

Sin vs. Sacrifice

The Widow's Two Mites

Luke 20:45-21:4

I. Pride and hypocrisy go hand-in-hand

    A. The dangers of these attitudes (Luke 20:45-46; Matthew 6:1,5,16; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 3:2-6; Luke 14:7-11)
    B. Evil attitudes lead to evil actions (Luke 20:47; 18:11-12)

II. The sacrificial widow

    A. God’s people are supposed to take care of widows (Luke 21:1-4; Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 24:19-21; 27:19; James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:3-6)
    B. She was selfless in her sacrifice (Luke 21:3-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 12; Galatians 6:10)

A View of God in the Eyes of Nahum

View of God in the Eyes of Nahum 1:2-3,7

Nahum 1:2-3, 7

I. Bad news (Nahum 1:2)

    A. Jealous (Exodus 20:4-5; 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24; Matthew 6:33)
    B. Avenges (1 John 1:9; Hebrews 12:25, 29)
    C. Furious (because of impenitence)
    D. Mercy in the Old Testament (Exodus 33:17-19; Numbers 14:18; Psalm 13:5; 23:6)
    E. Wrath in the New Testament (Romans 1:18; 2:5-6; Ephesians 5:5-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

II. Good and bad news (Nahum 1:3)

    A. Slow to anger (Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm 103:8; Jonah 4:2; James 1:19-20; Galatians 5:22-23)
    B. Great in power (creation, deliverance, miracles)
    C. Will not at all acquit the wicked (Psalm 1:5)

III. Good news (Nahum 1:7)

    A. The Lord is good (Psalm 31:19; John 3:16)
    B. A stronghold in the day of trouble (Psalm 46:1; 61:3)
    C. The Lord knows those who trust in Him (1 John 2:3-5)