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Love Your Enemies (Luke 6:27-36)

Love Your Enemies

Luke 6:27-36

I. A principle of submission

    A. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27; Matthew 5:16)
    B. “Bless those that curse you” (Luke 6:28a)
    C. “Pray for those who spitefully use you” (Luke 6:28b; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

II. The principle applied

    A. “Offer your other [cheek] also” (Luke 6:29a; Romans 12:17-21)
    B. “Give to everyone who asks of you” (Luke 6:29b-30)
    C. The Golden Rule: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12)

III. “What credit is that to you?”

    A. Step outside your comfort zone (Luke 6:32-34; Proverbs 25:21-22)
    B. “Your reward will be great” (Luke 6:35; James 4:10)
    C. “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” – show compassion toward those who mistreat you, as they do not yet know the love of God (Luke 6:36; Romans 5:6-11)

Stay Positive

Stay Positive

Philippians 2:14-16

I. Stop trying to please everyone

    A. We must please God (Psalm 147:11; Hebrews 13:15-16; Romans 12:1-2)
    B. This will upset some people (Galatians 1:10)

II. Give up the fear of change

    A. Paul’s attitude toward change (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
    B. The early church’s response to change (Acts 8)

III. Don’t live in the past

    A. Have you been forgiven? (Philippians 3:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:1-3)
    B. Forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15)

IV. Stop over-thinking and worrying

    A. Seek God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness (Matthew 6:25-34)
    B. Turn to Him when you struggle (Philippians 4:6-7)

V. Don’t doubt yourself and put yourself down

    A. You are: chosen, royal, and holy! (1 Peter 2:9)
    B. He has given us power, love, and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7; Ephesians 3:4; 2 Peter 1:3)

Blessings and Woes (Luke 6:20-26)

Blessings and Woes Luke 6:20-26

Luke 6:20-26

I. The poor and the rich

    A. “Poor in spirit” = contrition and humility (Luke 6:20; Matthew 5:3)
    B. “Rich” trust in wealth and self (Luke 6:24; Matthew 6:19-21; Mark 10:23-25; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; Luke 18:9-14; Revelation 3:17-18)

II. The hungry and the full

    A. “Hunger…for righteousness” (Luke 6:21a; Matthew 5:6)
    B. “The full,” in thinking he knows it all, shows how little he knows

III. The weeping and laughing

    A. Godly sorrow produces repentance (Luke 6:21b; 2 Cor. 7:8-11)
    B. Don’t “laugh it off” (Luke 6:25b; James 4:9; Philippians 4:4; Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 13:6; James 1:2)

IV. The persecuted and the praised

    A. Threats from the religious (Luke 6:22-23; Acts 4:18-21; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 3:13-17)
    B. The approval of men (Luke 6:26; 2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Our God, He Is Alive

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I. General revelation

    A. “There is, beyond the azure blue, a God concealed from human sight” (Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20)
    B. “He tinted skies with heav’nly hue and framed the worlds with His great might” (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3)

II. Specific revelation

    A. “There was, a long, long time ago, a God whose voice the prophets heard” (2 Peter 1:16-21)
    B. “He is the God that we should know” (John 17:3; 2 Peter 3:9; John 14:6)
    C. “Who speaks from His inspired word” (Romans 10:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

III. The creation of man

    A. “Secure is life from mortal mind; God holds the germ within His hand” (Genesis 2:7; 1:26-28)
    B. “Though men may search they cannot find, for God alone does understand” (Job 38:4-7; Deuteronomy 29:29)

IV. The sacrifice of the Son

    A. “Our God, whose Son upon a tree, a life was willing there to give” (Ephesians 2:14-16)
    B. “That He from sin might set man free, and evermore with Him could live” (Romans 6:16-18; Ephesians 3:10-11; Matthew 25:34)

[Lesson developed from hymn by A. W. Dicus]

Forgiveness and Healing (Luke 5:17-26)

Luke 5 17 26 The Healing of the Paralytic

Luke 5:17-26

I. The influence of faithful friends (Luke 5:18-19)

    A. They refused to give up (Luke 8:14)
    B. “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

II. The immensity of Jesus’ power (Luke 5:20-25)

    A. The judgment of the scribes and Pharisees (Acts 26:5; Matthew 23; 5:20; Deuteronomy 18:18-22; Mark 14:64)
    B. Jesus demonstrated His power to forgive and heal (John 3:17)

III. The importance of a proper response to Jesus (Luke 5:25-26)

    A. They were amazed (Luke 2:47; 4:36)
    B. They glorified God (Luke 5:25)
    C. They were filled with fear (Luke 5:8)
    D. “We have seen strange things today!”

Launch Out Into The Deep (Luke 5:1-11)

Launch Out Into The Deep Luke 5:1-11

Luke 5:1-11

I. God doesn’t expect you to do everything all at once

    A. The Great Commission (Mark 16:15) was preceded by a limited commission (Matthew 10:5-7)
    B. Our obligation begins in our own backyard (Matthew 10:5-6)
    C. We need to obey the initial “little” command (Luke 5:3) before we “launch out into the deep” (Luke 5:4)

II. We are not doing it alone

    A. “They signaled to their partners” (Luke 5:6-7)
    B. Don’t be anxious or scared (Luke 5:9-10; 1 Samuel 8:6-7)
    C. Even Jesus was not 100% “successful” (Mark 10:22; John 6:65-66)
    D. Don’t give up (Galatians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:58)

III. The importance of our attitude

    A. Peter seemed reluctant (Luke 5:4-5)
    B. Don’t complain (1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Philippians 2:14-15)
    C. Full commitment (Luke 5:11; 9:57-62; Romans 12:1-2)


The Authority of Jesus (Luke 4:31-44)

Authority of Jesus

Luke 4:31-44

INTRO. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me” (Luke 4:16-30)

I. His authority in teaching (Luke 4:31-32)

    A. When what we want (tradition) trumps what God wants (revelation), then we are in trouble (Matthew 7:28-29; 15:3-9; Colossians 3:16)
    B. We must look at what Christ commanded (Ephesians 5:23; Matthew 28:18-20)

II. His authority over the supernatural/spiritual realm (Luke 4:33-37)

    A. Demon possession in Scriptures (Mark 9:22)
    B. Why did Jesus forbid the unclean spirit from testifying? “Consider the source”
    C. The people were astonished, and Jesus’ fame spread

III. His authority over disease (Luke 4:38-44)

    A. Peter’s mother-in-law (Luke 4:38-39)
    B. Compassionate healing (Luke 4:40-41; Matthew 14:14; 20:34; Mark 1:41)
    C. The reaction of the people: “Don’t go!” (Luke 4:42-44)

The Blessing of Righteousness (Psalm 1)

Psalm 1

Psalm 1

INTRO. The importance of righteousness (Matthew 5:6; 23:26-28; 25:46)

I. “Blessed” indicates happiness (Deuteronomy 33:29)

    A. The blessed man refuses some things (Psalm 1:1)
    B. The blessed man delights in God’s Word (Psalm 1:2; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; James 1:21-25)

II. Bearing fruit for the Lord (Psalm 1:3)

    A. The tree is planted intentionally (Psalm 33:14-16)
    B. “In its season” (Matthew 7:17-19; John 15:1-2,4-6)
    C. “Whatever he does shall prosper”

III. Further contrast between the ungodly and the righteous

    A. Ungodly “are like the chaff” (Psalm 1:4)
    B. They will one day lose God’s blessings (Psalm 1:5)
    C. It is a special blessing to be known by the Lord and to be counted by Him as righteous (Psalm 1:6; James 2:22-23)

Temptation (Luke 4:1-13)

Temptation of Jesus

I. Who was tempted?

    A. Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 4:1-2a)
    B. He had the ability, but it would have been against God’s will (Luke 4:2b; Romans 1:9-10)
    C. Overcame using Scripture (Luke 4:4,8,12)

II. Who is the tempter?

    A. “That serpent of old” (Revelation 20:2; Genesis 3:1)
    B. “A roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8)
    C. “An angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

III. The pinnacle (Luke 4:9)

    A. “On top of the world”
    B. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1 Timothy 3:6-7; Galatians 6:1; 1 Corinthians 10:12)

IV. Resist!

    A. If we fall, we will fall hard (Luke 4:11; James 1:15)
    B. Satan will flee (James 4:7), but not forever (Luke 4:13)
    C. God gives us the power to resist through His Word (James 1:12; 4:8)

Heaven Holds All To Me

Heaven Holds All To Me

I. “Earth holds no treasures but perish with using…”

    A. Where is your treasure? (Matthew 6:19; 13:22; Luke 12:15-21)
    B. A greater citizenship than “American” (Philippians 3:17-21)

II. “Out on the hills of that wonderful country…”

    A. Happy (Matthew 5:3-12)
    B. Contented (1 Timothy 6:6-8; Hebrews 13:5)
    C. Free (John 8:32-36)
    D. “Loved ones are waiting and watching my coming…” (1 Thess. 2:19)

III. “Why should I long for the world with its sorrows…”

    A. Sin is pleasurable, but the consequences are destructive (Hebrews 11:24-26; Luke 16:19-24)
    B. No sorrow in heaven (Revelation 21:4) but singing (Revelation 15:3-4; James 5:13b)

IV. “Heaven holds all to me”

    A. “Brighter its glory will be” (Hebrews 10:34; 11:16)
    B. “Joy without measure will be my treasure” (Mathew 13:44)

[Lesson developed from hymn by Tillit S. Teddlie]