Bible Text: Luke 18:31–43 | Preacher: Todd Dugard | Series: The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 As we read the Gospels from our complete perspective, we see the clarity with which he predicted his own death, burial, and resurrection. And yet, his disciples didn’t grasp at all what he was saying to them about how things would end. It is difficult to say whether or not they simply couldn’t believe that was the way it would go down, or if God himself had put a veil over their understanding of these things so nothing would hinder the plan. Given our understanding of human responsibility and divine sovereignty, we would say both of those are true. Here is the irony: Though we have the completed canon of Scripture and know exactly and in detail what Jesus did for us and that he will return in power and glory, we still struggle to grasp all that he, through the work of the Holy Spirit, is doing in our day and in our lives. We miss the awesomeness of who he is and what his plans for us are. How can we keep from missing what Jesus is doing? That is what we will look at in Luke 18:31-43 this weekend. Download Small Group Questions Sermon Notes The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 They Did Not Grasp What Was Said Pastor Todd Dugard // Luke 18:31–43 April 14–15, 2018 How can I keep from missing what Jesus is doing? (v. 34) 1. Anticipate what’s to come (v. 31) 2. Grasp the awfulness of his death (v. 32–33a) 3. Celebrate the awesomeness of his resurrection (v. 33b) 4. See the desperate needs around you (v. 35–39) 5. Pray to the God who hears and answers (v. 40–41) 6. Experience the healing he offers (v. 42) 7. Give him praise and glory! (v. 43)
Bible Text: Luke 18:18–30 | Preacher: Todd Dugard | Series: The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 Among the things we will see in this weekend’s message in Luke 18:18-30 is the radical nature of being a true Christian. It represents a life-altering, priority-changing, all-in commitment to follow Jesus Christ. In the passage, a man comes with a question about how to “inherit eternal life.” Jesus’ answer requires him—a rich man—to divest of his wealth, give it to the poor, and follow Jesus. He walked away sad because he was uber-rich and couldn’t bring himself to cash out his earthly wealth to cash-in, so to speak, on what could have been his heavenly wealth. We can’t get too caught up in the details of the rich man’s particular situation. It would be too easy to say, “I’m not a rich man” and give ourselves a pass. Maybe we don’t have the wealth he had, but the call to follow Jesus is no less radical for any of us. If it isn’t money that gets in the way of our passionate pursuit of holiness and mission, then it’s something else. The question is, will we cash-out whatever it is to follow him in the way he prescribes? There’s a mind-blowing inheritance awaiting those who do. Download Small Group Questions Sermon Notes The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life? Pastor Todd Dugard // Luke 18:18–30 April 7–8, 2018 To inherit eternal life with God, I must... • Set aside time to discuss it with him (v. 18–21) • Do a cost-benefit analysis (v. 22–24) • Realize that it is an exclusive offer (v. 25–27) • Sign the contract (v. 28) • Receive an unmatched return on the investment (v. 29–30)
Bible Text: Luke 18:15–17 | Preacher: Todd Dugard | Series: The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 There is something about how a kid sees Jesus that is the key for all of us to see Jesus. Could it really be that simple? Do we, as adults, overcomplicate and encumber the understanding of who God is and how we ought to relate to him? For our many guests at Harvest this weekend, that question is critical. Many people don’t come to faith in Christ because too many churches, pastors, theologians, and philosophers have complicated the whole thing. In essence, our sophistication has made God inaccessible in our minds. For Easter Sunday, we are going to take a look at Luke 18:15-17 to try to get a handle on that very thing. In this brief encounter that Jesus has with some children, he explains the radical and simple truth that, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Download Small Group Questions Sermon Notes The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 Like a Child Pastor Todd Dugard // Luke 18:15–17 April 1, 2018 Getting right with God means... • Admitting I can’t do it by myself (v. 15a) • Ignoring all objections (v. 15b) • Coming to Jesus with childlike faith (v. 16–17)
Bible Text: Luke 18:9–14 | Preacher: Todd Dugard | Series: The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 How are we to approach God? What posture? What attitude? What words? If we really want God to hear our prayers, what’s the best way to come to him? The passage in front of us this weekend, Luke 18:9-14, is one of those seismic moments in Jesus’ teaching. The parable dismantles the prevailing idea that religious people are the ones with whom God is impressed. This is such a default setting for us as human beings. Some 2000 years after Jesus taught this, we’re still struggling to understand and apply what he said. Namely, that the prayers of broken, humble people get heard while the prayers of pious, religious people do not. Download Small Group Questions Sermon Notes The Gospel of Luke | Pt. 5 Be Merciful to Me, a Sinner Pastor Todd Dugard // Luke 18:9–14 March 24–25, 2018 What’s my approach to God? Do I… Or do I… Think I’m better than others? See myself as God sees me? Pray self-confidently? Pray God-dependently? Rehearse my good works? Repent of my sin? Leave unforgiven? Leave forgiven? Lift myself up Get low (and be brought low by God)? (and be lifted up by God)?
It is so encouraging to hear stories of how God has transformed peoples’ lives and witness them being baptized as a public declaration of their faith! Our next baptism services will be on April 21-22. If you are ready to take this crucial step of obedience in your walk with...