Two men from very different situations in life have a desire to see Jesus. He meets them both in very different ways, but the outcome is the same: Your faith has saved you.
A wealthy man comes up to Jesus looking for the key to eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell everything, and the rich man is extremely disappointed. The idea that you can’t work or earn your way into heaven wasn’t what he wanted to hear.
Walking out our faith looks like taking Jesus’ words and putting them to action. Forgiveness, for example. Serving, for example. It’s where the rubber meets the road.
If your team doesn't make the championship game, you might still watch, albeit with a large helping of "I don't really care" on your plate of nachos. Jesus lays it out pretty strongly that when it comes to him, we don't have the luxury of that option.
Jesus invites us to pray with confidence, because on the other side of the door is a generous and gracious Father eager to give what we need.
We all have pretty solid ideas of what we think is the way work and life should work the best, and when it comes to spiritual things – it's not much different. However, following Jesus looks a lot more like trusting than it looks like "knowing."
It Worked! Luke 10:1-20 We’ve been in the book of Luke for several months now, and have about 5 weeks yet before we take a break and move into a…
When Jesus asks us to follow him, he’s not inviting us to add him onto our lives, as if he’s asking us to add coaching little league to our lives. It’s an all or nothing kind of ask.
Jesus sets his face to journey to Jerusalem. Why? Because he knows what he came to do, and he intends to do it.
A "summons" is an authoritative call to action. You can be summoned by a judge, by a school principal, or by your mother when it's time for dinner! But Jesus is about to give his disciples a summons. Three scenes in Luke 9 illustrate this call to action.