FOLLOWING JESUS – Luke’s Gospel                      

In our busy, noisy lives we sometimes miss the simple things in life; Jesus made our discipleship journey really simple with these two little words “FOLLOW ME”. During this sermon series, across all Hope congregations, we will explore through the gospel of Luke how this applies to our everyday lives. What does it look like to follow Jesus when all seems lost, in prayerful places, in his mission, with radical love and with a single-minded devotion? These exciting challenges and more will be the focus of our new Hope sermon series “Following Jesus”. Come and join us during services at Hornby, West Melton, Halkett, Rolleston and The Living Room for teaching and discussion as we follow Jesus to radical discipleship.

Sermon Topics: (Following along with Jesus The Game Changer study)

Following Jesus to the Margins

Luke 5:12-31 (Leper, Crippled, Tax Collectors); Luke 8:26 (Demoniac from Gadarenes)

Though Jesus interacted with everyone, more than anyone else, Jesus ministered among the poor and marginalised and He taught His followers to do likewise. Christians’ willingness to obey Jesus has profoundly shaped our world.

Following in the Footsteps

Luke, the Gospel of amazement. 1:63;  2:18, 48; 4:22,32,36,47; 5:9,26; 7:9; 8:56; 9:43; 11:14; 20:26; 24:22.

Following Jesus

Following Jesus to a Prayerful Place

Prayer: Luke 4:38-44, Mark 1:45; Luke 6:12-16; 11:1-4; 22:39-45. God’s Word: Luke 6:43-49

Following in the Way of Forgiveness

Luke 6:27-36 (love enemies); 7:36-50 (woman at Simon’s house); 11:1-4 (Lord’s Prayer)

Jesus’ command to “love your enemy” is perhaps one of His best-known teachings. Jesus taught extensively about forgiveness and His words have echoed down the centuries to be some of the most significant ever spoken.

Following with Single-Minded Devotion

Luke 7:18-35 (John the Baptist doubts); Luke 10:25-37 (Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, mind and love your neighbour)

Despite the popular stereotype that Christianity is anti-intellectual and anti-scientific, modern education, academia and science are actually rooted in large measure in the teachings of Jesus.

Following with Radical Love

Luke 8:1-3

For His time, Jesus was radically inclusive of both men and women. On the whole, the Church has been a place where women have experienced greater freedom than in society.

Following No Matter the Cost

Luke: 9:18-27; 14:25-35

Despite being the most influential figure in human history, Jesus did not follow conventional patterns of leadership. His call for His followers to serve one another with humility is one of the most powerful and enduring ideas from His life and teaching.

Following in His Mission

Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12, 17-23

Social institutions, such as hospitals and universities, had their genesis in the Christian Church and were motivated by Jesus’ radical example of caring for those in need and teaching everyone, not just wealthy males.

Following When All Seems Lost

Luke 15 (Lost sheep, coin, son)

Jesus taught that each individual has inherent value — they are loved by god, and worthy of love and attention from other people. The teaching of Jesus and Paul the Apostle shifted people from being viewed as members of families, castes, cities or communities to being individuals of worth.

Following With an Eye on Eternity

Luke 18:18-30 (Rich young ruler); 21:1-4 (give to Caesar); 21:1-4 (Widow’s offering); 12:21 (Rich fool)

Following Jesus Into the Water (Baptism Sunday)

Following in the Rough

Luke 22:31-34, 54-65; 24:1-12, 34 (Peter’s testing)

Sermon Schedule

 

Date Hornby Rolleston West Melton
15 July Blair-Following Jesus to the Margins Steve T- Purpose Driven Church Murray- Following in the Footsteps
22 July Marty-Following in the Footsteps Stephen Moe-Following in the Footsteps Blair-Following Jesus to the Margins
29 July Graham Heslop- Following Jesus Steve T- Following Jesus to a prayerful place Mark-Following Jesus to a prayerful place
5 Aug. Marty-Following Jesus to a prayerful place Steve-Following Jesus to the Margins Hamish-Following the way of Forgiveness
12 Aug. Hamish-Following the way of Forgiveness Mark- Following with radical love Marty-Following his Mission
19 Aug. Esther- Following with single minded devotion Esther- Following with single minded devotion Esther- Following with single minded devotion
26 Aug. James Taylor- Following with radical Love Hamish-Following the way of Forgiveness Jess- Following when all Hope is Lost
2 Sept. Hamish- Following no matter the cost Jess- Following when all Hope is Lost Murray- Following no matter the cost
9 Sept. Marty-Following his Mission Steve T- Following his Mission Mark- Following with radical love
16 Sept. Jess- Following when all Hope is Lost TBC- Following no matter the cost Lea- Following in the rough
23 Sept. Hamish- Following with an eye on eternity Steve T -Following with an eye on eternity Simon M -Following with an eye on eternity
30 Sept. Lea-Following Jesus into the water (Baptism) Mark-Following Jesus into the water (Baptism) Murray-Following Jesus into the water (Baptism)
7 Oct. Mark- Following in the rough Lea- Following in the rough
14 Oct. All-Aged Worship All-Aged Worship All-Aged Worship