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 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
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 Jesus: A Hope for the 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)
|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- Hope for the Lost|
|2 Sept.||Hamish- Following no matter the cost||Jess- Hope for the 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- Hope for the 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|