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Friend of Sinners--But Not of Sin - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 15 of 94
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Luke 5:27-32
Apr 14, 2002 am - Friend of Sinners-But Not of Sin Today, with the blessing of the Holy Spirit, we'll continue our study of Luke's Gospel. The book was written to increase our knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and to confirm our faith in Him. Luke does both by telling stories. When I was a young man, I heard a preacher attack story-telling in favor of systematic theology or doctrinal preaching. I was very impressed at the time, but the more I thought about what he said, the less I liked it. If story-telling is such a waste of time-I wondered--why does God spend so much time doing it? The answer is an easy one: story-telling is not a waste of time. In fact, it is God's preferred way of teaching His people. The stories are not full of hidden meanings or mysterious symbols, but speak for themselves. What they chiefly do is to tell us Who the Lord is and what He is-to us. We'll get to these things shortly, but first the story. THE STORY Luke doesn't tell us exactly where and when the story takes place, but if you check Matthew and Mark, you'll find out it occurred in the first year of the Lord's public life, near the Sea of Galilee in a village called Capernaum. Thus far, the Lord has not stirred up ... More >>>

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