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Blessings and Woes - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 19 of 94
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Luke 6:17-26
May 12, 2002 am - Today, with God's blessing, we return to our study of Luke's Gospel. And to the second major sermon of our Lord Jesus Christ. The first great sermon was preached some months before in the synagogue of Capernaum. There, after reading a few verses in Isaiah, He handed the Book back to the attendant and said, "Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing". In other words, He claimed to be the Messiah. That's where theology and preaching have to start-with the identity of Jesus Christ. This explains the failure of Liberalism. It wants the ethics of the Bible without its doctrine. It urges us to follow Christ without telling us Who Christ is. Luke doesn't make that mistake. He knows that discipleship is hard and unpopular. Thus, he has to give us a good reason to stick with it. And what better reason is there than the one he gives? The Man we're following is God! The Catechism got it just right. "What do the Scriptures principally teach?" "The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man". Note the order: doctrine first, then practice. Knowing Christ as God and Man, Lord and Savior is the foundation for serving Him. To ... More >>>

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