Investigating Jesus, Vol. 2, Part 2: The Wilderness Effect

John the Baptist was raised in the wilderness. Jesus was tested in the wilderness. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness. What is the deal with the wilderness in the story of God? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Join us as we take a look at the wilderness effect.

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 2, Part 1: The Setting of Jesus’ Ministry

Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1, Part 8: The Right Question

Luke 2:41-52 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1., Part 7: Frank Vs. Simeon

Luke 2:22-40 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what…

Investigating Jesus, Vol 1., Part 6: The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-21 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea,…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1, Part 5: Seeing Black and White in a 4K World

Luke 1:67-80 67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,    for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us    in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke by…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1, Part 4: What’s In A Name?

Luke 1:57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1, Part 3: The Greatest Truth Requires The Greatest Pursuit

Luke 1:39-56 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she…

Investigating Jesus, Part 2: Positioning Yourself To Receive From God

Luke starts the account of Jesus by talking about Zechariah and Mary. We have to ask ourselves, why would Luke choose to start here. If it was just because of the obvious facts of the story, Luke would have likely just stated the fact. There must be a reason Luke is telling us these two…

Investigating Jesus, Part 1: Why Did Luke Write His Account of Jesus?

As we get started in a brand new sermon series, we dig into Luke’s stated purposes for writing his account of Jesus. As we will discover, Luke the physician was very intentional and methodical in his approach to investigating the facts surrounding the life of Christ. His approach is going to define how we should…

Investigating Jesus: A Study Through Luke

As a church we are passionate about Jesus. In fact, if we are going to call ourselves ‘Christians’ we must be passionate about Jesus. But, do we really know who Jesus was? Do we really know what Jesus did? Do you know what Jesus said? Or has our understanding Jesus just been passed down to…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 1, Part 2: Positioning Yourself To Receive From God

Luke 1:5-38 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not…

Investigating Jesus, Vol. 2, Part 1: The Setting Of Jesus’ Ministry

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3…