BOLD Faith: A Sermon Series Exploring Luke’s Gospel

Many Christians have blind faith. We believe because our parents taught us or because we hope the Gospel is true. But Jesus wants us to have greater confidence in Him. In the Gospel of Luke, He literally makes blind people see rather than leave them in their blindness. He wants them to know Him fully. Whenever Jesus touches someone’s life their faith is strengthened. That’s exactly why Luke compiled his narrative. He wanted Theophilus (and us) to “know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed” (Luke 1:4).

1. Investigating Jesus – Luke 1:1-4

Our culture is dominated by a non-Christian or post-Christian worldview. Most of our neighbors, family members, and co-workers reject absolute truth and don’t appreciate being told they are sinners and that Jesus is our only Savior. So how can we hold to such firm convictions when it comes to our beliefs? Shouldn’t we be more open to the truth of what others believe?

This is where Luke’s Gospel is so instructive for the Church. Luke was not an eyewitness. In that way, he is more like us than he is like the apostles. Yet, he carefully researched and meticulously compiled his narrative of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection so that we might be more certain of our faith. Skeptics can identify with Luke’s approach because he questions everything. Believers can be strengthened by Luke’s Gospel because we see how Jesus increases the faith of everyone He meets.

2. John’s Birth Announcement – Luke 1:5-25

Luke “carefully investigated everything from the very first” (Luke 1:3), and for him, it all began with the announcement of John’s birth (Luke 1:5-25). He writes in the style of an Old Testament narrative because he wants his first century readers to be reminded of momentous events in Israel’s history. After 400 silent years, God was about to act, and the act begins with Gabriel’s shocking announcement to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son in their old age.

Over the next couple of chapters, Luke will continually compare and contrast John with Jesus. In many ways, their birth narratives are similar, but studying them side-by-side, we begin to see how much greater Jesus is than John. John’s birth announcement clearly stands out as a great example of God’s faithfulness and power, but just wait until we get to Jesus’ story.

3. Jesus’ Birth Announcement – Luke 1:26-38

Many falsely believe that Mary was born without original sin (Immaculate Conception), that she is a co-redeemer with Christ, that she intercedes on our behalf, and that she never died but was assumed into heaven (Assumption of Mary). Roman Catholic veneration of Mary borders on Mariolatry and most of their beliefs come from a misunderstanding of Luke chapter one.

Not only have so many gotten a twisted understanding of the role of Mary, but they miss the point of the passage completely. The purpose of this text is not to venerate Mary but to contrast John and Jesus. This comparing and contrasting by the author (Luke) serves to strengthen our faith in Jesus by revealing His superiority in all things. In the text, we see Mary’s humble condition (and her need for a Savior), her honored position, her historic mission, and her holy disposition. But Mary’s conversation with the angel Gabriel should not cause us to worship Mary, it should cause us to worship Jesus.

Our New Fall Schedule at City Life Church, Queens, NY

 

This Fall, expect exciting things at City Life Church!

*NEW* Family Fridays, Fridays at 5:00PM

We will kick off our all new Family Fridays on Friday, September 22nd.

Here’s what we have planned:

  • 5:00 – 6:30PM CityKIDS – A fun and engaging discipleship program for kids from preschool to fifth grade)
  • 6:30 – 7:30PM Family Meal – A simple, communal meal with your church family and friends.
  • 7:30 – 9:00PM Youth Group – For youth in sixth to twelfth grade. We will study the Bible in a way that is especially applicable to the experiences of teens in NYC.

Please register today if you (or your child or teen) are planning on taking advantage of any of the programs on our Friday night schedule.

Worship Service, Sundays at 10:30AM

We hope you’ll join us every Sunday as we gather to worship God and fellowship with one another.

Our service begins at 10:30AM, but come early for coffee and to connect with others. Come in the rear entrance (located at the end of the driveway between the church and house). Get directions here.

Our new Fall sermon series.

Please Note:Our Wednesday evening Bible study will be postponed until further notice. Please join us on Fridays instead for even more opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship.

Running On Empty: What the Empty Tomb Means To An Empty Life

Empty wallet? Empty relationships? Empty life?

It may be hard to see how a Jewish Rabbi who died nearly 2,000 years ago could have anything to offer your emptiness and brokenness today.

But that’s until you consider that this man didn’t stay in the tomb. Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi, but he was (and is) so much more!

On Easter Sunday, we began a three week message series entitled Running On Empty.

You can listen to and share the messages below:

1. Hopeless (John 20:1-18)

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Sermon Summary

Before encountering the resurrected Jesus, the empty tomb was bad news for Mary. She couldn’t see how the empty tomb might be good news. In her grief, she didn’t even recognize the resurrected Jesus until He spoke her name.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to see Jesus in the midst of our troubling circumstances. What makes the difference is when we can see the resurrected Jesus at work in and through our life circumstances to receive glory and to work all for our good.

We are not without hope because Jesus, who suffered far greater than we ever will, understands our need and promises to be with us. Even more, He has promised that these circumstances are temporary and that we are not alone!

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2. Faithless (John 20:19-31)

Join us April 23rd at City Life Church for the next message in this series.

3. Aimless (John 21:1-25)

Join us April 30th at City Life Church for the next message in this series.

Please contact us if you have questions about this series or about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.

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Joy In Trials (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Elect Exiles

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Sermon Summary

Christians can remain joyful in the midst of trials when we remember

  • the Promise of Eternal Treasures and,
  • the Purpose of Temporary Trials.

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