When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Luke 10:17 NLT Failure on mission Twice in fairly quick succession Jesus sends his disciples out to “tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” first in chapter 9 and … Continue reading Discipleship training
In chapters 9 and 10 of Luke’s gospel are recorded the first ever “calls to mission,” when Jesus sent out his disciples to do his work. I am reminded of the opening challenge of the Mission Impossible films: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is this…” Luke records it like this: One day … Continue reading Mission: core or elective?
I have long held that two things are needed if we are to feel that our lives are worthwhile: we need a sense of belonging, and we need a sense of purpose. Relationship and task. Without these we tend to wither and die. Our lives lose meaning, they lose shape, they go from living to … Continue reading How then should we live?
Luke 8:4-15 records a parable Jesus told about a farmer scattering seed. Like all of Jesus’ parables it is well known: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell … Continue reading Obstacles
John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else? At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. … Continue reading Is Jesus the One?
Luke 4:28 NIV All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. What made the people so angry? I believe there were a number of reasons. But first read the passage in Luke 4 which describes Jesus' first sermon in Nazareth. Offended First, they were offended by what Jesus said about himself. … Continue reading The trap of unbelief
Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. (Luke 1:64 NIV) For nine months Elizabeth had lived with a husband who could not speak. By the time he returned from his priest’s duties in Jerusalem she had already heard the rumours, that her husband … Continue reading Zechariah’s second chance
Luke 1:34 NIV “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?" Gabriel’s first mission was to an ageing theologian, a priest, in the city of Jerusalem. It might seem natural that God would send his messenger to a man who was knowledgeable in the Scriptures and practiced in religious duties. … Continue reading Believing God