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Confident Faith: Abraham and Sarah

01/25/15

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Oswald Chambers writes, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” That so describes Abraham and Sarah. God made them a promise about a son, an heir who would come from them. The Scripture says that “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Abraham’s faith simply rested upon God’s promises. What God promised, Abraham believed. He trusted in God’s truthfulness, his faithfulness and his power to do what he said he would do. We are called to depend upon those same things about God in our faith walk: his truthfulness, his faithfulness and his power.

Encounters With Jesus: On the Road to Emmaus

09/11/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In this final message of our Studies in Luke, we explore the encounter two disciples on the road to Emmaus had with the Risen Christ. We see in their experience what is so often our experience: discouragement, disappointment, frustration and confusion. We, like they, need an encounter with Jesus where we see him revealed through the Scriptures and a personal encounter with eyes of faith.

Encounters with Jesus: Pilate & Herod

09/04/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke gives an account of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. Following Jesus’ appearance before Caiaphas, the High Priest, and then the Jewish Council, he is taken by the chief priests and scribes to two other men who would have the official “say” on the disposition of this “problem.” Pontius Pilate and King Herod both question Jesus and find no guilt in him. Pilate, swayed by the crowd, ultimately gives in and delivers Jesus over to his execution.

Encounters with Jesus: Bartimaeus

08/21/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke, in his Gospel account, sets up an interesting contrast between the disciples who were “seeing yet blind,” and Bartimaeus who was “blind, yet seeing.” Oftentimes we are more like the disciples rather than Bartimaeus. Come and explore this encounter with Jesus.

Encounters with Jesus: The Transfiguration

08/08/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke, in addition to Matthew and Mark, records the amazing event of the Transfiguration in his Gospel account. There on the mountain, Jesus’ divine glory within was manifested/unveiled, without. Jesus was transformed before Peter, James and John. God’s plan for his children is that their lives would also be transformed. While the glory unveiled in Jesus was intrinsic to his divine nature, ours comes by virtue of the presence of God’s glory through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus on Ministry

07/31/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In chapter ten of his Gospel account, Luke records the incident of Jesus sending out seventy-two of his “other” disciples. They are given a specific warning and specific instructions for this specific mission. In this account we learn some things about Jesus’ teaching on ministry and see its application for us today in the 21st century.

Jesus on Prayer

07/17/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: This message examines two passages in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus teaches on the subject of prayer. In both instances, we are encouraged to develop our relationship with God through prayer. God desires his children to come and bring their needs to him. Jesus also emphasizes how important persistence and perseverance are in seeking our heavenly Father.

Jesus at Prayer: Timely Prayers

07/10/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus taught through his life and words, by example and explanation. In this first message of five on "Teachings of Jesus" in the Gospel of Luke, examine three situations of Jesus at prayer: a time of success, a time of decision, and a time of crisis.

Jesus on Discipleship

07/03/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus called the Twelve to be his disciples. What did that mean to these first century guys? What does it mean for us in the 21st? And how are we to interpret and apply some hard sayings of Jesus on discipleship recorded in Luke's Gospel?

When God Lets Us Down - The Story of Jairus

06/19/11

Speaker: Chris Mendez

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Life can be difficult. When we're in the middle of a particularly hard situation, it can feel like God has let us down. This message will look at two miracles in the life of Jesus that show us a glimpse of His divine power and some helpful insight for when things don't go the way we plan. In these miracles, we can find hope in our hardship and perspective in our pain.

The Storms of Life

06/05/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Through this miracle of calming the storm, Jesus teaches his disciples a lesson on his power over nature and, specifically, his power to protect. This message explores application to us as we face storms in our lives. What are some of the challenges to our faith in the midst of storms? How can we trust in God and allow him to accomplish his purposes through difficult and, sometimes tragic, circumstances of life?

The Centurion and the Widow

05/29/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In this first message of five on miracles in Luke’s Gospel, consideration is given to the primary purposes behind Jesus’ miracles. Then, in Luke 7, two miracles are examined: one involving faith as a center-piece of the story; the other where faith isn’t even mentioned. Two primary applications follow: First, that we cannot put God in a box. He works as He wills, in his time, for his purposes. Second, it pleases God greatly when we exercise faith (belief, trust) in Him.

Parables Revealing the Heart of God

05/22/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In the Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Loving Father (the Prodigal Son), we have a glimpse into the heart of God. We see a God who seeks after those who are lost, and the great joy and delight that comes to Him when they are found and restored. In response to “seeking and finding” Zacchaeus (Luke 19), Jesus revealed his motivation and mission when He said: ‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” As the church, the body of Christ, this too needs to be our vision and mission.

Parable of the Rich Fool

05/08/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Where should we find our security – in this life or the next? It is easy to get so wrapped up in this life that we lose perspective on the next; we lose the proper focus. Jesus tells the Parable of the Rich Fool which was a message for a young man seeking Jesus’ help in resolving an inheritance dispute; it is a good message for us today.

Parable of the Sower

05/01/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: One of the well-known parables Jesus told is the Parable of the Sower. What was the main truth He wanted to convey in this story "thrown down alongside the truth to illustrate the truth?" it is a truth which has application and significance to us today just as it did for those along the seashore who listened to Jesus' teaching.

Parable of the Good Samaritan

04/17/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Jesus often spoke in parables, stories “thrown alongside the truth to illustrate the truth” (R. Zuck). The difficulty is in interpreting a parable. Consider five principles that Zuck gives in his book Basic Bible Interpretation, and then apply them to one of the most well-known parables – the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Beginnings: Preparation for Ministry

04/10/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke relates three stories in his Gospel account that are preparatory and lay the foundation for Jesus’ earthly life and ministry – his baptism, the temptation and his visit to Nazareth, his hometown. There are significant and relevant applications to our lives and ministry drawn as parallels from the experiences of Jesus. Come explore in this message purposes for God’s giving of the Spirit, for seeing in Jesus’ experience of temptation a model for how we are to respond to temptation, and the defining characteristics of our ministry in line with that of the Messiah and his.

Jesus: The Journey Begins

04/03/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: In his Gospel account, Luke turns his attention to the beginnings of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. He relates three acts of obedience to the Old Testament Law on the part of Joseph and Mary: circumcision of Jesus, the redemption of the firstborn, and the purification after childbirth. While they were fulfilling their parental responsibilities under the Mosaic Law, they encounter two people who have been patiently, expectantly, waiting for the consolation of Israel: Simeon and Anna. There is nothing else in the biblical record about Jesus’ childhood after that until, at the age of twelve, his parents take him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover. In this incident, we see Jesus at an early age beginning to differentiate himself from his human family and identifying himself with his Heavenly Father. All of this is setting the stage for his public ministry.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

03/27/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Mary – a person perhaps over-honored by Catholics, but under-honored by Protestants. How does Luke present Mary in his Gospel account? What can we learn from her as an ordinary person chosen for an extraordinary task? The answer is: “Much.” She, herself, in the Magnificat says that she would be called “blessed” throughout all generations, and so it should be that we honor her as the mother of Jesus our Savior.

Studies in Luke: John the Baptizer

03/20/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Luke provides us with more information about John the Baptizer than any of the other Gospel writers. Who was he? What was his mission? What was his message? Come explore the extraordinary character and calling of this man. And through his life and ministry, we see the calling that we have as followers of the Christ.

Studies in luke: An Introduction

03/13/11

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Studies in Luke

Category: The Gospels

Summary: Welcome to a new series of studies in the Gospel of Luke. This journey will provide an account of the life and ministry of Jesus through the precise eye of an historical researcher, that of Luke – a physician and companion of the Apostle Paul. Through his eyes, we will come to a deeper understanding of the facts about the Christ, the Savior of the world. You are encouraged to visit The Blog and interact with observations from these messages each week.