Recorded talks on Luke's Gospel

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Sermon series, October 2016 to date:

 

Luke 1:1-4 – Luke's desire for certainty

Luke first had this desire himself, and after investigating carefully, he wrote the gospel because he wanted his readers also to know the same certainty. (Erik Pattison, 2 October 2016)

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Luke 1:5-25 – The forerunner of the Messiah

At last, a new prophet to Israel is announced. His father Zechariah is told at the best time and place, but does not believe. God invites us to believe, but how good it is that he will not fail if we fail. (Erik Pattison, 9 October 2016)

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Luke 1:26-38 – Good news for a change

Gabriel's announcement to Mary meant a change in history, a change in humanity, and difficult changes ahead for Mary.  (Neville Reid, 16 October 2016)

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Luke 1:39-56 – God does all he says

Mary's song rejoices in the faithfulness of God, whose mercy is from generation to generation.  (Neville Reid, 23 October 2016)

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Luke 1:56-80 – A Horn of Salvation

As Zechariah's son is born and his voice is restored, he sings a great song of praise to the coming Saviour.  (Neville Reid, 30 October 2016)

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Luke 2:1-20 – To you is born a Saviour

The shepherds witness a sound and light phenomenon; they fulfil their evangelistic mission, but their good news gets buried.  Nevertheless, a saviour is given, "to you".  (Erik Pattison, 6 November 2016)

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Luke 2:21-39 – Faithful people, young and old

A young couple, Joseph and Mary, and two very old people, Simeon and Anna, go to the Temple, and though nothing special usually happens there, they receive a wonderful message. They are an example to us all.  (Roy Scarsbrook, 13 November 2016)

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Luke 2:40-52 – The Submission of the Son of God

The gospels give us only one incident during the transition from God present in a baby to God present in a man.  This teaches us about him and about ourselves.  (Neville Reid, 20 November 2016)

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Luke 3:1-20 – A Voice in the Wilderness

John the Baptist's message was heavy on judgment.  Why does Luke call it "good news"?  How does it still challenge us today?  (Erik Pattison, 27 November 2016)

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Luke 3:21-38 – Jesus, the Beloved Son

Jesus began his public ministry with baptism.  What did this mean for him, and what do we make of the extraordinary response from heaven?  (Neville Reid, 4 December 2016)

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Luke 4:1-14 – Tested in the Desert

Jesus had to be tested, as the first creation was tested.  He alone succeeds, and shows us the glory of God.  (This is a long recording as it includes questions at the end. – Erik Pattison, 11 December 2016)

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Luke 4:14-30 – Jesus' Mission to the Helpless

This passage is often read as a political manifesto, calling us to help the poor; but is that really what it means?  (Neville Reid, 18 December 2016)

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Luke 4:31-44 – What are Your Demons?

Luke records Jesus casting out demons as a prominent part of his ministry. What does this mean, and what are the "demons" from which Jesus sets us free today?  (Neville Reid, 8 January 2017)

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Luke 4:42–5:11 – Go away from me, Lord

Peter responded to Jesus' miracle, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."  He saw something more remarkable than the great catch of fish: he saw the essence of Christianity.  (Erik Pattison, 15 January 2017)

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Luke 5:17-26 – Friend, your sins are forgiven you

More precious than a miraculous healing, Jesus declares forgiveness of sins.   Why does he choose a paralysed man for this blessing?  What does the "cheek" of the supporters say to us?  (Neville Reid, 29 January 2017)

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Luke 5:27-39 – New start, new disciple, new religion

For every one who will follow him, Jesus brings us to a crisis of obedience. After that we will never be the same again.  When God is doing such new things, let us rejoice, and not insist on keeping to old ways. (Erik Pattison, 5 February 2017)

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Luke 5:36-6:11 – Lord of the Sabbath

Jesus astonished everybody by claiming to be Lord of the Sabbath. This is far-reaching – it means he is even Lord of your conscience. (Erik Pattison, 12 February 2017)

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Luke 6:12-16 – Why did Jesus appoint apostles?

As opposition grows, Jesus chooses some of his disciples for a special role.  What drove him to do this?  Do the apostles still matter?  And if so, do we need apostles today?  (Neville Reid, 19 February 2017. This is a long recording because it Includes a Q&A time at the end of the sermon.)

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Luke 6:17-26 – The Joy of Missing Out

"Blessed are you who are poor." Being a disciple of Jesus may cause us to miss out on some things that the world delights in, but it also makes us rich beyond measure.  (Neville Reid, 26 February 2017. Again, the recording includes Q&A.)

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Luke 6:27-49 – The Marks of the Kingdom

The New Israel in Action: Jesus is creating a new people of God, and has been setting aside the old Jewish distinctives (e.g. food and Sabbath laws).  What then will mark out his new people as different?  (Erik Pattison, 5 March 2017)

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Luke 7:1-17 – Great faith

Here we meet the only person in the gospels who amazed Jesus in a good way.  Even more surprising, we find that many of us are like him.  (Neville Reid, 12 March 2017)

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Luke 7:36-50 – Forgiven, as her great love has shown

Luke describes a memorable occasion when a religious person and an embarrassing visitor meet Jesus.  Only one of them ends in a good place.  We are in danger of being like the wrong one.  (Neville Reid, 26 March 2017. This recording does not include the Bible reading; you can read it here)

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Luke 8:1-21 – Hear the word of God and do it

The Parable of the Sower is a familiar story, but Luke gives it added bite by placing it with some of Jesus' other short teachings.  When God is at work in a person, Jesus expects it to show.  (Neville Reid, 2 April 2017)

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Luke 8:22-25 – Where is your faith?

The storms of life are a training school for the disciples – and for us.  (Neville Reid, 7 May 2017)

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Luke 8:26-39 – Tell how much God has done for you

After the storm, Jesus is confronted by a violently demonised man.  The Lord wonderfully heals him, but the people still want Jesus to go away. Jesus does not let the man leave with him; instead, he gives him – and us – one little thing to do. (Neville Reid, 14 May 2017)

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Luke 8:40-56 – Touches, human and divine

What did it mean to touch Jesus, and to be touched by him?  (Roy Scarsbrook, 21 May 2017)

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Luke 9:1-11 – Clash of Kingdoms

Herod was worried – and was more right than he knows.  The Kingdom of God in our hearts spoils us for the kingdoms of this world, and for our old culture.  (Erik Pattison, 28 May 2017)

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Luke 9:10-17 – Jesus feeds his people in the desert

The Feeding of the 5,000 is a famous miracle, but what is it all about?  (Neville Reid, 4 June 2017. This was a family service, and there is more background noise than usual.)

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Luke 9:28-36 – The Secret Glory of God's Son

Peter, James and John were permitted to see Jesus' glory – not added to him, but revealing what was otherwise hidden during his life on earth.  (Erik Pattison, 18 June 2017)

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Luke 9:37-56 – The low road to greatness

Down from the mountain, Jesus expressed frustration at his disciples – "Unbelieving and perverse generation!"  May we learn to take the low road with him.  (Neville Reid, 25 June 2017)

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Luke 9:57-62 – Jesus the Extremist

Jesus responds to willing followers by making extreme demands.  It was an unusual time, so how do these words still challenge us?  (Erik Pattison, 2 July 2017)

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Luke 10:1-24 – The Privilege of Knowing God

"You lucky people!"  Miracles may make us happy for a while, but knowing God brings lasting joy that has no end.  (Neville Reid, 9 July 2017)

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Luke 10:17-24 – Experiencing revelation

A closer look at God's gift of revealing himself to us, and how we experience him as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Erik Pattison, 16 July 2017)

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Luke 10:25-37 – Seek mercy, have mercy

We know we are supposed to love, but we feel like asking: how much love is enough?  Jesus challenges us all with the parable of the Good Samaritan.  (Neville Reid, 23 July 2017. Includes a long Q&A time at the end.)

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Luke 10:38-42 – Martha's big mistake – How to do better

People often say the contrast between Martha and Mary is an example of work-life balance, but it isn't. Jesus says Martha has made the wrong choice, and he shows no sympathy for her. Why?  How can we avoid making her mistake?  (Erik Pattison, 30 July 2017. Includes Q&A.)

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Luke 11:1-4 – Pointers for prayer

How should we pray?  Throw away the rule book; all Jesus gave us in "the Lord's Prayer" are a few bullet points.  (Erik Pattison, 6 August 2017. Includes an edited version of a long question and answer time)

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Luke 11:1-13 – How much more will your Father in Heaven give

We pray so little; do we think it is not worth the time?  Jesus counters all our doubts.  (Neville Reid, 13 August 2017)

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Luke 11:14-36 – Whoever is not with me is against me

Divisive talk!  Why is this necessary?  (Neville Reid, 21 August 2017)

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Luke 11:33-36 – Let your eyes light up your body

What are we doing with the light we receive?  We must let it shine into every corner of our lives.  If we tuck it away, we are in danger of turning light into darkness.  (Erik Pattison, 3 September 2017)

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Luke 11:37-54 – A sharp conflict – and still it continues

Jesus is intentionally confrontational to his religious hosts.  We need to understand what made this necessary – as it still is today.  (Erik Pattison, 25 August 2017. Includes Q&A)

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Luke 12:1-12 – Whom should I fear?

We live in fear of other people – but fear of God sets us free.  (Neville Reid, 10 September 2017.  Includes Q&A about the unforgivable sin)

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Luke 12:13-34 – Be rich towards God, and do not worry

Do.Not.Worry.  Is Jesus serious?  Yes – and he tells us to watch out for greed getting hold of us too.  Seek God's kingdom, trust in him, and give to people who need help today.  (Neville Reid, 17 September 2017. There was a long Q&A at the end, including questions about pensions!)

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Luke 12:49-59 – Jesus the troublemaker

Jesus was announced by angels as the peace bringer, so why does he say he brings discord? Where does the hostility come from, and what must we do about it?  (Erik Pattison, 1 October 2017) 

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Luke 13:1-9 – Tragedies and disasters

What are we to make of terrible things that happen in the world?   (Erik Pattison, 8 October 2017) 

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Luke 13:10-30 – Make every effort to enter through the narrow door

Jesus tells us there will be big surprises about who is in the Kingdom of God, and who is out.  Make it your top priority to be sure.  (Neville Reid, 15 October 2017)

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Luke 13:31-35 – How I have longed to gather you

Who are the good guys in Jesus' time, or indeed in ours?   (Neville Reid, 22 October 2017)

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Luke 14:1-24 – Jesus at a posh party

Social climbing and self-promotion may be necessary in this world, but they will get you nowhere in the Kingdom of God.  Are you coming to God's party?  (Erik Pattison, 29 October 2017. This recording does not include the Bible reading; you can read it here)

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Luke 14:25-35 – Do you value Jesus above all?

Jesus challenges us in the starkest terms to count the cost, if we would be one of his people.   (Neville Reid, 5 November 2017)

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