Lesson 20 in the Genesis: Foundations Sunday School class. Handout (PDF)
Luke 18:15-17 ~ When parents began bringing their children to Jesus to be blessed, his disciples became annoyed by the distraction they were causing to adults who, unlike the children, could understand the teaching. Pastor Rod Bunton explains why Jesus rebuked the disciples and what significance this has on the meaning of saving faith.
Lesson 19 in the Genesis: Foundations Sunday School class.
Luke 18:9-14 ~ Jesus told a parable comparing a Pharisee, who thought himself righteous because of how he conducted his life, and a tax collector, who confessed his sinful standing and begged God for mercy. Pastor Rod Bunton shows how this parable answers the question that separates Christianity from all other religions: Can you make yourself right with God?
Lesson 18 in the Genesis: Foundations Sunday School class. Handout (PDF)
Luke 18:1-8 ~ After teaching his disciples about the coming visible kingdom on earth, he knows that the wait would test their patience. Pastor Rod Bunton explains the parable that Jesus tells to encourage them to pray without ceasing and not lose heart until that day.
Psalm 63 ~ David authored this psalm while in a desperate situation when he was fleeing for his life in the wilderness of Judah. Pastor Ben Khazraee applies this passage to our lives when he teaches that, despite the circumstances, David thirsts for, is satisfied in, and clings to God.
Luke 17:22-37 ~ Continuing in this passage that speaks of the visible kingdom that will come, Jesus paints a clear picture of what this will look like. Pastor Rod Bunton helps us see that, despite sufficient warnings, much of the world will be caught by surprise when this kingdom comes and they discover that it also brings judgment.
Luke 17:22-37 ~ Following his revelation to the Pharisees and his disciples about the kingdom in their midst (the invisible kingdom), Jesus reveals that there will be a second coming. Pastor Rod Bunton explores what Jesus says about this visible kingdom.
Luke 17:20-21 ~ The Jews, traditionally, were looking for the messiah and the promised kingdom and had many expectations about how that would look. Pastor Rod Bunton tells us the surprising answer that Jesus gave the Pharisees when they asked when the kingdom of God would come.
Luke 17:11-19 ~ Continuing his journey to meet his predetermined fate in Jerusalem, Jesus visited a village of lepers to heal them of their illnesses and to demonstrate yet another contrast between true believers and pretenders. Pastor Rod Bunton explains how only one who was healed was truly grateful and how the faith that he exhibited brought him healing that was more than physical.
Luke 17:5-10 ~ Continuing his teaching to the disciples in the presence of the Pharisees, Jesus covers two topics that separate true believers from self-righteous pretenders. Pastor Rod Bunton helps us understand the importance of true faith that is given by God and our duty to serve him without expecting anything in return.