Sermons from July 2018
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.
Luke 17:1-4 ~ Speaking to a mixed crowd, Jesus begins to focus more on his disciples with teaching that describes how believers should live and draws comparisons to the way non-believers (like the Pharisees) live their lives. Pastor Rod Bunton explains the message being taught in this passage that covers two aspects related to sin: don’t offend other believers by causing them to sin and don’t be offended when other believers sin against you.
Luke 16:19-31 ~ Continuing his teaching, Jesus related a parable about the rich man and Lazarus that paints a clear picture of eternal suffering in Hell. Pastor Rod Bunton explains that Jesus wanted to drive his audience to repentance through the pleading of the rich man who thought he would find himself in Heaven but faced reality after death, failing to heed the warnings while he was still alive.
Luke 16:14-18 ~ After hearing Jesus teach about the dishonest manager and the impossibility of serving two masters, the Pharisees (who were lovers of money) ridiculed Jesus. Pastor Rod Bunton explores Jesus’ response to this ridicule where he identifies four things that characterized the Pharisees and other empty religions.