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The Loving Kingdom - Luke 6:27-36

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the evening service on 3rd March 2024.

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Luke 6 v 27-36 “The loving Kingdom”

 

Intro: Jesus is the whole show

 

          1) Love like Jesus (v27-28)

 

What is the command? “Love your enemies”

 

  • Do good … to those who hate you
  • Bless ... those who curse you
  • Pray … for those who ill-treat you

 

 

A love that is not rooted in emotion but instead in obedience and trust.

 

I can’t do this? Fix your eyes on the cross and your heart on the one who stayed there till it was finished.

 

 

            2) Give like Jesus (v29-31)

 

What is the scope of this command? “Do to others as you would have them do to you”

 

  • Slaps
  • Shirts
  • Wallets
  • SELF

 

I can’t do this? Fix your eyes on the cross and your heart on the one who stayed there till it was finished.

 

              3) Live like Jesus (v32-36)

 

What is the mode of this command? “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

 

  • No credit in loving the lovable
  • No credit in lending to the reliable
  • Great reward in not expecting anything back!

 

 

The “good people” of this world just cannot accept the good news of the gospel.

 

I can’t do this? Fix your eyes on the cross and your heart on the one who stayed there till it was finished.

 

Questions

  • Why was this teaching so challenging for the Pharisees and teachers of the law? (Why do “good people” reject the good news of Jesus?)
  • Why is “Self” such a barrier to obeying this command to love? How does Jesus ask us to use “Self” in following him?
  • Would people say you are merciful? Are we as church families noticeably merciful?
  • Why is the reward that Christ offers better than the credit we could gain for ourselves?
  • How does this teaching urgently lead us to the cross of Jesus Christ?

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