Luke: To Seek and to Save

Luke is a book of history. It is written that you might know Jesus, learn about Jesus, and develop an appetite to learn more about Jesus. You will be challenged to realize that God uses ordinary people to declare His glory

The Exact Truth (Luke 1:1-4)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Luke is a book of history. It is written that you might know Jesus, learn about Jesus, and develop an appetite to learn more about Jesus. You will be challenged to realize that God uses ordinary people to declare His glory.

A Vision in the Temple Part 1 (Luke 1:5-12)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Prayer is not a discipline you develop so you can get what you want from God. Instead... Find out what prayer really is.

A Vision in the Temple Part 2 (Luke 1:13-17)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

What is driving people? Joy. Because we are wired for delight, it is important that we find our delight in proper places.

A Vision in the Temple Part 3  (Luke 1:18-25)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

God answers prayer and He acts on behalf of His people. There are reasons you should believe God instead of doubting Him:

How Can This Be?  (Luke 1:26-38)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

God did not choose Mary to carry the Son of God because she was great. She was an ordinary woman willing to be used by God. God's power and grace is demonstrated in this story.

Real Joy  (Luke 1:39-45)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Real joy is found as one studies the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth delighted in the miracle God had created in Mary. She knew it was her LORD. Our delight is in the LORD!

The Magnificat  (Luke 1:46-56)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Your goal in life is not to demonstrate your gifts. Your purpose in this world is to make God big in the eyes of others. Mary understood the reason for living had nothing to do with her but everything to do with God.

The Hand of God  (Luke 1:57-66)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Evidence of the hand of the Lord is not when things turn out according to your dreams.

The Overflow of the Heart  (Luke 1:67-80)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Evidence of the hand of the Lord is not when things turn out according to your dreams.

The Birth of the Rescuer (Luke 2:1-7)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

This record of Luke is the unveiling of the One who would crush the serpent’s head. It did not happen in a way any of us would have chosen.God chose to use earthly events and natural circumstances to bring the Deliverer to the place that would fulfill many prophecies.

Good News (Luke 2:8-14)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Good News brought simple people in touch with the glory of God. We have all fallen short of it, which means any contact with it must be an act of God. That’s good news.

Full Hearts (Luke 2:15-20)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

When God shows Himself to you, the right response includes obedience, investigation, awe and sanctified thinking. Mundane tasks are very different when our hearts are full of Godward thoughts.

Anticipation part 1 (Luke 2:21-38)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Whether you have arrived at the golden years or are just starting the green ones, this text carries a powerful example for you.

Anticipation part 2 (Luke 2:21-38)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Whether you have arrived at the golden years or are just starting the green ones, this text carries a powerful example for you.

God's Kind of Childhood (Luke 2:39-52)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Jesus born under the law of Moses and in fact the living fulfillment of the law necessitated that He be nurtured in a home where God’s law was taught and lived. This makes the home of Joseph and Mary a pattern for those of us who want to point our children to the cross.

The Context of the Messiah's Coming (Luke 3:1-6)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

We complain about the corruption and weakness of our political and religious leaders, but God often shows Himself strong during the darkest days.

The Fruits of Repentance (Luke 3:7:14)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

You will disappoint and offend others—perhaps even hurt them. Most of us have been taught to properly apologize. John is calling for more than words of regret. Repentance is a lifestyle and it can be demonstrated.

The Burning of the Chaff (Luke 3:15-20)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

John humbly pointed others to Jesus, confronted their sin and endured the fallout from telling the truth. We would do well to imitate the ministry of the man of whom Jesus said, “among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28).

The Baptism of Christ (Luke 3:21-22)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

When the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit opens your eyes and you are set free from sin, you too begin a ministry. Having seen the pattern John set for service, we now see the one Jesus set.

The Importance of Genealogies  (Luke 3:23-38)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

God does not waste characters and every word of His is important. This means that we should pay attention even to obscure texts that include genealogies.

The Temptation of Christ  (Luke 4:1-13)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

We are energized by dramatic victories because they are the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Do you know the thrill of engagement and conquering?

You Love Him or Hate Him  (Luke 4:22-30)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The Lord Jesus exemplifies the pattern for ministry for the group known as the Body of Christ. Our task is not to please the crowd but to speak the truth.

Power Over Demons  (Luke 4:31-37)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Just before Jesus ascended after conquering death He announced, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” How should you respond to a person with this much power?

Power Over Sickness (Luke 4:38-44)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

The rebellion that started in the Garden of Eden affected the world in many ways. The bondage of sin crept into every corner of the human experience. The rescue is from the cross. The ministry of Jesus is the model for the people He rescued.

Power Over the Economy (Luke 5:1-11)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

We fear losing the things we think we need, having to do the things we do not want to do and looking bad in the eyes of men. God gives you more than you need, on His timetable and always with a bigger lesson to teach.

Power in Prayer (Luke 5:12-16)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Prayer was Jesus' most private ministry. Why does it go against our nature to pray? We like human solutions, we want the credit, and we want God to submit to our will.

Power Over Sin (Luke 5:17-26)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

This text reveals God’s perspective and man’s. The presence of Jesus, like the preaching of the Bible, brings you to see things more clearly and make accurate judgments.

Friend of Sinners (Luke 5:27-32)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Awareness of being rescued from a horrible end naturally results in warning others as well as pointing them to deliverance.

New Wine (Luke 5:33-39)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

What is the wine in this parable? Is He saying that some things are not compatible? Certainly new patches don’t work with old garments and new wine doesn’t work with old skins. But what is His point?

Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-11)
Pastor Steve Svendsen

Spiritual blindness or prejudice makes you miss the truth of Scripture, miss opportunities to show compassion and ultimately Jesus.

Sovereign Choices (Luke 6:12-19)
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Blessedness and Woe (Luke 6:20-26)
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Upside Down Living (Luke 6:27-38)
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