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JESUS THE LORD OF JUSTICE

Luke 22:63-23:25
Sermon Discussion 

Read the passage, or have someone paraphrase what happened.

-What are ways that we see injustice in our society today? Why is justice something that we all desire to see in our lives and in the society at large?

I. Lies For Truth

-How is injustice connected to lies? How do we see this get played out in our culture today? How does the truth help to bring justice where there is injustice?

- What do we see about Jesus' character as related to the truth in this passage? What lies are people speaking about Jesus? How does this enable Jesus to empathize with us when we experience injustice?

II. Wounds For Healing

- How do we see Jesus being wounded in this passage? Wounds can be much more than physical, so how are ways that you have been wounded in your life? How does Jesus' wounding help me to experience healing in those areas of woundedness?

-How do wounding and injustice relate to each other? What are the relational effects of injustice caused by wounds?

III. Guilt For Freedom

-What is guilt? How is this related to injustice?
-How do we see Jesus being condemned unjustly?
-Which character are we most like in the passage with Jesus' trial?
-How does Jesus' unjust sentencing make us free? What is freedom and how is it related to guilt?

IV. Death For Life

- How are justice and life related to one another? Why?
- "Little deaths" are ways that we experience relational separation from another person. What are ways that you see/experience "little deaths" in your life today? How does Jesus' life help us to bring life back into those relational areas?

Pray for one another!

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Sunday Preview

Sunday, June 24, 2018
10:00 am

Worship in Fellowship

Coffee and tea are available in our outdoor courtyard. We encourage you to come early and stay late to hang out with God's people.  

Worship in Song

Every week we love to worship God through song. We are fortunate to have three rotating worship bands that perform a wide variety of songs and styles all centered around the Gospel and the work of God through Jesus. Come prepared to sing these songs unto the Lord!  

How Great Thou Art
Rock of Ages
There Is A Fountain
In The Shadow Of The Glorious Cross
Murdered Son
Nothing But The Blood

Worship in The Word

This week, Pastor Duane Smets will be continuing our The Gospel According to Luke series, leading us in Jesus the Lord of the Cross from Luke 23:26-56. Feel free to read the passage ahead of time to prepare your heart and mind for God's Word. 

Worship in Sacrament

Each week believers respond to God's Word by coming forward to The Lord's Table to receive Holy Communion. During this time there is always prayer available at the front of the sanctuary for those in need.  We encourage you to bring your needs to Jesus during this time and have Him meet you with His grace.

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This year we are taking a tour through account of Jesus' life and ministry as recorded by a guy who was a medical doctor in the first century, Dr. Luke.  In Luke's portrait of Jesus we see a focus on Jesus reaching out to all different types and classes of people, sick people, healthy people, rich people, poor people, religious people, irreligious people, women, men, children, different races, different places and all kinds of different faces.  

Our prayer is that God would use our study of Jesus in The Gospel According to Luke to form and shape the people of our church to be like Jesus who engages all people.  

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
Engaging All People

The Story’s Beginning
A Story that Happens to be True (1:1-4)

A Story that Seems Too Good to be True (1:5-56)
A Story that Intersects with Real Life (1:57-2:40)
A Story of a Child Prodigy (2:41-2:52)
A Story Worth Talking About (3:1-22)
A Story for All Mankind (3:23-38)
A Story About Conquering Evil (4:1-15)

The Story of a Savior for All
A Jesus for the (un)Churched (4:16-44)

A Jesus for the Broken (5:1-32)
A Jesus for People Today (5:33-39)
A Jesus for Haters (6:1-49)
A Jesus for Lords & the Lowly (7:1-35)
A Jesus for Women (7:36-8:3)
A Jesus for Family (8:4-21)
A Jesus for the Weak (8:22-56)
A Jesus for Everywhere (9:1-9)
A Jesus for Many (9:10-17)
A Jesus for One (9:18-27)

The Story of a Savior Who is Over All
A Jesus Who is More (9:28-43a)

A Jesus Who Many Don't Get (9:43b-62)
A Jesus Who Reaches Out (10:1-24)
A Jesus Who Has Love for All Races (10:25-37)
A Jesus Who is Worth Listening To (10:38-42)
A Jesus Who Listens to Us (11:1-13)
A Jesus Who is Strong (11:14-28)
A Jesus Who is The Greatest (11:29-32)
A Jesus Who is The Light (11:33-12:3)
A Jesus Who is Worth Believing In (12:4-21)
A Jesus Who Calms Our Fears (12:22-34)
A Jesus Who Gives Warning (12:35-13:9)
A Jesus Who Points the Way (13:10-13:35)
A Jesus Who Welcomes Outcasts (14:1-35)
A Jesus Who Seeks the Lost (15:1-32)

A Jesus Who is Better than Money (16:1-31)
A Jesus Who Forgives (17:1-19)
A Jesus Who Will Come Again (17:20-37)
A Jesus Who is Worth Pursuing (18:1-14)
The Jesus Who Provides (18:15-43)
A Jesus Who is Worth Investing In (19:1-27)

The Story of a Savior Who Dies for His People
Jesus the Lord of the City (19:28-48)
Jesus the Lord of Lords (20:1-44)
Jesus the Lord of the Poor (20:45-21:4)
Jesus the Lord of History (21:5-38)
Jesus the Lord of Sinners (22:1-62)
Jesus the Lord of Justice (22:63-23:25)
Jesus the Lord of the Cross (23:26-56)

The Story of a Savior Who Lives for His People
The Story of Death Defeated (24:1-12)
The Story of All Stories (24:13-35)
The Story We Tell (24:36-53)

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JESUS THE LORD OF SINNERS

Luke 22:1-62
Sermon Discussion

This week Duane takes us back to the Gospel of Luke as we enter the final few days of Jesus life as observed by Dr. Luke.

With Jesus' final days on earth, one thing he makes time for is enjoying the Passover Meal with His disciples. He says he has looked forward to it since the original Passover in Exodus.

What is the most memorable meal you've had? What made it memorable?

Let's read the text (Possibly have a few people take turns reading):

Luke 22: 1-62

1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.

3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.

7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus[fn] sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it[fn] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.[fn] 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[fn] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter[fn] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[fn] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day until you deny three times that you know me.”

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant[fn] of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour and the power of darkness.”

54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour, still, another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.


Was there anything that stood out to you from the passage?
Can we learn anything about who God is from the passage?

Duane had 3 points from this chapter of Luke:

The Sinners Meal
The Sinners Prayer
The Sinners Sight

THE SINNERS MEAL:
Jesus sits down with the Disciples to enjoy the Passover feast, a meal to remember what God had done for them leading them out of Egypt. Jesus instructs the disciples about the Lord's Supper or Communion and also tells them to always think of Him when they eat or drink. Every meal is supposed to be a reminder of what Jesus came to do for us.

Why do you think Jesus wanted meals to be a reminder of Him?

How do you remember Jesus work when you have a meal?

THE SINNERS PRAYER:
After the meal Jesus goes to pray on the Mount of Olives, His prayer is incredibly human and tender. Calling God "Father", showing a fear of death, and submitting to God's will.

Which of these displays of humanity Jesus models during his prayer is most shocking to you? Why?

Jesus spends a long time in prayer, showing a great sign of anxiety to the point of sweating blood. In the end, he leaves the burden of His anxiety with His Father sets out to follow his will.

Do you have something causing you anxiety that we can pray about? Is there something blocking you from following God's will for you?

THE SINNERS SIGHT:
After being arrested they take Jesus into the High Priest's house. Peter follows at a distance and waits outside by the fire where he denies knowing Jesus, just as Jesus had told him he would. Right as he finishes denying Jesus a third time he meets Jesus' eye and runs off.

Why do you think Peter ran off?
Peter denied Jesus, Judas earlier in the passage betrayed Jesus, what is the difference?

Peter was caught at a weak moment, full of fear yet Jesus loved Him still and used Peter mightily to spread the gospel.

Did you have any similar weak moments this week where you denied Jesus?

How can we encourage each other to claim and stand beside Jesus and spread the gospel as Peter eventually does?

PRAYER:
Pray with your group that we'd be looking forward to eventually enjoying a meal with Jesus again, that we would cast our anxieties on our Father and that we would be encouraged to claim Jesus in San Diego.

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THE TWO WILLS OF GOD


The two wills of God is very helpful and biblical subject. Below is a brief explanation and summary of the biblical passages and issues at stake. Many pastors and theologians have written on this over the years. Here are few great resources:

Are There Two Wills In God?  //  John Piper
Are There Two Wills In God?   //   Sam Storms
Are There Two Wills In God?  //  Matt Chandler
Are There Two Wills In God?  //  Francis Turretin
Are There Two Wills In God?  //  R.C. Sproul

Theologians have long recognized that there are two wills of God referred to in the Bible and have given them different names in order to differentiate between them:

Sovereign Will // Moral Will

Efficient Will // Permissive Will

Secret Will // Revealed Will

Will of Decree // Will of Command

Decretive Will // Perceptive Will

Will of Sign // Will of Pleasure  

I'm simply going to use the first designation (Sovereign Will & Moral Will) here through all the other terms are equally helpful and descriptive of the two wills of God. Here is a definition of each:

God's Sovereign Will is what God, by his limitless power and knowledge, has eternally ordered and determined to happen from beginning to end in all of his creation, all for his glory.

God's Moral Will is what God, by his limitless perfection and holiness, has revealed about his character and the righteous requirements for men and angels who live under his Sovereign rule and reign.

 In the Bible, it is clearly stated in several ways that God has a Sovereign Will, which rules over all things and cannot be overcome or defeated by anyone or anything.

Job 42:2
I know that You can do all things and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

Psalm 139:4-5, 15-16
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before...when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Isaiah 46:9-10
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.

Daniel 4:25
All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, 'What have you done?'

In the Bible, it is clearly stated in several ways that God has a Moral Will, which he declares as holy commandments to be obeyed by his people. 

Leviticus 19:2
You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

Deuteronomy 6:25
It will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.

Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.'

1 Thessalonians 4:3
This is the will of God, your sanctification.

Here is where the apparent difficulty comes into play. Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Timothy 2:4 all say that God does not will for anyone to perish but for all to be saved. Yet we know many are not saved but are thrown into hell by God (Matt 10:28) who has planned it to be so since before the foundation of the world (Rom 9:22) along with his ordering of all events that have yet to take place.

So here is the question, what will of God (Sovereign or Moral) is being referred to by Jesus in Matthew 18:14 when Jesus says God is not willing that any should perish? Since some do perish, this reference to God can only be his Moral Will. But how are we to conceptualize such a thing? Whenever we run into theological challenges the best place to look is to Jesus and to his cross.

In the Bible, it says it was the will of God to crush Jesus on the cross according to God's definite plan and foreknowledge.

Isaiah 53:5-6,10
He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all...it was the will of the Lord to crush him.

Acts 2:23
Jesus, (was) delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, (whom) you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

On the cross, the Sovereign Will and the Moral Will of God collided. According to God's Sovereign Will he allowed his Moral Will to be violated in order that the greater purpose of his glory, in the saving of his people, might be accomplished. So we learn this principle, sometimes God does that which he hates (in the case of Jesus: murder) in order to accomplish his greater good plan.

Now back to the will of God that none should perish. When we read those words I think we are hearing about the love and passion God has for his holiness and his righteousness. God is a complex being. On one hand, morally, he never wills that any should perish. Perishing is sad and terrible, it's eternal damnation in hell. Yet, in the greater scheme of things, his goodness and justice is seen more brightly and rightly if some do in fact perish. So he sovereignly wills their perishing. In having holy justice occur upon the perishing the true heinousness of sin is shown. In saving some from perishing the true and deep nature of his mercy and love is shown. Thus once again, as with Jesus on the cross, we have God doing that which on one hand he hates, in order to on the other hand accomplish the greater good of his glory.

Conclusion
Often I have seen and heard those who would accept the theology presented above to the extent that they overemphasize God's Sovereign Will and as a result dismiss or do not allow the Scriptures to say or mean anything when they clearly tell us God doesn't will for any to perish. Since the Bible does tell us God doesn't will any to perish, God means for it to be good to know...even if it is describing the complexity of God and his affections and presses the bounds of what our small brains can comprehend. So then what is supposed to be our response? What is he after?

I think it is an invitation. I think when Jesus tells us God is not willing for any to perish, he means for us to be drawn into the heart of God so we are not willing any to perish either. I think he means for us to work with every effort so that people might hear the gospel and believe and thereby be spared from perishing. In fact, this is what the Bible calls us to.

Jude 1:23 says, "Save others by snatching them out of the fire." Ironically then, it seems the purpose of God revealing to us that he has two wills is an intently missional purpose.

Understanding, believing and accepting the two wills of God described in Scripture is meant to propel us toward mission. We are to think, feel and work to bring as many as possible to Jesus because that is the heart of God.

May God help us in the mission he has called us to and give us great confidence since we know he has sovereignly willed for not all to perish but for many to indeed come to repentance.

Pastor Duane Smets

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Mercy Ministry needs our help, Resolved Church! 


Our Mercy Ministry is in need of clothes and hygiene products! We are all about giving to our homeless friends and showing them the love of Jesus in a tangible way, so lets be a generous community together!

Any donations can be brought to church on Sunday and dropped off at the Connect Booth! 

 

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GOD IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH, PERSON BY PERSON

Sermon Discussion
Acts 16
 
 

This past Sunday we had a guest preacher speak about the reality that God is building His church one person at a time. We took a look at the life of the Apostle Paul in one of his missionary journey’s to Europe. In Acts 16 we see Paul moving into three different scenarios where the gospel is preached, people are saved, and God’s church is built. However, the contexts and people that God chooses are very unique. Look over the three different contexts in which God uses Paula and his team in the advancement of the gospel to begin learning about how God is still doing this today! 

Rich woman [16:11-15] read text 

-How does God save Lydia? 

-What do we see about God’s way of drawing His people to Himself? 

-Imagine what the scene must have been like. How does this image compare to the other scenes of this chapter in how the gospel comes to individuals? 

Slave girl [16:16-24] read text 

-What do we see about God’s movement toward the slave girl? How does God free her?

-How does the gospel begin to effect the city? 

-How might this scene help us to know how God can use us in our city? 

Jailer [16:25-40] read text 

-What  is the scene that Paul and his team find themselves in? What do we see about Paul’s joy in the midst of circumstances? 

-Joy has nothing to do about circumstances, but has everything to do with focus. What do you think about that?

-How does God save the jailer? 

-What effect does the gospel have in the city of Philippi? 

God is at work in many places. How does each of the situations that Paul finds himself show us the different ways that God works?

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Jesus the Lord of History
Sermon Discussion 
Luke 21:5-38

What is your favorite movie/tv show/book about the future? Why? What is it about the future that we are drawn to and try to discern?

I. History’s Horrors
Jesus is giving a couple of different sermons in this passage. He is focusing on the past and future events that are to take place in human history. Jesus gives a scathing review of human and world history, that it is full of violence, hatred and destruction. This is not how it meant to be.

Man made wars and atrocities have been occurring since the very beginning of human history with Cain and Able. It is a reminder that sin goes to the very core of human nature and we need help to be free of it. How are we to respond in the face of human tragedy and atrocities?

Natural disasters are actually “unnatural disasters” as they were never meant to be a part of the order of creation. Instead they act as another reminder of the curse of sin brought upon us by Adam and Eve, and the whole creation groans to be free of it. How are we to respond when we or others we know and love are affected by these kinds of disasters?

II. History’s Hopes
Jesus then goes on to preach that we put our hopes in the wrong things to save us or to see change in human nature. What types of things do we see Jesus mentioning?

False hopes:
-Buildings: how might we put our hope in buildings?
-Human leaders: how might we put our hope in human leaders?
-Countries/kingdoms
-Cities

What kinds of things does San Diego and our American culture tend to put our hope in to save us and make us better? How do we see this express?
What do you find yourself gravitating towards? Why?

III. History’s Hero
Jesus finishes this portion of sermons by describing what the end times will be like. He makes it very clear that things will continue on as “normal” until He comes again, and when He comes it will be a global phenomenon which no one will miss! There is no rapture before He comes, there is no tribulation before He comes, He will simply come in as the conquering and victorious Lord and that will be it!

- How might this truth be different than what some Christians think?

- Why does this truth enable our faith to be strengthened?

Everything in human history culminates with Jesus. Human history began with Jesus, is all about Jesus, and ends with Jesus! How might this give us hope and purpose in our lives today?

IV. Pray for one another!

 

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90 Day Generosity Challenge

April 29 - July 29

 

From April 29 through July 29, we are challenging our whole church to grow in generosity. Three months where we want to up the ante in the giving of our time, our talent, and our treasures.

Consider how could you give more time to God, His people, or His mission for others in our city.

Consider what gifts, talents, and things you can do with some gospel intentionality to serve others?

Consider starting to regularly giving some money to God’s church. Just a little something each month. If you’ve been doing that, challenge yourself and think “could I give the 10% the Bible talks about?” And if you’ve been doing that, think “could I do even more?”

We’re not after your money. We’re after all of us seeing all of our lives as Gods, under His good stewardship and plan.

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At last week's Night of Hope, we watched this 18 minutes video, Race and America, from Q Ideas, an organization recognizing the deep need within the American church for heightened cultural exposure and understanding, Gospel-centered critical thinking, and active collaboration among church leaders who would chart the future of the church in the West.  

If you missed our Night of Hope, watch the video below and think through the questions we've provided below.

Questions to Consider

Consider the most important experience that shaped you into the person you are today.

Think about your own culture and something you wish was different.

When has someone of another culture made an assumption about your culture (cause) and it caused you harm (effect). How did that make you feel?

What difference would it make (in your friendships, families, our community, the broader current culture, etc.) if diversity was more of a reality in our lives and church?

What are some ways we can celebrate our differences to communicate an attitude of acceptance?

Can you point to a time in your life where you have faced oppression? Can you see any ways that you have benefited from someone else's oppression?

Do you believe that, despite our frequent missteps, the church is the one institution that is best equipped to overcome the racial divide? Why?

What are the key lies (in us, in our churches, in our communities) that must be exposed for us to embrace and celebrate racial differences?

In a single sentence, using the beginning statement “I WILL”, please share what YOU are willing do to help make the Church one in which assumptions and pre-judgment don’t affect OUR relationships with one another.

How can we ensure that this conversation today doesn't end here but continues and becomes part of our lives?