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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.  

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 the Poor

Sermon Discussion
Luke 20:45-21:4

Luke 45-21:4

And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

What do you notice about this passage?

What does Jesus say about the people that are described or observed in this passage? About the scribes? About the widow?

What does he say about their giving? Does he praise them? Does he condemn them?

Why does the widow give so much? (Perhaps the widow is giving sacrificially. She is need of charity, in need of mercy, yet she gives. Here is a woman who is in desperate need, giving what she needs. Her faith has to be in the Lord, that He will keep His promises.)

Re-read verses 1-4, but this time, keep in mind that widows were suffering abuse and oppression at the hands of the very people they was called to trust for their spiritual and physical well being. (20:47)

What if this passage is less about generous giving, and more about injustice and the abuse that the widow suffers at the hands of those that are commanded to care for her and take care of her needs? This is a warning against the abuse of power to oppress others and pursue their own glory and even greater power and to be an idle observer.

Luke 21:1-4

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Why does the widow give so much? (Perhaps she gives out of obligation and because of cultural expectations of the time and the demands of abusive scribes, leading her and benefitting from her greater impoverishment).

What does the widow need? (justice, mercy, a new way of thinking)

What do the scribes need? (justice, new hearts)

Jesus says that we will always have the poor among us, so what ultimately fixes the problem of poverty or abuse of power?

What do you think about what St. John Chrysostum said about caring for the poor? Should we look to kings and princes to put right the inequalities between rich and poor? Should we require soldiers to come and seize the rich person’s gold and distribute it among his destitute neighbors? Should we beg the emperor to impose a tax on the rich so great that it reduces them to the level of the poor and then to share the proceeds of that tax among everyone? Equality imposed by force would achieve nothing, and do much harm.

Those who combined both cruel hearts and sharp minds would soon find ways of making themselves rich again. Worse still, the rich whose gold was taken away would feel bitter and resentful; while the poor who received the gold form the hands of soldiers would feel no gratitude, because no generosity would have prompted the gift. Far from bringing moral benefit to society, it would actually do moral harm. Material justice cannot be accomplished by compulsion, a change of heart will not follow. The only way to achieve true justice is to change people’s hearts first — and then they will joyfully share their wealth.

It’s easy to see people who are poor in the physical sense, but much more difficult to to see the poverty of people who are poor in the spiritual sense. What are some ways that the Lord may be showing you your own poverty and your greater need for Christ and the mercy and riches only He can offer?

How did Jesus become poor and suffer abuse on our behalf and what did He accomplish?

Please pray for each other. Pray for courage to stand up against abuse or oppression that we have have stood by and watched for too long. Pray against complacency and that it would be brought into the light.

Night of Hope

Let’s continue this conversation next week at our Night of Hope on May 23, where we hope to foster empathy and understanding as we engage in our own stories and those of new friends. As a church, we desire to grow in our diversity and truly reflect the culture and community of our city! We are already a diverse church, but many of us don't realize that yet, so we want to start the conversation by engaging in each other's story. We desire to press on in our conversations from previous nights of hope by continuing to uproot the prejudices of our own hearts and addressing the oppression that still faces many of our neighbors. Our prayer is that we would grow as a church in our compassion and understanding as we are heard and learn to hear others.

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Sunday Preview

Sunday, June 17, 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!  

Flesh and Bone
You're Beautiful
Holy Holy Holy
Nothing But The Blood
Wood and Nails
Fix My Eyes

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 Justice  from Luke 22:63-23:25. 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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Jesus the Lord of Lords
Sermon Discussion
[Luke 20:1-44]

-When was a time that you tried to reject authority in your life? What did that look like?

I. Beloved Son (vs. 1-18)
-How would you define authority? Why?
-What is significant about the way that Jesus responds to the questions regarding His authority?
-How does the parable help us understand more of Jesus’ position as Son?
-Why do we tend to not love the Son, but we put to death His voice and lordship in our lives?
-How can we give the Son's voice greater rule in our lives?

II. Creator God (vs. 19-26)
-What is Jesus teaching us about Himself in how He responds to the challenge with the coin?
-Who made you? Who do you belong to? Why is this a necessary question to answer and live out of?
-What does our culture today tell us about how we came to be? What does this imply about how we are to live?
-How do we try to get out from under Jesus’ authority as our Creator? What does this look like?

III. Living Victor (vs. 27-44)
-The issue that is brought before Jesus is the question of what comes after death? Jesus addresses their unbelief through the Scriptures. What does Jesus say about life after death? How does this influence how we live our lives today?
-What does our culture tell us about what comes after death?
-Why do we have such a hard time living under the authority and rule of Jesus? How does what you have lived in your life influence the way you respond to authority and specifically to God’s authority?
-How does Jesus heal us in those places where we have been hurt or have sinned against Him?

IV. Pray for one another!

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Resources on Loving Our City

Pastor Duane Smets

God calls us to love cities and commit to them.  This has been a big passion of my life and the reason why I live in and planted a church in San Diego.  Below are resources you can use in sorting through whether this is the city God has called you to be.


San Diego For Life – Duane Smets
The Importance of the City – Duane Smets
A Theology of the City – Tim Keller
Hate the City, Love the City – Jonathan Dodson
A Vision of SD as a Great City of the 21st Century – Mary lyndon & Michael Stepner
SD Cost of Living Calculator – Zac Self


The Meaning of the City – Jacques Ellul 
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome – Rodney Stark
City of God – St. Augustine
The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture and the Church – Stephen Um & Justin Buzzard

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Jesus The Lord Of The City
Sermon Discussion

This week in the book of Luke we see Jesus enter the city of Jerusalem, "The City of David", the city he chose to die in and then rise from the dead. It's an important city, and cities throughout the Bible are important.

Jesus was from a tiny city called Nazareth, and it is a good piece of who He was here on earth.

What city would you say you're from? How would you say that city shaped you?

Let's read the text from Luke 19: 28-48:

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words. [Luke 19:28-48 ESV]

Was there anything about the passage that really intrigued you? Confused you? Challenged you?

Pastor Duane really wanted us to come away from the sermon on this passage realizing that we ought to "love the city." He had 3 big points:

The Story of the City
The Stones of the City
The Savior of the City

One of the consistent focuses throughout the Bible is a focus on cities. From the very beginning when God tasked the first humans to create and populate a city, to the end as we look towards the city that is being prepared for believers.

What words would you use to describe how you feel about cities?
Why do you think cities are so emphasized throughout the Bible?

As believers we're citizens of God's coming city, though for now we're residents of our city here on earth. Duane pointed us to the words of the prophet Jeremiah who was speaking to the Israelites as they were int he exact same situation. He advised them to...

Jeremiah 29:5-7 - “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

"seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile."

How can we seek the welfare of our city, San Diego?
How can we pray to the Lord on it's behalf?

As Jesus enters the city, the people are hailing Him as King and praising Him. It makes the local religious leaders very uncomfortable and they ask Jesus to calm the people. Jesus responds by proclaiming that "if they were silent the stones would cry out" alluding to the judgement that would face the city that denied Him.

Why were the people so excited to have Jesus in the city?

Stones are a form of judgement throughout the Bible and they're also used throughout the Bible to build, including building cities. Duane pointed to 3 "stones" that a city rests upon: people, production, and praise.

The people gather together to make up cities, though in this broken world it's mostly to survive and stay safe from criminals and attacks from others. Production is a natural result of people getting together, though in this broken world it's often tainted by greed, ambition, pride, racism and classism. As the city lives together it will also praise together, in this broken world however most often the praise is not directed towards God, but towards some other created thing in the city.

What are some ways you've seen our city's stones (people, production, and praise) reflect this broken world?

As Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem He does some things that demonstrate that the city is His. He claims Lordship over the city that He is about to die for.

What were somethings from the passage we see Jesus do to claim Lordship over the city?

Though Jesus is Lord of the city, he doesn't go in there and overthrow the powers that be and set himself up as ruler of the city, instead he lays down His life for the city. He went to perform an act of love so great that it would change people so that they could better live and exist together, as we will eventually work together in the city he is preparing.

How does Jesus act of love change people and change how they treat others in the city?
What sort of work do you think you'll do in the future city?

Pray with our group that God would give us all a love for this city to match his great love for it. And thank Him for preparing a city even now for us to truly praise Him in, very soon.

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Relational Rhythms of Grace: Discipleship
Sermon Discussion
Matthew 4:18-22
Pastor Chris Sandoval

-What is something that you have learned by watching or learning from another person? What was that process like?

Read the passage again:
"While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is calledPeter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers,James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father,mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."

-What is discipleship from this passage?
1. Discipleship has two components from this passage : you follow and you fish. What does it look like to follow Jesus? What does it look like to fish for men?

-Why do we avoid discipleship in our lives?

-How is discipleship a gracious ministry in our lives? In the lives of others?

-How can we learn to do discipleship from Jesus in this passage?

A couple of quotes from Pastor Chris:
1. "You cannot be a follower of Jesus and be distant from Him: you need to get close" Why? How do we do that?
2. "Jesus comes near, He interrupts, and He calls to follow" How might this give us a model for discipling others in our lives?

-Pray for one another!

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A Jesus Worth Investing In 
Luke 19:1-27

-When you were growing up, what was something that you saved up to buy that you really looked forward to?  Why? 

Read and review the passage together.

I. The King's Visit 
a. Why do you think Luke focuses on the story about Zacchaeus? 
b. What are some themes that you noticed in this story? 
c. Why do you think Zacchaeus was so excited to see Jesus? 
d. How did salvation come to Zacchaeus? 
e. What are things in our life that we need Jesus to visit and bring salvation? 

II. The King's Value 
a. The story of Zacchaeus reminds us that Jesus' Kingdom is worth investing. What makes His kingdom worth giving our lives away for? 
b. Our money shows where our hearts are at; we always spend money on the things that we truly value. If you were to really look at your bank account and personal budgets, what would you see as a value in your life? 
c. How can we grow in having our personal/family  budgets reflect our Kingdom values? 

III. The King's Virtue 
a. Jesus finishes the passage with a parable about wise and unwise ways to use what God has given us for His Kingdom. What is being communicated about investments in this parable? 
b. Pastor Duane says "But Jesus calls us to let go, to release our grasp and to entrust ourselves to Him. Having eternal treasure and the favor of the king is far better than hoarding earthly goods. When it comes to our resources, our time, talent and treasure this principle applies: use it or lose it. Use it or lose it. We can either use what God has given us for His purposes or we will ultimately lose not only that but our life." What do you think about that? 
c. What time do you have to give to Jesus, His Kingdom, and His people? 
d. What talents do you have to use for Him? 
e. What treasure do you have to give to Him? 

IV. Pray for one another! 

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The Jesus Who Provides 
Luke 18:15-43
Sermon Discussion

Picking up our Luke study this week after Easter, we look at the back half of Luke 18. A couple weeks ago we covered how Jesus taught about prayer through the parables of The Persistent Widow and The Pharisee and Tax Collector, this week we see Jesus teaching turn towards faith.

This is one of the passages in the Bible that suggests we should have "faith like a child" about God and His work.

What was something fun/silly you believed as a child that you wish was true?

Let's read the passage:

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these I have kept from my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 23 But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." 26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 But he said, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." 28 And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you." 29 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."

31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 And he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me recover my sight." 42 And Jesus said to him, "Recover your sight; your faith has made you well." 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Pastor Duane had 3 ideas that all sought to point out that God provides for what we long for and need.

Kid Faith
Rich Faith
Blind Faith

KID FAITH (v 15-17)

Jesus was becoming an important person, and his disciples didn't want Him to have to deal with unimportant things like kids. Like many things in life Jesus turns it upside down by explaining how important the kids are and the Disciples should be more like them.

What does Jesus mean here when he says "receive the Kingdom of God like a child?"
What are some things that glom onto our simple faith unnecessarily complicating it?

RICH FAITH (v 18-30)

Jesus then takes a question from the crowd, another trick question from a rich young man who asked Jesus what he needs to do to earn the inheritance of eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all of his stuff to earn eternal life, bringing the young man to tears because he could not stand the though of losing his stuff.

Why do you think Jesus told him to sell all of his things? Does Jesus not want his followers to own anything?

What is something that you have a hard time leaving for God?

The disciples then look around so proud that they did leave all their physical goods for Jesus. They think they've completely checked the box to assure themselves eternal life.

What is something that we do now that gives us the self satisfaction that maybe we've checked that eternal life box?
How can we remind ourselves to look to God for eternal life, instead of continually trying to earn it?


Jesus then tells His disciples exactly why He is here, and how He will die. They don't get it. At all. They can't see any other way for this to end, they have a blind faith that Jesus is going to overthrow the government, lead a revolution, and together they will rule the world. They faith is blindly placed into their own plan for Jesus work.

What was a time where you wanted to God to do something your way, and He didn't? Where was your faith?

They then move onto a literal blind man full of faith. After a chapter full of encounters with people trying to tell Jesus why they should be allowed in His kingdom, this man is different in his approach and as a result Jesus restores him.

Why do you think Jesus asked the blind man "What do you want me to do for you?"
What are some things about the blind man that were different from the disciples and the rich young man?

In Jesus time, this man was unimportant and expendable, even more so than the children from earlier. Yet Jesus engaged and later died for Him.

Who is unimportant in your life that you need to engage and show love towards?


Pray with your group for a child like faith, a faith that powered by a love for God that overshadows all earthly things and a faith that believes in God for our restoration.