Christmas In The Lowest Of Places—Luke 2:1-7

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

My wife loves movies that are based on true stories. I do as well. Why? Perhaps it has to do with how you can more easily relate the characters in a movie based on a true story. 

 

Oh, fictional characters can make us laugh or cry, this is true. But the story of a real person tends to stick with us longer. We keep coming back to how they suffered, to find strength in our own situation. 

 

We even share a true story with a friend to help them through a hard time. Encouraging a friend with a true story of what happened to a real person carries more weight than, “Remember when Superman was trapped in a cage made of Kryptonite? He made it out, so can you!”

 

The Gospels tell us the true story of a real person—Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. Luke, a diligent historian, is very careful to describe when the birth of Jesus took place. We learn that the birth of Jesus was…

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Jesus Is Worthy — Luke 1:26-56

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey

 

IS JESUS WORTHY TO YOU?

 

In Luke 5, Peter, James, and John encounter Jesus after a long night of fishing that netted zero fish (My family and I can relate!). Jesus tells them to let down their nets into the water. 

 

After complaining that the fishing wasn’t so good right now (and they should know, they’re expert fisherman), they do as Jesus requested and let down their nets. They end up catching so many fish that the boats start to sink!

 

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught [catch] of the fishes which they had taken: (Luke 5:8–9)

 

Jesus turned to them and told them they would now become fishers of men. They pulled their boats onto shore and left everything behind to follow Jesus. Why? Because Jesus was worthy of worship. Jesus was worthy of forsaking everything and following.

 

Is Jesus worthy like that to you?

 

We’ll start our lesson in verse 31, with what Gabriel tells Mary about Jesus. He has, of course, only great things to say about Jesus. What we should gather from these things is an understanding that…

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Praise God’s Plan, Don’t Doubt It—Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

For many people, their idea of God’s plan does not include difficult times. There might be a small trial here and there, but nothing really difficult. This is especially so if they think they are living godly lives.

 

When those difficult times do come, their world is thrown into chaos. They may become bitter and angry at God, or they may allow a subtle doubt to infect their hearts. Over the years, that doubt just sits there, waiting for the day when a crisis forces it to the surface.

 

I think you see this in the account of the parents of John the Baptist—the account of Zacharias and Elisabeth. By the time we meet them they had already learned that, even for a godly person…

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Investigate The Gospel!—Luke 1:1-4

Investigate The Gospel!

Series: Luke—The Infancy Of Jesus (1:1-2:52)

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Levi Durfey 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

If there’s one thing that bugs me to no end, it’s listening to someone share his opinion about something which they actually know little about. 

 

They may have heard a one-sided news story about some situation, or talked to someone who had heard a one-sided news story about it. And they babble on and on, adding their own hot air to what is already hot air.

 

Christianity is one of those things that a lot of people have their opinions about. Over the years, I have heard and read all sorts of comments like:

 

“Religion is a fairy tale for losers.”

“The Bible is made up and full of lies.”

“Science has disproven the Bible.”

“There is no evidence that miracles happen.”

 

Here’s a direct quote that I read recently,

 

There isn’t a shred of historical evidence that this dude jesus ever lived at all. Not a shred. Prophecies are easy when you write a book knowing what they’re supposed to be… (In the comments at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5y8SpBPwbw)

 

And one final quote:

 

“The Bible was written by one person to fool a lot of people.” I personally know the guy who said this last one…it was me, when I was a teenager. I know for a fact, that I had no idea what I was talking about. I hadn’t investigated the claims of the Bible.

 

The Gospel of Luke was written by a man who had investigated the life and work of Jesus Christ. 

 

Then, working under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, he wrote those things down so that we could also investigate the claims of Jesus for ourselves.

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