Jesus’s Astonishing Ministry—Luke 4:31-44

Series: The Ministry of Jesus in Galilee (4:14–9:50)


Levi Durfey 




Three times in this passage we see the reaction of the people to Jesus’s ministry. In verse 32, they are “astonished.” In verse 36, they are “amazed.” In verse 42, they beg him to stay in their region.


What made Jesus’s ministry so astonishing? And what can we do today to make our ministries astonishing to people?

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Rejected By Those Who Should Have Received Him—Luke 4:14–32

Series: The Ministry of Jesus in Galilee (4:14–9:50)


Levi Durfey 




Jesus Christ is the most divisive person in the history of the world. Our text shows this clearly—those who should have accepted him (his hometown “aunts” and “uncles” and “grandmas” and teachers and friends and family) instead rejected him. They even tried to kill him!


Why? Why were they so against him? Let’s look at the text and find out.

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The Resurrection Of Jesus Is Real And Relevant


Levi Durfey 




The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most debated issues in history, and it should be—a lot rides on it. If the resurrection of Jesus Christ didn’t happen, then Christianity is a sham. The apostle Paul wrote—


14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (1 Corinthians 15:14)


If the resurrection of Jesus Christ really happened, then everything about Heaven and Hell is confirmed. 


If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is real, then people really do have to make a life-changing choice, destiny-changing decision about Jesus Christ. He cannot be ignored.


So, is the resurrection real? In the ultimate sense, that question can only be answered by faith. Faith is what confirms the realness of the resurrection.


1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)


But is that a cop-out? No, because biblical faith is not a blind faith. It is not a faith that checks your brains at the door. Rather, it is a faith that has reasons and arguments behind it.

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O Worship The Meek King—Matthew 21:1-14

20170409FBCAM [Palm Sunday]

Levi Durfey 




Who or what do people tend to want to worship? It is whoever or whatever they think will be able to fulfill their needs and wants. 


Israel, when they were led out of Egypt by way of the Red Sea, eagerly worshiped the Lord. And why not? He had given them what they had wanted—freedom.


But let Moses disappear on a mountain for forty days to receive the law from God, what happens? 


1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Exodus 32:1)


The Lord disengaged for a short time, which the people interpreted as weakness. So they decided it was time to find some other god to lead them. 


People will worship whatever will give them what they want or need. Which brings us to our text in Matthew 21. Why were the people worshiping Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem? Let’s take a look—

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Facing Temptation Like Jesus Faced Temptation—Luke 4:3-13

Series: Jesus’s Preparation For Ministry (3:1-4:13) 


Levi Durfey 




We’re going to talk about temptation. What is temptation? Temptation is when someone tries to get you to do something wrong. 


Like maybe you are with a group of kids and they are throwing rocks in the creek and then someone gets the idea that they should throw rocks through the window of Farmer Fred’s house. “Come on, it will be fun!” 


Is it right to throw rocks through a person’s window? No, but you might be tempted to do it because the other kids want to do it and it seems fun. That’s temptation.


Other kids might tempt you sometimes, but do you know who tempts you all the time? Satan does. We always have to be on the look out for Satan’s temptations. He’s like a fisherman. 


What does a fisherman use to catch fish? A fishing pole with a hook. But does he just put a hook in the water? No, because the fish would see it and say, “It’s a hook, run away!”


So he puts a worm on it (Gummy Worm). The worm hides the hook and it looks good to the fish. So they come up and bite and get caught.


A temptation always looks good to us, it might seem fun to do, like throwing rocks through Farmer Fred’s window. But the temptation hides a sin. And sin is always wrong to do.


Who should we go to for help in fighting temptation and sin? Jesus. And one reason that we can is because Jesus faced temptation himself. He knows what it is like. We can follow him.


Jesus faced temptation from Satan for forty days. Recorded for us are three of the temptations, perhaps the final three. 


Each of the three temptations have two parts: first, Satan’s Suggestion, followed by Jesus responding with Scripture’s Truth. 


Jesus gives a model to follow when we face temptation. First…

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