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The Army of the Lord: Liberating the Lost (28 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Luke 4:14-21; Isaiah 61:1-7
We are the Army of God, here to display God's glory on Earth and liberate people who are imprisoned by pain and fear. Not even the gates of hell can stand in our way! (See Matthew 16:18.)
''The safest place for the believer is on the front lines of battle.'' - Bill Johnson
- Focus on verses 18-21 for Jesus' life and ministry offering freedom.
- Focus on verse 3 for God's redemptive plans.
- Focus on verses 4-6 for God's restorative plans.
EQUIP: An army of freedom and joy.
Teaching Point 1: Jesus ministers freedom and joy to those in bondage (Luke 4:18-22).
- Jesus' ministry is one of redemption and restoration.
- Jesus ministers good news for the poor, release to captives, healing for the afflicted, and freedom for the oppressed (Luke 4:18)!
Jesus read a passage from Isaiah that was famous in Jewish history. The passage describes the promised ministry of Israel's Messiah - the anointed Savior-King who would be sent by God. Jesus showed God's people that salvation had arrived. ''The Scripture you've just heard has been fulfilled this very day'' (LUKE 4:21).
This passage from Isaiah clearly shows what Jesus came to Earth to do. He came to redeem and restore!
Jesus gives good news to the poor, release to captives, healing for the afflicted, and freedom for the oppressed (LUKE 4:18)!
Jesus came to set us free! ''So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free'' (JOHN 8:36). We aren't slaves to fear anymore! We are the children of God.
Jesus came to take our burdens - all the things that weigh us down and make us feel afraid or worthless. He actually WANTS to carry these things for us. ''Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you'' (1 PETER 5:7).
PSALM 68:19 gives us a picture of who Jesus is and what He wants to do f ...
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