by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: What Did Jesus Say About Things?
Series: But What Did Jesus Say About It?
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 12:13-21

Jesus taught that "riches" can throttle spiritual life like thorns choke the growth of seeds. In this parable He explained the connection between "riches" and "things."

I. The Setting. vv. 13 15

A. Jesus addresses the crowds.
1. The call to discipleship. 12:1

2. The promise of the Spirit. 12:12

B. A man interrupts the teaching.
1. An appeal to Jesus' authority.

2. A desire to use it for his own ends.

3. Jewish laws of inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:15-17; Numbers 27:1-11

C. A response from Jesus.
1. An implied connection to Moses. Exodus 2:14; Acts 7:24, 35

2. An unambiguous warning.
a. Beware greed's dangers: "Watch out! Be on your guard!"

b. Be alert to life's pitfalls: "Life does not consist in abundance."

II. The Parable. vv. 16 20


Part 6: What Did Jesus Say About Calamities?
Series: But What Did Jesus Say About It?
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 13:1-9

I. The Setting. vv. 1-5

A. Jesus charges His hearers with hypocrisy. 12:54 56
1. They are adept at forecasting the weather through observing the signs.

2. They are inept at reading the signs to “interpret the present time.”

B. Jesus cautions His hearers about lethargy. 12:57 59
1. What is holding them back from correct interpretation?

2. Why don’t they see that they are heading for a judicial showdown?

3. Wouldn’t it be smart to sort things out while there is still time?

4. Will they not recognize if they don’t settle “they won’t get out”?

C. The issues of atrocities and natural disasters are raised. vv. 1, 4

D. The unspoken assumptions of ancient and modern people
1. Ancient view: Calamities are God’s response to human sin.

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