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Sent to Heal - Identity Part 4 (4 of 16)
Open to Acts 3.
We're taking a few months to study the book of Acts. And we've been saying that Acts is the story of what happened when a group of people decided to take the resurrection and the aliveness of Jesus seriously. And you remember, at the very beginning, Luke-the author of Acts-talked about his previous book-the Gospel of Luke. And he said in that book, he wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach. And yet, when you read the gospel of Luke, it covers the birth of Christ, and his life, and his teachings and his miracles, and his death and his resurrection. It covers all of Jesus' life on earth! So why would Luke say, ''I wrote about all the Jesus began to do and teach?''
And the obvious answer is: because Jesus isn't done doing and teaching yet. Right? He's still carrying out his mission! The only difference is, he's now doing it through…whom? His followers! His church! He's doing it through us. And I don't know about you, but that idea grabs my heart and commands my attention like nothing else. I mean, I've got this one life, and it's not that long. And if I'm going to give myself to something that matters, I just can't find anything that matters more than the mission of Jesus.
So…the Gospel of Luke records all the Jesus began to do and teach; the book of Acts records all the Jesus continued to do and teach through his church.
Now-before we get into the passage for today, let's look quickly at one of the places in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus defines his mission. It's in Luke chapter four, and this was just at the very beginning, when Jesus was going public with his ministry. Luke 4, beginning in verse 16:  He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place whe ...
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