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Invitation to a changed life Luke’s Gospel

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  • Invitation to a changed lifeLukes Gospel

  • Invitation to a changed lifeFreedom for the captives

  • The invitations are in our handsTo draw nearerTo give away

  • bring good news to the poorset the prisoners freebring sight to the blindrelease the oppressedlet people know about Gods favour.

  • Luke 4: 31 - 3931Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught the people.32They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.33In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,34Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are the Holy One of God! 35Be quiet!Jesus said sternly.Come out of him!Then the demon threw the man down

  • before them all and came out without injuring him.36All the people were amazed and said to each other, What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!37And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.38Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simons mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.39So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

  • Jesus was being outrageous; hed claimed to be the anointed one of God.The worlds rescuer.Fulfiller of ancient prophecies.Outrage!But no one could deny that he taught with authority. v32

  • BANG!Public in the synagogue. Man delivered from a demon. Private mother of Simon. Jesus heals her. His actions backed up his claims. News travelled fast. This is not what religion was supposed to be like!

    Would have been buzzing

  • Jesus has a vision bigger than himself. Hes not just after a following.He sees people burdened by sickness and evil.He longs for something better. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matt 9:36

  • So whats the invitation?Leading people from where they are to somewhere better.An invitation into a relationship not a religion.

  • JesusWhat does this invitation look like?

    One way

  • JesusOr another way

  • Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6. Jesus wasnt negotiating here. Its the truth.

    Lets be clear

  • But his follow me is about relationship. And I, when I am lifted upfrom the earth, will draw all people to myself. John 12: 32 This is Jesus mission and he continues today. Lets be clear

  • This changes how we think about our town.Changing the spiritual landscape becomes achievable.Jesus is already drawing people.We simply join in.

  • Whos the invitation for?Who are the captives?Anyone who doesnt know that God loves them.Our kindness, conversation and invitation are used by Jesus to build relationship with HIM.

  • Jesus didnt go looking for the demonised. His presence drew them out.Jesus didnt go looking for the sick. His presence drew them close.Public & private: relationship builder; invitation giver.Finding ways to love and serve our community. Finding ways of inviting people into a relationship with Jesus.

  • The distance between people and Jesus isnt theological, social or cultural. Its personal contact . When peoples lives collide with Jesus they are changed and the world around them changes too.

  • Everywhere we go we have a spiritual impact.Pray for influence & insight.The invitation is in our hands.Relationship not religion.Belonging before believing.Community building outside the church as well as inside.

    Joining in with Jesus mission

  • Where does church fit in?Church: you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. 1 Peter 2:5

    Sunday mornings: an incredibly safe place to come and hear the dangerous message of Jesus. Dave Workman

  • Invitation to a changed lifeNext week:The rhythm of our lives as invitation givers