Introducing Luke

Since our Sunday service was canceled due to cold (9F/-13C) and a foot or so of snow, I don’t really have a sermon to discuss this week.  So I thought I’d just take a moment to direct you to a handy little introduction to the Gospel of Luke that provides lots of background information.  You can read it HERE.

Mark Driscoll wrote this introduction.  He’s the author of several recent books and a leader among emergent churches.  He is also the founding minister of Mars Hill Church, a megachurch with a Reformed theology, in Seattle, Washington.

Mars Hill recently began a 3 year sermon series on the Gospel of Luke.  This is a radical departure from generally accepted methodology of mega churches.  Most seeker centered, megachurches preach series of 4-6 weeks that each have a catchy title and lots of practical application. Taking the time to prepare a study guide on backgrounds and going through a book verse-by-verse is almost unheard of at a church like this.  If you’re curious, audio of Driscoll’s sermons is available here.

My sermon series on Luke will run closer to to 3 months than 3 years, and only be 30 minutes each, not 60.  So I thought some of Driscoll’s material might interest to you.  If you’re looking for some other resources on Luke’s Gospel I suggest a few commentaries at my Amazon store here.

  • If you know of some other good web resources on the Gospel of Luke, I’d love for you to share them.  Just click “comment”, below.
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2 comments

  1. J-Rizzo

    I’ve heard about “Reformed Theology,” but I don’t exactly know what that means. Could you enlighten me a little?

  2. ozziepete

    Thanks for dropping by J-Rizz, it’s been a while.

    By “Reformed Theology” I just mean they’re Calvinist in their teaching. (There may be a more technical definition out there somewhere.) The distinctive belief is that God has chosen who’ll be saved and who’ll miss out, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

    Historically, churches heavily influenced by Calvinist Theology and described as “Reformed” include Presbyterians, and various Reformed Churches. (In my home town the Dutch Reformed Church was pretty big.) Some Baptist churches also hold Reformed/Calvinist beliefs.

    Interestingly, although many prominent teachers in the early Restoration Movement came from Presbyterian backgrounds, I’m not aware that Calvinism has ever been an issue within Churches of Christ. We have always emphasised the individuals free will to choose whether or not to accept God’s offer of salvation.

    I hope you feel a little enlightened. 😉

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