Corrie Gustafson - July 24, 2016

Life from the Fringe

Invited: Stories of Welcome in the Gospel of Luke

A dying girl. An unclean woman. Who or what can rescue them from the edges of death and despair? Today we see power go out from Jesus, power that leads to peace and healing. Some might say these two females weren’t worthy of Jesus’ attention, but his actions tell a different story.

Scripture References: Luke 8:40-56

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Sermons this summer will focus on portraits of Jesus found in Luke’s gospel. Our recent studies in the life of David pointed forward to Israel’s true sovereign and now we turn to accounts of Jesus whom David called, ”my Lord”. We quickly discover that the ‘son of David’ is much greater than any of the ancients had anticipated. Israel’s king is in fact the savior of the world, the Lord of all. Luke is an apt herald of this message. As the only Gentile among the gospel writers Luke is especially attuned to Jesus’ welcome of those who were outside, unworthy and rejected. The “beloved physician” wrote his account of Jesus’ life as the first of two volumes, knowing he would also recount the story of witnesses who told the world of its savior. After a summer in Luke we will begin the journey of Acts in September.

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