Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 4
August 8, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<083> Thesis: Luke's record of God's successful alteration of Zacharias' innermost Theology is extraordinarily encouraging. Introduction: Last week we made the claim that Luke was deliberately focused on what we called "identity" issues. One comment that probably needs to go into the record is this: man's greatest need is not clarity on his/her identity but is clarity on God's character. The issue is not who we are or what we are like so much as it is Who God is and What He is like. The name "John" is far more significant than most folks realize in that it sets the stage for a huge world-view shift. In the Gospel of "John" we are told that this world-view shift has to do with the innermost "T"heology of individuals being shifted from the Justice and Judgment of God to the Grace upon Grace of God. Luke's focus in Chapter One is upon God's intention to bring this shift to pass in the hearts of individuals. This morning we are going to look into God's accomplishment of this shift in the heart of one person so that we may see an example of how He succeeds in His desire for individuals to come to the on-going experience of joy.