Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
November 20, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<205> Thesis: The preaching of repentance was about man's problem, not his ability/inability to "fix" it. Introduction: We have seen that Luke was very much interested in providing Theophilus with a completely different way to approach the issues of life. All through the New Testament we see the enormous conflict between the four perceived "ways of life". The first perceived "way of life" is that of the out and out rebel who cannot stand to have "authority" over him. This is the "way" of "the worship of lady liberty". It is the American Way. The second perceived "way of life" is that of the "externalist" who sees "submission to authority" as the way to prove his superiority over the "rebel". This is the conservative way; it emphasizes the "rule of law". The third perceived "way of life" is that of the "relationalist" who sees the flaws of rebels and externalists and calls for everyone to lay down their differences and "love" one another. This is the "bleeding heart" who cannot stand to deal with conflict and suffering. The fourth perceived "way of life" is that of the "Christian" who sees God as Life and who will not tolerate any personal violation of conscience in relating to Him. He does not value "liberty"; he is not interested in proving he is "superior"; and he does not shy away from "fighting" the good fight. It is into this raging conflict that Luke steps as he writes to Theophilus about the "Grace of God". His thesis is that "Life" only comes from relating to God as the God of all Grace. We have come to Luke 3. At this point in Luke's presentation, he began to actually reveal the words of the man who was named "Yahweh is Gracious". In the beginning of his revelation of those words, he cast about for a "summary" term that would encapsulate those words. It was his goal to "characterize" John's introduction of his generation to the Grace of Yahweh with a one-word summary. He chose the word "repent". This morning we are going to look into the use of this one word as it relates to the Grace of God.