Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 4 Study # 1
November 26, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<300> Thesis: Authority is, by design, an instrument of "ministry". Introduction: There is a sense in these latter days that "salvation" is an "accessory" much like a jacket or sweater that we are to put on so that when we die we can "go to heaven". But, this sense is as far off target as it is possible to get. One could not miss the target any worse if he deliberately aimed 180 degrees away from it. The biblical perspective is that man's reason for existence has been twisted 180 degrees and God has provided a way for him to return to a "life" (and lifestyle) that is, once again, "on target". As we have addressed the paragraph in Luke 4:31-37, we have seen that Jesus was primarily noted for being One Who exercises final authority. This is the issue of "lifestyle". This is the reason for the rejection of Jesus: the reality that the way one lives is at issue and the question is that of the authority that will govern that "way". This morning we are going to look into Luke's record of Jesus' activity after He left the synagogue where the authority issue was set forth.