Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
January 4, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<494> Thesis: Love's ministry fixation is upon the progress of the Gospel. Introduction: As Luke seven provided us with an extended look into the issue of how one goes about living "Kingdom Truth" in a non-Kingdom setting, so Luke eight provides us with the "fixation" of such a life. It seems clear from a comparison of 8:1 to 9:1-2 that Luke eight is a record of how Jesus trained others to take on the responsibility of doing the work of the ministry. It also seems rather obvious that His focus has remained generally the same: in 6:46-49 He wound up His "sermon" by making it impossible to legitimately call Him "Lord" without embracing His "Truth" and in 8:19-21 He put teeth into it. The "point" here is that it is impossible to own Jesus as "Lord" and not be "into" what He is "into". What this boils down to is that it is fundamentally wrong for a person to profess to possess the life that Jesus came to make possible and not be interested in making sure that the message that brought that life to him/her is getting out to others in a viable form. That it is His "mother" in 8:19-21 that He effectively "rejects" is a two-fold shock in that He treated Mary that way and in that it was Mary in chapter one that set the example for the rest of us. But the fact is: even though people change over time in their commitments and pursuits, the Truth never does. So, as we begin a new year, we are also beginning a new study. We have seen that both "faith" and "love" are the foundations for "Kingdom living". Now we are going to see that neither "faith" nor "love" exist in a healthy condition where there is no genuine commitment to the progress of the Gospel.