Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
January 11, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<496> Thesis: There is a serious danger in seeking Jesus for the wrong reasons. Introduction: At the beginning of a new direction of thought (from "Truth establishment" to "discipleship training"), Luke deliberately set the stage by returning to the earlier thesis that Jesus had come for the purpose of proclaiming the truth about the Kingdom of God in the various cities and villages of Israel (Luke 4:43). Within that setting he made a distinction between a rather casual reference to "the Twelve" and a more specific reference to the women whose monetary wealth was footing the bill for that proclamation. In our study last week we noted that at least a part of Luke's purpose was to explain how everyone who has been touched by the grace of God has a part they can play in making sure others get the same opportunity that they have had to be touched by the grace of God by means of the proclamation of the Truth about His Kingdom. The part we have to play is, however, not by our choice, but by His. He is the One Who made us male and female. He is the One Who made the distinctions between how male and female are permitted to plug into the agenda. He is the One Who determined what gift, or gifts, of the Spirit He would impart to each individual. The Kingdom of God is not a democracy, nor is His grace made available in a "trading days" bazaar for men to pick and choose their own use of it. Behind every person's participation in the Great Agenda is the reality that it must be driven by Love and guided by Faith (the point of chapter six). This morning, as we move further into Luke's record of this new direction, we are going to look into the foundations of Jesus' use of "parable" in His focus upon "discipleship training" and we are going to consider a sober truth regarding just how absolute are the twin truths of chapter six. They are without compromise.