Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 1
March 22, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<514> Thesis: A major stumbling block to entering into participation in the Kingdom of God is one's relationships. Introduction: Last week we concluded our studies of Jesus' oblique presentation of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. We studied those under the thesis of 8:10 -- that "disciples" alone are "given to know" the true nature of the Kingdom of God and the blessedness of its "Life". This morning we come to the next concept in Luke's presentation of Jesus' training of those disciples. It is couched in the three-verse record of Jesus' renunciation of His mother and brothers. I use the word "renunciation" as an explanation of what I understand to be Luke's point in this record. Because the idea that Jesus was "renouncing" His earthly family is as touchy an issue as it is, I want to take the time to explain what I believe is going on here.