Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
August 16, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<550> Thesis: Jesus' extension of His task to "The Twelve" marked a major turning point for them. Introduction: This morning we are to begin a study of chapter nine of Luke's record of Jesus' words and works. The chapter opens by telling us that Jesus called "The Twelve" together to give them "power" and "authority". This marks a significant step forward in their progress as men of God. For the children of God to become what God intends them to be as sons of God, there must be a movement away from passive participation to active participation. Growth into the maturity of adult sons is a three-steps-forward-two-steps-back kind of reality in any case, but "settling into" passive participation is actually a two-steps-forward-three-steps-back kind of reality. So, in Luke nine we see Jesus taking the next step in regard to The Twelve: they are going to become active sharers in His work. Up to this point, they have been involved observers; after this point, they are going to be active generators of observation. What we are seeing at the beginning of chapter nine is a demonstration of the divine method of "Life". So, we are going to look, as observers, and see if what we see will move us beyond "observation".