Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, July 3, Luke 10:1-20, Work Enough for Everyone –God has work enough for everyone. Jesus encouraged His disciples to both do the work and to pray for workers. We are all missionaries and we all need to be praying for more missionaries. The 72 were not unique in their qualifications. There were not better educated, more capable, or of higher status than Jesus’ other followers. What equipped them for this mission was their awareness of Jesus power and vision to reach all the people.
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, July 10, Luke 10:25-37, How Do I Get to Heaven –This lesson contains the well-known Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus’ telling of this parable is prompted by a question from a lawyer, an expert in the Law of Moses, in which he asked: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered his question with a question, asking his understanding of what the Sciptures taught. Having quoted from the Old Testament law, the lawyer realized that he could not possibly keep the law without fault. When he asked another question in an attempt to limit the law’s command and put himself in a better position to gain eternal life, Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan. As we look this encouter between a lawyer and Jesus, we will ask what it teaches us about the answer to the question that started it all: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, July 17, Luke 10:38-42, Mary or Martha –The Gospel lesson is the familiar story of Mary and Martha. When Jesus and His disciples came to their home for dinner, Martha busied herself with all that had to be done to show proper hospitality to their guests. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to Him teach. When Martha complained about Mary not helping her, Jesus noted that Mary had chosen what was good and most important. Who are you most like? And what do we learn from this story about how we live for Jesus?
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 24, Luke 11:1-13, Teach Us to Pray – When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, Jesus taught them the Lord’s Prayer. We say this prayer quite quickly in our worship services, yet each petition is packed with meaning. We will unpack each part of the Lord’s Prayer and then look at the other words of Jesus here that provide encouragment and confidence in praying to our heavenly Father.
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, July 31, Luke 12:49-53, Judgement, Division? – Jesus’ ministry on this earth brought new life. But there would be a very tough side to what that new life meant, and Jesus made that very clear. Following Jesus will force us to make some very tough decisions, decisions may bring about separation from others.