Morning Bible Study
Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it address the
person who is: Empty, lonely, guilty, or afraid to die? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it
build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision Is the church
loved? Regular: 2900 words Communion: 2500 words Video=75wpm
Luke was a doctor
and a travelling companion of the apostle Paul.
He wrote this book
while Paul was in prison.
In writing his
book, Luke made use of other older documents like the Gospel of Mark, as well
as extensive eyewitness accounts.
Jesus’ ministry has
begun, and the people have been amazed not just at the things He’s been
teaching, but the things He’s been doing.
:1 Then He called
His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all
demons, and to cure diseases.
:1 called … together – sugkaleo – to call together, assemble; to call together to one’s
:1 gave – didomi –
to give; to give something to someone; to grant or permit one
:1 power – dunamis – strength, power, ability
Power is the ability to accomplish a task.
When Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood:
(Luke 8:46 NKJV) But Jesus said,
“Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”
The same power that Jesus healed others with, He now gives to His
:1 authority – exousia –
power of choice, the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
Authority is the right to accomplish a task.
This was authority to command demons to come out of people.
:1 diseases – nosos –
:1 to cure – therapeuo –
to serve, do service; to heal, cure, restore to health
:1 power and authority … demons … diseases
Matthew gives a little bit more detail.
(Matthew 10:8 NKJV) Heal the sick, cleanse
the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely
:2 He sent them to
preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
:2 sent – apostello –
to order (one) to go to a place appointed; to order one to depart, send off
This is where the word “apostle” comes from.
:2 to preach the
kingdom of God
to preach – kerusso – to be a herald, to proclaim openly something which has
This is the same
word that was used to describe what Legion did when he returned home after
Jesus cast out all the demons. Jesus had
8:39 NKJV) “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done
for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what
great things Jesus had done for him.
It’s interesting to me that Legion was “preaching” before
the apostles did.
“Preaching” isn’t just for professionals. If Jesus has
done something in your life, you can tell others about it.
Matthew tells us
only a little bit more about what the message was they were to share.
(Matthew 10:7 NKJV) And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
From time to time you will run into people who will
criticize certain pastors and preachers for not “preaching the full message”.
You will see some of these fellows outside Angel Stadium
during the Harvest Crusade accusing Greg Laurie of not preaching the full
I had a gal come
up after a funeral where I had shared the gospel and encouraged people to turn
from their sin, but felt she needed to rebuke me because I didn’t use the word
“repent” (which means to turn from your sin).
Correct doctrine is important.
I think there are
things that are important to be a part of what you believe.
We are all sinners
Our sin separates us from God
Jesus is God in human flesh
Jesus died in order to pay for our sins
You must turn from your sin and believe in Jesus to be
But you will not
see this complete list in every message recorded in the New Testament.
But to be honest, sometimes all a person needs is to hear
that they need Jesus in their lives.
People need to hear you tell them what you believe.
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:2 to heal – iaomai –
to cure, heal; to make whole
:2 the sick – astheneo –
to be weak, feeble, to be without strength, powerless; to be weak in means,
needy, poor; to be feeble, sick
:2 and to heal
isn’t just to talk to people, but to impact their lives, to bring healing.
Validating the message
God would use
miracles and ministry to the needy to validate the message they were preaching.
(Hebrews 2:4 NLT) And
God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and
gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
God can use miracles or even a simple act of kindness in
Jesus’ name to make our words about Jesus ring true.
On Friday I had my
monthly Skype chat with Caleb Beller who is serving in Hungary.
One of the things
that has happened at the Bible College in Hungary over the last two months has
been the impact of the Syrian refugees travelling through Hungary.
When the situation
first began to develop, Caleb and his team felt that God was opening up a door
to share the gospel with these people.
They began going
out each night with whatever they could scrape up – initially food, water, and
warm coats. Some nights they brought hot
coffee to the refugees who were trying to walk across Hungary. As help poured in from Calvary Chapels around
the world, they began to provide tents, blankets, and toilets as well.
The BBC report made it look like Caleb was one of those
Syrian refugees trying to enter Hungary, when he was simply an aid worker
trying to help some hungry people.
Caleb said that at times he found himself being the one
person to bridge the gap between the thousands in front of him looking for
help, and the hundreds of Hungarian police behind him.
politicized the migrant crisis and have billed it as a huge Trojan Horse,
claiming that ISIS is sending young fighting men in with the fleeing migrants.
The Hungarian government was concerned that they were
unable economically to take care of the flood of immigrants and so they shut
off their border. Things got tense.
Video: BBC – Tear gas at Hungarian
Caleb was there and got his first exposure to tear gas
with the immigrants.
I’m not saying that isn’t possible there are ISIS fighters
in the crowds, but Caleb told me that he hasn’t seen this at all. He thought he had seen maybe one or two with
their Muslim prayer rugs out of all the thousands that have flowed through.
What he’s seen are families fleeing from the terror of
radical Islam. He’s found many Christians
who are fleeing for their lives – like this Christian from Iran who asked for
prayer to find his family, and ten minutes later they were reunited.
They have seen hundreds come to Christ as they have
brought help and love to these people.
These people are asking why Caleb’s group is helping
them. Some shared the visions and dreams
they had been having about Jesus.
They are not only giving people food and water, but they
can’t give out Bibles fast enough.
The migrant crisis
shifted when Hungary closed its borders, but the migrants are still coming,
flowing around Hungary through its neighboring countries. There are small Calvary Chapels in those
countries and they too are finding a great opportunity to share the gospel.
In America, we too
have an immigrant crisis of sorts.
I know that there
are all kinds of opinions in this room about what should be done with illegal
My intent is not to
make you into a Democrat or a Republican when it comes to immigration.
I’m not going to tell you they should be deported or they
should become U.S. citizens.
I simply want to
remind you that there is another kingdom that we belong to … God’s kingdom.
This is what will
happen one day when we stand before God:
(Matthew 25:34–40 NKJV) —34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you
blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave
Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick
and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will
answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or
thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You
in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and
come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did
it to Me.’
You don’t even have to go to Hungary to do this. Come out to the monthly food outreach in our
own parking lot.
Be careful that your politics don’t get in the way of
reaching out in Jesus’ name.
Your actions validate your message about Jesus.
:3 And He said to
them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor
money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
:3 take – airo –
to raise up, elevate, lift up; to take upon one’s self and carry what has been
raised up, to bear; to bear away what has been raised, carry off
:3 journey – hodos –
properly a way; a travelled way, road; a travellers way, journey, travelling
:3 staffs – rhabdos –
a staff, a walking stick, a rod with which one is beaten; a staff; as used on a
A staff might be used for a walking stick, but also as protection
The disciples were to leave their guns at home.
There were Greek philosophers of the school of “Cynics” who
traveled the countryside to preach their doctrine. They believed in living with very few
belongings, and were critical of worldly people.
They were recognized by wearing an old cloak and carrying a
Perhaps Jesus didn’t want His disciples confused with the
There may be some similarities between a Christian and a Cynic,
but a Cynic doesn’t have what’s at the core of Christianity – Christ.
:3 bag – pera –
a wallet; a leathern sack
Some have called this a “begging bag”, something to hold out in
front of people as you beg for money.
:3 money – argurion –
silver; money; a silver coin, silver piece, a shekel
:3 do not have two tunics apiece
tunics – chiton –
a tunic, an undergarment
It was a closely fitting under-garment, usually worn next the
skin. At times, especially in working, it was the only garment worn.
“neither have two pair of underwear”
:3 Take nothing
for the journey
On this first trip,
they were to pack very light. They were
to go depending completely on God to provide for their needs.
One of the ways God
would provide would be through the people they would minister to.
(Matthew 10:9–10 NKJV) —9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your
journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his
(1 Timothy 5:17–18 NKJV) —17 Let the elders who rule
well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word
and doctrine. 18 For the Scripture says,
“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The
laborer is worthy of his wages.”
Dependence on God
If God is truly
guiding you into a venture of faith, He will provide for your needs.
Pastor Chuck used
to have a famous saying that went like this:
“Where God guides, God provides”
If God is guiding your steps, He will make sure you have
all that you need.
this particular trip for the disciples, God wants you to go even when you don’t
know where your support is going to come from.
I believe sometimes
God may want you to wait until you have all your support lined up.
Sometimes God will
lead you to do a ministry, and He will supply your needs with a full time job
on the side.
When I was 18, I
had had a sense that God was calling me into the full time ministry.
In the early
eighties I went into the prayer room at Calvary Costa Mesa to ask for prayer to
get into the ministry. Dave Rolph told
me, “Maybe you should start a Bible Study and plant a church.” I thought to myself, “No way”. That was too scary.
We ended up at
Calvary Anaheim, where I eventually became hired as an assistant pastor.
I had been an
assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel of Anaheim for eight years when Deb and I
began to feel that God was stirring us up to go out and plant a church.
At first we thought
about finding some small town in the middle of nowhere, but at the
encouragement of my pastor and the board of elders, we planted a church in the
town where I grew up, Fullerton.
I was scared at the
thought of planting a new church.
I liked the idea of having a steady income. Deb and I have worked our entire adult lives,
whether it’s her in her accounting, or me at various secular jobs and then full
At first I thought
we should wait and not give my notice at Calvary Anaheim until I had a group of
thirty families (David and his thirty mighty men) to go with me – I wanted to
be sure there was some sort of income coming in to support rent and perhaps
some income for me.
But I was teaching through Hebrews on Sunday nights, and I
came to the passage:
11:8 NKJV) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place
which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he
I was convicted by the passage and Deb and I decided that
it was time to give our two-month notice at Calvary Anaheim.
The first couple
we asked to go with us were Dave and Laurie.
They had invited us over to their house for dinner, and when we asked if
they wanted to help us plant a church in Fullerton, they said “yes”, and I had
our worship leader. Dave thought it
would just be the four of us meeting in our living room.
By the time we had our first service on November 20, 1994
at the Fullerton YMCA, we had about thirty families with us for our first
The Elders at
Calvary Anaheim gave us a financial gift to help us get off the ground, and as
we’ve gone forward as a church, we’ve never been in debt, and our bank balance
has never gone below Anaheim’s initial gift.
For twenty-one years, God has provided.
Jesus also warned them that there would be times when sharing
their message about Jesus would get them into trouble.
Yet Jesus promised His disciples that He would provide them with
the words to say, even in those difficult times.
(Matthew 10:19–20 NKJV) —19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you
should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who
speaks in you.
It doesn’t take much to serve
I think sometimes we have some ideas that if we were to serve the
Lord that we would need to have fulfilled a list of 45 different things.
Sometimes our list is filled with things that are to make us
About thirty years
ago Deb and I were applying for a youth pastor job in Visalia. We had on our list of requirements that they
needed to sell Wheat Thins before we moved.
God just says
Sometimes our list includes qualifications and abilities that we
think are going to be important. But God
just says “Go”.
Jesus is going to teach these the guys that when God says “GO”,
you can go.
God is simply looking for a willing heart.
:4 “Whatever house
you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
:4 house – oikia –
a house; an inhabited edifice, a dwelling
:4 enter – eiserchomai
– to go out or come in: to enter
:4 stay – meno –
to remain, abide
This is the word that is often translated “abide”
:4 depart – exerchomai –
to go or come forth of
house you enter, stay there
I think the idea is
that they were not to go bouncing from house to house.
Stay where you
If someone invites
you to stay with them, then stay with them until you are done in that city.
(Luke 9:4 NLT) Wherever
you go, stay in the same house until you leave town.
Some people like to
bounce around from one house to the next, from one church to the next, looking
for something better. Sometimes it’s
better to find a place and stay.
:5 And whoever will
not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from
your feet as a testimony against them.”
:5 receive – dechomai –
to take with the hand; to take up, receive; to receive or grant access to, a
visitor, not to refuse intercourse or friendship
:5 go out – exerchomai –
to go or come forth of
:5 dust – koniortos –
raised dust, flying dust; dust
:6 So they departed
and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
:6 departed – exerchomai –
to go or come forth of
:6 went through – dierchomai – to go through, pass through; to go different places
:6 preaching the gospel – euaggelizo – to bring good news, to announce glad tidings
:6 healing – therapeuo –
to serve, do service; to heal, cure, restore to health
:6 everywhere – pantachou – everywhere
:5 shake off the
very dust from your feet
shake off – apotinasso (“away
from” + “to jostle”) – to shake off
This is a particularly violent gesture of disfavor.
Whenever a Jew
visited a Gentile country, on their way home they would “shake off” the dust, indicating
that they wanted no part of the dirty, unworthy Gentiles.
Matthew tells us
that Jesus sent His disciples to preach exclusively to the Jews on this first
mission trip (Mat. 10:5-6)
(Matthew 10:5–6 NKJV) —5 These twelve Jesus sent
out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do
not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
If those Jews
didn’t respond openly to the gospel, the disciples were to show them that they
were acting like Gentiles.
:5 testimony – marturion –
Drop it and move on
Sometimes you have
to let it go.
When Paul and
Barnabas were on their first missionary journey, they stopped at the city of
Antioch in Pisidia.
They preached first
to the Jews in their synagogue, but when the Jews rejected their message, they
went on to preach to the Gentiles. Even
then, the Jews made things difficult…
(Acts 13:50–52 NKJV) —50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the
chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and
expelled them from their region. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet
against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with
the Holy Spirit.
The disciples didn’t stay angry at those jerks. They moved on with joy.
It’s not up to you
to convince people of the truth of the gospel.
Your job is to
speak the truth and let God work on their heart.
It’s their job to respond.
I think it’s good
to have answers to sincere questions that people have, but some aren’t looking
for truth, they’re looking to argue or to ridicule.
A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies
explains to her class of young students that she is an atheist. She asks her
class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting
to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy
fireworks. There is, however, one exception. A girl named Lucy has not gone
along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.
“Because I’m not an atheist.” Then, asks the teacher, what are you? “I’m a
Christian.” The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She
asks Lucy why she is a Christian. “Well, I was brought up knowing and loving
Jesus. My mom is a Christian, and my dad is a Christian, so I am a Christian.”
The teacher is now angry. “That’s no reason,” she says loudly. “What if your
mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?” A pause,
and a smile…. “Then,” says Lucy, “I’d be an atheist.”
To be honest, I hope we have better reasons than that to be
Bill Maher seems
the kind of person that would rather argue or ridicule than understand.
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Sometimes I think
we can do more damage by arguing with some people.
Some people just don’t want to lose an argument, and your
continual arguing can put them in a place where they won’t give you the
satisfaction of agreeing with you because of their own pride.
Sometimes all we
can do is plant seeds.
And seeds take time
We need to be sure
to hear from God about this.
Be careful that
it’s not your own anger or pride that makes you move on when God wants you to
But sometimes you
need to let it go.
There can be a
place where a person simply is not open to what God wants to do in their life,
you and the gospel, and you shake off whatever dirt they've splattered you
with, and move on.
Let God handle it
That’s not to say
that the seeds you plant can’t take root and eventually bear fruit.
John, and Jesus
:7 Now Herod the
tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it
was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
:7 Herod the
tetrarch … was perplexed
There are several men named Herod in the New Testament.
Herod the Great was the man with many building projects like the
refurbishing of the Temple, and building the city of Caesarea. He was the man who was paranoid at the birth
of Jesus and had all the infants killed.
There was another Herod during the time of Paul.
There are several men named Herod in the New Testament, this is
Herod Antipas did
not like John the Baptist because John kept confronting Herod over his immoral
marriage to his brother’s wife.
Herod put John in
jail, and eventually had John beheaded.
Herod Antipas’ half-brother Philip had been married to a gal
named Herodias while they lived in Rome.
Philip was also Herodias’ uncle.
When Herod Antipas visited Rome, he seduced Herodias and persuaded her
to leave her husband and live with him.
John the Baptist had caused Herod a lot of grief because he had
been confronting Herod over his immorality.
Sometime after Jesus had been baptized by John the Baptist, Herod
threw John into prison for causing him so much grief.
We think that John’s public preaching ministry lasted about a
year, and that he would spend about two years in prison before being put to
death by Herod Antipas.
Matthew gives us the details of what followed.
(Matthew 14:3–12 NKJV) —3 For Herod had laid hold
of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias,
his brother Philip’s wife. 4 Because John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And although he wanted to put him to
death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6 But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated,
the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. 7 Therefore he promised with an oath to
give her whatever she might ask. 8 So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the
Baptist’s head here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of
those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. 10 So he sent and had John beheaded in
prison. 11 And his head was
brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her
mother. 12 Then his disciples came
and took away the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
It sounds like the
recap of a season of “Housewives of Jerusalem”.
:7 perplexed – diaporeo –
to be entirely at loss, to be in perplexity
:7 had risen – egeiro –
to arouse, cause to rise; to arouse from sleep, to awake; to arouse from the
sleep of death, to recall the dead to life
:8 and by some that
Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen
:8 appeared – phaino –
to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light; shine; to become
evident, to be brought forth into the light, come to view, appear; to meet the
eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest
:8 risen again – anistemi – to cause to rise up, raise up; raise up from laying
down; to raise up from the dead; to rise, stand up
:8 that Elijah
There was a prophecy
that the prophet Elijah would appear again, before the coming of the Messiah
(Malachi 4:5 NKJV) Behold, I will send you
Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
suggesting that perhaps Jesus was Elijah come back.
In a way, Elijah had already appeared. The angel told John the Baptist’s father …
(Luke 1:17 NKJV) He will also go before
Him in the spirit and power of Elijah…
But this is one of those prophecies that has a double
Jesus will come a second time, and we believe Elijah will too.
We believe Elijah is one of the two witnesses described in the
book of Revelation:
(Revelation 11:3 NKJV) And I will give power
to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty
days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Some of the people were saying that perhaps Jesus was Elijah
coming to prepare the people for the coming Messiah.
:8 one of the
old prophets had risen again
old – archaios –
that has been from the beginning, original, primal, old ancient; of men,
things, times, conditions
The Jews distinguish the prophets of the Old Testament into two
groups, the “former” and the “latter”. (See John Gill)
The “former” or “old” prophets are those before Elijah, including
those in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel.
The “latter” prophets are those after Elijah, including Isaiah,
Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
So it could be that some of the people were wondering if Jesus
was someone like Samuel or David come back to life.
Some were suggesting
that Jesus might have been one of the ancient prophets before Elijah, like
Samuel or David come back to life.
:9 Herod said,
“John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he
sought to see Him.
:9 beheaded – apokephalizo
(“from” + “head”) – to cut off the head, behead, decapitate
:9 he sought – zeteo –
to seek in order to find; to seek i.e. require, demand; to crave, demand
something from someone
:9 who is this
of whom I hear such things?
Herod had a
curiosity about Jesus.
looking for a Savior, Herod was looking for entertainment.
After Jesus was
arrested by the chief priest and put on trial, Herod got his chance to see
Jesus. (Luke 23:8-12)
(Luke 23:8–12 NKJV) —8 Now when Herod saw
Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to
see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some
miracle done by Him. 9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood
and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him,
arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became
friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each
He asked Jesus to
do a miracle, but Jesus wouldn’t do anything or even speak to Herod.
Herod got angry and
sent Jesus back to Pilate to be crucified.
Some people make
the mistake of thinking the Christianity is like all other religions, that it’s
all about the teachings of Jesus, just like Buddhism is about the teachings of
Buddha or Islam is about the teachings of Mohammed.
are important, but Christianity isn’t based on what Jesus says to do or don’t
based on the person of Jesus Christ.
He is God taking on
He came to this
earth for one reason – to die as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of the world.
He and He alone answers
the greatest need of man, to know God.
He answers that
need by removing the barrier that keeps us from God, our sin.
Being a Christian
isn’t just about finding a better way to live your life, it’s about finding
It’s about having
your sins forgiven.
It’s about knowing God.
Are you here today
to be entertained, or to find God?
(John 3:16 NKJV) For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.