And the Pharisees Grumbled

July 3, 2011 | Series: Personal Evangelism. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 15:1-2

Jesus invested a lot of time with sinners, and the religious leaders didn’t like it. He told three of his most famous parables in response to their complaints. Why did he risk his reputation eating and drinking with such undesirable persons? Why didn’t the Pharisees agree with his methods? This simple introduction to chapter fifteen reveals deep insights about both Jesus’ and the Pharisees’ attitudes toward the lost.

“How Will This Be…?”

January 2, 2011 | Series: Matthew. Scripture: Luke and Matthew. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:31-35
If Jesus is the legal son of Joseph, then he is the birth son of the virgin Mary. We all echo Mary’s response to this news, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”. Drawing upon a few texts, we’ll seek to answer two large questions about the birth of Christ: how can a virgin give birth? and can God become a man?

Who Is My Neighbor?

July 11, 2010 | Series: Special. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 10:25-37
Jesus told the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan in response to someone’s question about eternal life. But what does helping others have to do with the kingdom of God?

Where Your Treasure Is

June 13, 2010 | Series: Radical Stewardship. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 12:13-34
How does eternity affect your finances? In this text Jesus addresses that question head on. While warning people of the coming judgment, he explains that what they do with their money reveals the condition of their soul.

Why Do Doubts Arise in Your Hearts?

April 4, 2010 | Series: Victor Over Death. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 24:36-49
The resurrection of Christ is foundational to the faith. Today there are many who don’t accept this truth as historical fact, and even his own disciples had to be convinced of it. What did Jesus say and do to convince those closest to him that he had actually been raised from the dead? Should we expect him to do the same for us today?

The Lost Son

August 9, 2009 | Series: Lost and Found. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 15:11-32
Jesus’ last parable in this series follows the same pattern of something lost, something found, rejoicing, and then the main point. In this parable, Jesus emphasizes the Father’s rejoicing through the image of a father rejoicing over the return of his lost son. The Pharisees, on the other hand, refuse to rejoice.

The Lost Coin

August 2, 2009 | Series: Lost and Found. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 15:8-10
This is the second parable in a series of three that Jesus used to expose the Pharisee attitude toward sinners. In this sermon, we’ll contrast the Father’s joy over repentant sinners with the Pharisees’ scorn.

The Lost Sheep

July 26, 2009 | Series: Lost and Found. Scripture: Luke. Speakers: Pastor Mitch Freeman.

Luke 15:1-7
What brings you joy? Is your heart in the same place as the Father’s? Through a series of three parables, Jesus rebukes the grumbling Pharisees because they resent His ministry to sinners. But as we’ll learn in this companion series to the book of Jonah, God is glorified when the ungodly are justified.