Pastor Caldwell will delve into Luke 14 this week, beginning with the story of Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath in vv. 1-6, followed by a parable in vv. 7-11. The concluding verse of this section seems to give the main purpose of the passage: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (14:11).
The "humble" person is not simply one who helps out the poor or who gives their seat to someone in need. In the Bible, true humility is to understand our plight in the world, and our need to trust in Christ and repent of our sins. We know this because Jesus quotes Luke 14:11 later in the gospel. In 18:13-14, a tax collector, with knowledge of gravity of his sin, says, "God, be mercifcul to me, a sinner!," to which Jesus responds, "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified...for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted
John Calvin once wrote, "The Christian life is a race of repentance—not a race to attain repentance, but a race that is characterized by repentance." Let us be characterized as people of repentance!
Songs we will sing this week focus on God's grace, and will include:
- Here is Love (iTunes, Amazon)
- Psalm 62 (My Soul Finds Rest) (iTunes, Amazon)
- Sovereign Over Us (aaronkeyes.com)
- Trust You (aaronkeyes.com)
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!
Pastor for Worship.