Chosen to Impact (Luke 6:12-38)
Part of the Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 6:12–38 (Listen)
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Discipleship 101 - Personal Lessons From Jesus
Chosen to Impact
Do you realize He chose you to impact the world?
The power of His choice leads to a life of pursuit that should
Lead to a heart on fire for God - a true disciple!
"It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He
Spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called
His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them"…vs. 12-13
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who
Hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."
"Give and it shall be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure….." vs. 38
I. The night that changed everything - vs. 12-19
A. Prayer precedes every great moment from God
B. God distinguishes the hearts of men
C. Jesus answers the needs of every heart
II. The gaze that shaped every aspect of life - vs. 20-35
A. Bless lives
B. Love unconditionally
C. Act effectively
D. Give sacrificially
III. The call of an effective life - vs. 36-38
A. Mercy - offer compassion
B. Judgement - Forgive and move forward
C. Giving - Blessings always follow obedience
Is your life shaped by His instructions?