Alex Enabnit-Teaching Resident
If you’ve been with us for the past couple of months, you know that we’ve been skipping around the Book of Luke a bit, organizing series based on topics rather than chronology. This weekend we switched that up a bit with a new series called “Fielder’s Choice.” In baseball, a fielder’s choice is where an infielder has several options in executing a play. Similarly, there have been passages in Luke that didn’t really tie-in together or fit into our topic-based series but were just too important to skip over, so we chose to put them here.
Starting off “Fielder’s Choice,” we looked at Luke 17:1-5, a short but hard-hitting passage. In these verses, Jesus gives a warning about leading others into sin. To put it simply, sin is always going to happen, but leading someone into sin comes with severe consequences. We need to make sure that our actions aren’t causing others to stumble. In the words of Jesus in verse three, “So watch yourselves.”
Jesus continues this challenging lesson with a message about rebuke and forgiveness. First, if a fellow believer sins against you, you are to personally rebuke and forgive him/her. It doesn’t even matter how many times it happens, we are always to forgive without exception, a difficult but essential virtue.
“To get it right with God, you must get it right with people.” How are you doing in your interactions with other people?
Other verses and quotes in the message:
John 6:66; Luke 9:23; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 10:32; Matthew 16:23; Matthew 13:40-42; 1 Corinthians 5:12-13; Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:15; Galatians 6:1-2; Matthew 18:22; Luke 6:36; Matthew 6:14-15; Ephesians 4:32;
Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross, was talking with a friend one day when the name of a person they both knew came up. Years before that person had done some very mean things to Clara. The friend asked Barton,“Don’t you remember when she did that to you?” “No,” she replied, “I distinctly remember forgetting that.”