When confronted with the challenging teachings of Jesus, do you ever worry that you may not be a believer at all? Alistair Begg exhorts us to trust God, living “the Jesus way”: loving our enemies. Far too often, Christians are known for hatred and vitriol rather than for robust love. If we practice selflessness instead, we will leave an enduring impact on the culture far beyond what political power or fleeting relevance can accomplish.
27“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic2 either. 30Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31And 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. 33And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34And 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. 35But 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. 36Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
"The characteristics of Christian discipleship are, from the world’s perspective, marks of losers. That, of course, is one of the reasons that men and women around the world are so slowly drawn to any consideration of the claims of Christ. When we fasten on the claims of Christ as they are made clear in the Bible, we discover that Jesus has actually come to turn the value system of the world on its head." Alistair Begg
A manifesto is a public declaration of policy that is issued by a monarch, a head of state, or by a representative of an organization. Do we, as 21st century Christians have a manifesto? Luke 6 would suggest that we do. Join Alistair Begg for this series of studies in what is essentially a manifesto for Christian living, issued by Christ who is our monarch, the Head of the Church.
|A Christian Manifesto, Part One||Luke 6:20-27|
|A Christian Manifesto, Part Two||Luke 6:20-27|
|The Law of Love||Luke 6:27-36|
|The Golden Rule||Luke 6:31-35|
|Measure for Measure, Part One||Luke 6:36-38|
|Measure for Measure, Part Two||Luke 6:36-38|
|Pictures That Tell a Story||Luke 6:39-45|
|Obedience: Evidence of a Strong Foundation||Luke 6:46-49|