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May 18, 2014 - The Doctrine That Makes a Difference - Luke 24:36-49

posted May 19, 2014, 7:22 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:58 AM ]
  • The Synopsis of the Four Gospels shows their similarities in content, order and presentation. Such similarities are inevitable. After all, they are all recounting the events in the life of the same person, Jesus Christ.
  • The Gospels are eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life, and as such, each offers its own individual perspective.
  • Why would Luke and John record the same post resurrection appearance of Jesus? Because the resurrection is so critical to our faith!
  1. The resurrection made a difference in the disciples’ outlook.
    • The resurrection of Jesus replaced their disappointment with hope and their doubts with conviction.
  2. The resurrection made a difference in the disciples’ understanding.
    • What a difference it makes when our minds are open ~ when we aren't seeking to prop up some preconceived notions but we are open to understanding the whole truth.
    • Men and women who have closed minds are seeking to comprehend the universe that God created without even acknowledging that God is alive and well and working in their midst.
    • Understanding exists on many different levels but it is never entirely complete until we have a relationship with the One who puts all of life into its proper perspective.
  3. The resurrection made a difference in the disciples’ behavior.
    • What was grasped by their minds was made a part of their actions...as it almost always is. After all, what we believe determines what we do.
    • The difference in their behavior was that this frightened group of believers became “witnesses” to the entire world.
    • The change in their behavior wasn’t of themselves. The power to make it happen was from “on high”.

Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 24:36-49