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Preaching and teaching from Highlands Baptist Church, CO

Highlands Baptist Church Sermons (Centennial, CO‪)‬ Highlands Baptist Church, CO

    • Religion & Spirituality

Preaching and teaching from Highlands Baptist Church, CO

    Jesus Cleanses And Forgives

    Jesus Cleanses And Forgives

    • 43 min
    Paul's Prison Prayer for the Philippians

    Paul's Prison Prayer for the Philippians

    • 35 min
    Fishers of People

    Fishers of People

    In Luke 5:1-11, Jesus turns an amazing catch of fish (the miracle) into a parable about catching people for the kingdom (the universal lesson that applies to everyone). In other words, Jesus was not merely teaching the word of God as he sat in Peter's boat (5:1,3), he was demonstrating something by his actions and with his words. He showed how he means for his followers to catch people for the kingdom of God. This is what fishing for people entails:

    1. Teach the word of God (Luke 5:1, 3)2. Obey Jesus (Luke 5:4-5; Matthew 28:19-20)3. Humble yourself (Luke 5:5, 8)4. Leave the Results to God (Luke 5:6-7)

    Here we see two pairs of brothers, four sunburnt fisherman with calloused hands longing for true spirituality who were washing their nets after a long night of failure. They weren’t there for the sermon on the beach, but Jesus caught them to be fishers of people.

    • 32 min
    Jesus Reveals His Authority

    Jesus Reveals His Authority

    Who is Jesus? That is what Luke is answering for us, and that is the most important question you will ever grapple with. In Luke 4:31-44, Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God who has authority in three domains:


    Teaching (vv. 31-32, 42-44)
    Demons (vv. 33-37, 40)
    Sickness (vv. 38-39, 41)

    Jesus has authority in every single realm both seen and unseen, physical and spiritual. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

    • 28 min
    Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth

    Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth

    In his first sermon (Luke 4:14-30) at the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus claimed to be the Servant of Yahweh described in Isaiah 61:1-2. Initially, the people spoke well of him. However, when Jesus illustrated his ministry and who the Messiah came to deliver, the people were murderously furious. Why? Jesus referenced two Gentiles (the widow of Zarephath and Naaman). Jesus made it clear that the kingdom of God has no ethnic, gender, political, or economical boundaries. In the end, there is only one boundary/distinction that matters: those who accept Jesus and those who reject Him. Jesus’ teaching revealed that he came for those who are spiritually poor, like the widow of Zarephath and Naaman. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:3-4).

    God's Son Resists God's Adversary

    God's Son Resists God's Adversary

    The wilderness scene in Luke 4 teaches us something about the identity of Jesus, the identity of our enemy, and the identity of our struggle.



    The Identity of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God. This was pronounced at Jesus’ baptism, and seen in how the devil attacked Jesus in the wilderness. Twice the devil says, “If you are the Son of God” (Luke 4:3, 9). The Son stands in our place to defeat the devil and the temptation that so often defeats us. He did not necessarily do this to be an example — as if merely quoting the Bible always defeats temptation. Instead, we find in this story a source of endless hope. When we fail, we are assured Jesus has defeated the devil. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
    The Identity of Our Enemy. The devil is a transcendent evil intelligence. Satan may not replicate the same exact temptations with us — especially since we are not the unique Son of God. But, he does use the same tactics to exploit our inclination to act independently from God. It’s about faithfulness. Jesus’ responses are insightful (Luke 4:4,8, 12).
    The Identity of Our Struggle. We so often misdiagnose our real problems and struggles. The baptism (“you are my Son”) and the temptation (“if you are the Son of God”) are never separated in this life. As children of God, our ultimate enemy is not physical. Our struggle is primarily spiritual. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus responded to each of the three temptations with scripture which teaches us that loyalty to God involves loyalty to God’s Word.

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