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Summary: 2 of 2. Luke ensures his audience that Jesus returned to Galilee with a vigorous/robust/solid ministry. Jesus’ ministry is vigorous/robust/solid. Why is the solidity of Jesus’ ministry important?

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The HEAVIES For SUCCESSFUL MINISTRY-II—Luke 4:14-15

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Luke ensures his audience that Jesus returned to Galilee with a vigorous/robust/solid ministry.

Jesus’ ministry is vigorous/robust/solid.

Why is the vigor/robustness/solidity of Jesus’ ministry important?

Who has a vigorous/robust/solid ministry?

4 factors ensuring successful ministry.

Earlier we discovered that...

1—Successful ministry is...

JESUS Heavy(:14a)

Today we will bolster our premise by learning that...

2—Successful ministry is...

POWER Heavy(:14b)

Explanation: (:14b) Supernaturally Empowered(by God’s Spirit)

:14—“Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, & news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.”

Jesus returned to Galilee “in the power of the Spirit.” That is, the Spirit of God empowered Jesus particularly so as He had not allowed His (very personal)temptations to lead Him into sin. Jesus had thus proven Himself worthy of His anointing as Messiah & His physical baptism where He was revealed as the Son of God(3:22).

If I know that sin can be dealt a death-blow in my own personal life, then I become empowered to do the work of the One who has brought sin’s demise.

BUT this is NOT merely mind over matter(AKA ‘religion’ or ‘Oprah Winfrey faith’)! Its allowing God to determine the course of your day. NOT what we’re used to ...or what we prefer....or what we feel like doing or not doing. Its about allowing God to use us, empowered by His Spirit, so that I agree with His design for every moment as it intersects my life.

“Power”—dunamiv—N. f.—1) Strength power, ability—1a) Inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts & puts forth, 1b) Power for performing miracles, 1c) Moral power & excellence of soul, 1d) The power & influence which belong to riches & wealth, 1e) Power & resources arising from numbers, 1f) Power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts. Strong—Force(literally or figuratively); specially--Miraculous power(usually by implication--A miracle itself).

From—dunamai—V.—To be able or possible.

“Spirit”—pneuma—Strong—A current of air, i.e. Breath(blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively--A spirit, i.e. (human) The rational soul, by implication--Vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman--An angel, demon, or divine--God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit.

Argumentation:

2Cor. 12:9-10—“And He[God] said to me[Paul], “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”


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