Brent Karding
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Christ rejected and accepted
Luke 23:39-43
God commands you to turn from idols to the true God.
Acts 17:22-31
Jesus is sovereign over the natural and spiritual realm
Matthew 9:1-8
Faith leads to speaking.
2 Corinthians 4:13-15
Because God is uniquely faithful, he will remove our sins.
Micah 7:18-20
Phrasing Narrative and Teaching
Mark 11:12-25
Christ's Supremacy Described and Grounded
Colossians 1:15-17
Christ's Resurrection and Ours
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
God's Furious Punishment
Romans 1:18-25
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
Daniel 2:31-45
Just like Adam's sin led to death for all people, so Jesus' obedience led to life for all people.
Romans 5:12-21
To apply this text, think through the Concessive, the Negative, and the Ground (v. 7-9), asking where those things are true of you.
1 Kings 14:1-18
Remember the happiness of the Word-delighting, and the misery of the only other option.
Psalms 1
In every difficulty, cry to God, your trustworthy Savior.
Psalms 42:1-43:5
Jesus, the Father's Spirit-filled Son, inaugurated God's kingdom.
Mark 1:1-15
Paul describes how men and women should act in church, based on their specific roles.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Dedicate yourself to the local church for the eternal glory of Christ.
Haggai 2:20-23
The gospel call to repentance gives light to people in darkness.
Matthew 4:12-17
God has given the local church the responsibility to judge its members.
1 Corinthians 5
The eternal state will immediately follow Christ's return and our bodily resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
When Jesus next returns, he will destroy death.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
At the day of the Lord, believers will be saved and unbelievers will be destroyed.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
Our certain gospel hope of resurrection should encourage us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
This passage reveals the fact of and the reason behind God's anger.
Romans 1:18-23
The kind of faith that saves is a faith that is characterized by works.
James 2:14-26
Only those who look to Jesus for spiritual wealth, righteousness, and guidance will sit with him on his throne.
Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus promises eternal life to those who overcome; therefore, cling to the gospel and preach it to others.
Revelation 3:7-13
Those who treasure the gospel and live it out today will enjoy intimacy with Jesus now and forever.
Revelation 3:1-6
Hold tightly to holy living that flows from the gospel.
Revelation 2:18-29
God calls us to boast only in the cross, through which we participate in the New Creation.
Galatians 1:1-6:18
Jesus will destroy His enemies and give eternal life to His people; therefore, the church must not tolerate sin in its midst.
Revelation 2:12-17
It is vital to boast only in Jesus' cross.
Galatians 6:10-18
Those who are fearless in the face of death will receive life from the Victor over death.
Revelation 2:8-11
True spirituality is seen in bearing other people's burdens.
Galatians 6:1-10
You are nothing without love.
Revelation 2:1-7
Serve each other in love through the leading of the life-giving, flesh-opposing Spirit.
Galatians 5:13-26
Jesus is a king and priest who is present with His church in judgment and salvation.
Revelation 1:9-20
Only those who rest on Christ alone for justification will receive eternal righteousness.
Galatians 5:2-12
Obey this urgent revelation so you will be blessed, and rest in the sovereignty of your Saviour.
Revelation 1:1-8
God redeems Naomi - and all Israel - through the son of Boaz and Ruth.
Ruth 4:13-22
Believers must stand firm in the freedom of being God's children through faith alone in his promise.
Galatians 4:21-31
Boaz generously and sacrificially redeems Elimelech's and Mahlon's family.
Ruth 4:1-12
Paul's proven trustworthiness and godly motives should have led the Galatians to trust him, not reject him.
Galatians 4:12-20
Boaz acted with generosity again, and Ruth waited for redemption.
Ruth 3:14-18
In Christ we are God's fully adult sons and heirs.
Galatians 4:1-11
Boaz commits himself to redeem Ruth.
Ruth 3:1-13
All of God's children enjoy his covenant and promised salvation through faith in Christ.
Galatians 3:15-29
Ruth and Naomi encounter the generosity of Boaz.
Ruth 2:14-23
Gentiles are declared righteous, become the true Israel, and receive the blessing and the Spirit by faith alone.
Galatians 3:1-14
God guided Ruth to the field of a man who showed undeserved favor to her.
Ruth 2:1-13
Justification by faith, not by works, alone glorifies God's grace and accomplishes the purpose of Christ's death.
Galatians 2:11-21
Ruth committed herself to Naomi and to her God.
Ruth 1:15-22
From the beginning of church history, there has been only one true gospel.
Galatians 2:1-10
The biblical gospel is demonstrably given by Jesus.
Galatians 1:11-24
Naomi was left alone in a foreign land, suffering judgment.
Ruth 1:1-5
A bitter Naomi plans to return to her homeland, and convince her daughters-in-law not to.
Ruth 1:6-14
Reject the perverted gospel and embrace the God-accomplished and God-taught gospel.
Galatians 1:1-10
It is right for God to show mercy on whomever he desires to show mercy - and we should praise him for this!
Jonah 1:1-4:11
God is right to show mercy on whomever he chooses.
Jonah 4:1-11
God cares about Gentiles.
Jonah 3:1-10
The Lord saved Jonah because he prayed to him.
Jonah 2:1-10
Jesus' death and resurrection created Gentile worshippers.
Jonah 1:1-17
Because God is holding tightly to you, hold tightly to his Word.
2 Thessalonians 1-3
We pray for you to experience God's grace and peace.
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Paul gives two final commands in the main body of this letter: pray and stay away.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
How God's sovereignty motivates our perseverance
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
You were dead, but God made you alive in Christ; therefore, remember that God has brought you near to him and made you part of his temple.
Ephesians 2:1-10
God is holding tightly to you.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
The path to eternal happiness isn't what you think: it requires joyful endurance of trials and humble obedience to God's Word.
James 1
Choose the way of life that God delights in, a Christlike life of compassion and purity, for this is the pathway to Heaven.
James 1:26-27
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GD on Luke 2:1-21
Luke 2:1-21
A humble birth and great glory to God
Published April 9th, 2021
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Luke 2:1-20
A Humble Birth
A Decreed Journey to David's City
In those days
a decree went out
from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be registered.
This was the first registration
when Quirinius was governor
of Syria.
And all went
to be registered,
to his own town.
And Joseph also went up
from Galilee,
from the town
of Nazareth,
to Judea,
to the city
of David,
which is called Bethlehem,
because he was
of the house
and lineage
of David,
to be registered
with Mary,
his betrothed,
who was with child.
A Lowly Birth in David's City
And while they were there,
the time came
for her to give birth.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son
and wrapped him
in swaddling cloths
and laid him
in a manger,
because there was no place
for them
in the inn.
Glory to God in Heaven and on Earth
In Heaven: The Angels Glorify God
And in the same region
there were shepherds
out in the field,
keeping watch
over their flock
by night.
And an angel ... appeared
of the Lord
to them,
and the glory ... shone
of the Lord
around them,
and they were filled
with great fear.
And the angel said
to them,
“Fear not,
Content #1
for behold, I bring you good news
of great joy
that will be
for all the people.
For ... is born this day ... a Savior,
Content #2
unto you
in the city of David
who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign
Content #3
for you:
you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths
and lying
in a manger.”
And suddenly there was ... a multitude
with the angel
of the heavenly host
praising God
Explanation #1
and saying,
Explanation #2
Content #1
to God
in the highest,
and ... peace
Content #2
on earth
among those
with whom
he is pleased!”
On Earth: The Shepherds Glorify God
When the angels went away
from them
into heaven,
the shepherds said
to one another,
“Let us go
over to Bethlehem
and see this thing
that has happened,
which the Lord has made known
to us.”
And they went
with haste
and found Mary
and Joseph,
and the baby lying
in a manger.
And when they saw it,
they made known the saying
that had been told them
concerning this child.
And all ... wondered
at what the shepherds told them.
who heard it
But Mary treasured up all these things,
pondering them
in her heart.
And the shepherds returned,
Manner #1
and praising God
Manner #2
for all they had heard
and seen,
as it had been told them.
This phrase is one adjective in Greek ( ἐσπαργανωμένον ) , so I didn't divide it.
"Over to" is a translation of one Greek preposition (ἕως), so I didn't divide the phrase here.
"Gave birth to" is one verb in Greek (ἔτεκεν), so I didn't divide it.
This genitive articular infinitive (τοῦ τεκεῖν) has a result function (see GGBB 610). I think this governs the whole clause (starting with "for" in English).
This is a difficult usage! ἐπῖ here is used as a "marker of power, authority, control of or over someone or something" (BDAG, s.v. ἐπί, 9.a).
FB Live on Dec. 29, 2020: To teach children the main points of the passage, I'd try to zoom in on the main points. I'd say that verses 8-20 are emphasized, since verses 1-7 are setting the stage, and Luke himself zooms in on the one scene of the angel's announcement. Within that, the lengthy statement of the angel has the emphasis, since long speeches are emphasized in narrative literature. So you could focus especially on verses 10-12. What you focus on could differ from me, but I'd emphasize the "good news of great joy" in verse 10, and the descriptions of the Saviour in verse 11.
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