Looking for short series of teaching or sermon series outlines? That’s what Preachable Points will be.
How does a four-week series on the meaning, authority, and identity of Yeshua sound? It could be a real faith-builder. Here are some ideas and a few links to fill in the content of the messages.
The Baptism of Yeshua – Matthew 3:13-17 is the fullest version of the story. See also Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-23. I don’t yet have an article here on Yeshua’s baptism, but you have a number of interesting points to develop. The Baptism story could be embarrassing. Also, is Yeshua’s sonship merely like David’s (2 Samuel 7:14; Psalm 2:7) or is it more in this story? Hint: no heavenly voices and visible manifestations of the Spirit with David (though a prophetic voice affirmed David and the Spirit did rest on him). PREACHABLE: Yeshua’s kind of authority includes submission to righteousness.
The Temptation of Yeshua – Matthew 4:1-11 or Luke 4:1-13 are the fullest versions. See also Mark 1:12-13. His Sonship is the entire issue. See “Interpreting the Temptation” under the “Identity of Yeshua” category. PREACHABLE: Yeshua’s authority includes submission to the Father and patience to wait for God’s kingdom timing.
The Transfiguration of Yeshua – Luke 9:28-36 is the fullest version. See also Matthew 17:1-8 and Mark 9:2-8. Again with the heavenly voice and adding now blinding light and appearance with Moses and Elijah. PREACHABLE: Yeshua’s authority is more than we see on the surface and we have here a hint of Yeshua glorified, a sight which will be awesome to behold!
The Ascension – Only in Luke 24:50-53 (and Acts), though much talked about in John and hinted at in the final scene of Matthew. You could start in Luke 24:36 or 24:44 to add more text and content. Or you could use other passages about the ascension such as John 12:32; 14:28; 16:7; Ephesians 4:7-11; Romans 8:34, etc. PREACHABLE: Yeshua left his blessing (the Priestly Blessing of Numbers 6:24-27 most likely) and gave gifts to his followers for empowerment and usefulness in this life (not just the life to come).