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The Purpose of the Movement

The Purpose of the Movement

Apr 14, 2019

Passage:Luke 19:28-40

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: The Movement: A Journey with Theophilus



Pastor John Welborn

The Movement:

A Journey with TheophilusThe Purpose of the Movement
Luke 19:28-40

Main Idea: The Church is a Movement that Exists to Worship God

New Series: “The Movement: A Journey with Theophilus.” Over the next nine messages, we’ll journey through key passages from the books of Luke & Acts, both written by the same author to the same person, a Roman official named Theophilus.

“Next to Paul, Luke is the most powerful writing force in the New Testament... His historical narrative spans over 60 years...No other writer wrote so comprehensive a history of Jesus & His impact. No other writer goes all the way from John the Baptist to the gospel having reached the capitol of the Roman Empire. He is the most complete story-teller of the saga of salvation in the New Testament.” Dr. John MacArthur

“Luke was an evangelist, a historian, a physician, a pastor, a missionary, a companion, a brother, & a theologian. His goal & purpose in writing a gospel was to write exact truth concerning Jesus Christ & the plan of salvation, an infallible history & theology inspired by the Spirit.” Liz Kanoy

“And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage & Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it & bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’’ So those who were sent went away & found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ And they said, ‘The Lord has need of it.’ And they brought it to Jesus, & throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near – already on the way down the Mount of Olives – the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice & praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven & glory in the highest!’ And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” Luke 19:28-40

I. Worshipping God Necessitates Preparation

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous & having salvation is he, humble & mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, & the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.” John Piper

“What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Westminster Shorter Catechism

II. Worshipping God Requires Participation

“...the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice & praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.” Luke 19:37b

“And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” Luke 19:39-40

Church – A called out assembly (ekklesia) described in two ways:

1) Universal Church: those both alive & throughout history who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

2) Local Church: individual assemblies that fellowship & minister together.

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, & the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

Worship – Worship begins with knowing God, valuing God, enjoying God & being satisfied with God above all earthly things. It automatically spills over into demonstrable acts of praise from the lips & acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy & acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good & to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:15-16

“And he took bread, & when he had given thanks, he broke it & gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.’” Luke 22:19-20

Movements that Changed the World: The abolition of the Slave Trade, Woman’s Suffrage & the Civil Rights protests were all movements that changed the world! However, through his death & resurrection, Jesus started a movement that has changed, not only the world, but also all eternity for billions who have decided to follow him. And this movement has one purpose...The Church is a Movement that Exists to Worship God!

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

• Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
• New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994)
• New American Commentary Series: Luke – Robert H. Stein (1992)
• Daily Study Bible Series: Luke – William Barclay (1975)
• Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
• MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Luke 18-24 – John MacArthur (2014)• 5 Things to Know about Luke from the Bible – Liz Kanoy (2015)
• Let The Nations Be Glad – John Piper (1993)