Wilderness! (Video Sermon) First Sunday of Lent, 2013

Wilderness! (Video Sermon) First Sunday of Lent, 2013

Some traditions refer to the “First Sunday of Lent” as **satan Sunday** because the lectionary gospel lessons each year contain the story of Jesus temptation by “the devil!”

So, we could talk about the nature of temptation – which is sort of like a identity crisis. The story of the temptations comes right after Jesus baptism. What determines our identity? Is it what we possess, whom we control, or our amount of fame and popularity (bread, power over the nations, or the prestigue of jumping from the temple and being carried to safety in front of the crowd). OR is it the voice of the Father that says, “You are my son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased!”?

Or we could talk about how all are tempted – even Jesus. To be tempted is not the same thing as sin.

Or we could talk about how we experience victory over the power of sin in our lives. In fact, we don’t have victory…Jesus does, and our victory is through dependence, trust, reliance on the Spirit (which is how Jesus overcame the invite to sin).

But we will not talk about that sort of stuff in today’s sermon. We are going to talk about the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness. You can watch the sermon at the website for Patterson Avenue Baptist (under the sermon section) when you click here now…

OR you can watch it from my Youtube channel, which is embedded below.


Jesus: A Theography
by: Leonard Sweet
publisher: Thomas Nelson, published: 2012-10-02
ASIN: 0849947022
EAN: 9780849947025
sales rank: 6109
price: $7.44 (new), $6.75 (used)

Jesus says, “The Scriptures point to me!” (John 5:39 NLT). But what does that mean exactly?

The twenty-seven books of the New Testament are largely a commentary on the Old Testament, and each part of the Bible is a signpost to Jesus. Once this is properly understood, everything changes, including our own identities. In this magisterial work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, more glorious, and more challenging than most of us have ever imagined.

Biographies of Jesus generally have been written by those trying to investigate the historical Jesus with little attention given to the grand narrative of Scripture. On the flip side, those interested in tracing the theology of Scripture are typically disinterested in historical Jesus studies. These two approaches have yet to converge…until now.

Jesus is written for the average reader as well as scholars. Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (authors of Jesus Manifesto) unfold the greatest story ever told in a fresh and invigorating way. So whether you are a seasoned Christian, a new believer, or someone who is intrigued by Jesus, this book unveils the discoveries of a lifetime, transforming the tired and familiar way we have read the Bible into an electrifying journey of rediscovering Christ.


Introducing a new kind of Jesus biography.


In this compelling work, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola reclaim the entire Bible as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ.

Virtually every other “Jesus biography” begins with the nativity account in Bethlehem. In this groundbreaking book, Sweet and Viola begin before time, in the Triune God, and tell the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.

Jesus: A Theography is the first book ever written to combine historical Jesus studies with biblical theology, crafting together one breathtaking saga that tells the Jesus story in both Old and New Testaments. This flagship book demonstrates clearly that every bit of Scripture is part of the same stunning drama, what the authors refer to as the theography of Jesus Christ.

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