Text: Luke 5:17-39
Introduce the context of Luke 5:17-39, where Jesus heals a paralytic man and calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him.
Explain that Jesus uses these events to teach the transformative power of faith, challenging religious norms and expectations.
Emphasize that this message is still relevant today as we face the challenges of our faith journey.
I. The Healing of the Paralytic Man (Luke 5:17-26)
A. Setting the Scene (Luke 5:17-19)
1. The gathering of Pharisees and teachers of the law
2. The faith of the paralytic man's friends
B. The Power of Faith (Luke 5:20-25)
1. Jesus forgives man's sins
2. The questioning and criticism from the religious leaders
3. Jesus demonstrates His authority to forgive sins by healing man
C. The Response of the People (Luke 5:26)
1. The amazement of the crowd
2. The glorification of God
II. The Call of Levi and the Challenge of Religious Norms (Luke 5:27-32)
A. Jesus Calls Levi (Luke 5:27-28)
1. Levi, the tax collector, a socially despised profession
2. Levi's immediate response to Jesus' call
B. The Controversy of Eating with Sinners (Luke 5:29-30)
1. Levi's banquet for Jesus
2. The Pharisees' criticism of Jesus' association with sinners
C. Jesus' Response: A New Understanding of God's Love (Luke 5:31-32)
1. The need for a physician for the sick
2. Jesus' mission to save sinners
III. The Parable of the New Wine: Embracing Transformation (Luke 5:33-39)
A. The Question about Fasting (Luke 5:33)
1. The Pharisees and John's disciples observe fasting rituals 2. Jesus' disciples do not follow the same practice
B. Jesus' Teaching on the New Wine (Luke 5:34-38) 1. The Bridegroom metaphor: Celebrating the presence of Jesus
2. The parable of the new wine and the old wineskins: The need for transformation
C. The Challenge of Embracing Change (Luke 5:39)
1. The reluctance to let go of old habits and traditions
2. The call to embrace the newness of God's work in our lives
Summarize the key points of the sermon: the power of faith, the challenge of religious norms, and the need for transformation.
Encourage listeners to embrace the new wine that Jesus offers by allowing God to transform their lives, relationships, and understanding of His love.
Offer a prayer for the congregation to open their hearts and minds to the transformative work of God in their lives.