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The One-Year daily Bible reading plan takes us into the Gospel of Luke starting on Saturday, March 13. 

Study Notes and Personal Bible Study Activities

for the Gospel of Luke

 

Luke 1-4

Enjoy the fascinating and beautiful story as God unfolds His eternal salvation plan through the pen of Luke.

The wondrous birth of John the Baptist, the way-preparer for Christ, and his father’s glorious song of praise celebrate the faithfulness of the Lord toward His people and His power for His people.

The Christmas Story is also a reminder that Mary’s Child would one day die in order that He might be the Savior the angels sang about. Listen to the song “Mary Did You Know/Breath of Heaven” as you ponder the birth of your Savior.

In His state of humiliation, Jesus went through all that we do as we grow and mature. He is a true human and was tried in every way as we are, but was without sin.

John the Baptist appears preparing the road for Jesus – a road of repentance.  Pray that the Lord uses you also to prepare straight paths to Jesus.

Jesus uses the Word, that we also have, to counter Satan's temptations. He also announces who He is to a hometown audience. Let’s be sure we don’t let our familiarity with Him lead us to make the same mistake they did.

Jesus continues His ministry and enlists common men to join Him in carrying out His work. He still uses ordinary people to do the same.

 

Luke 5-7

We are to praise God in a way that furthers His Kingdom, and not hinder its spread. Faith is seen by our actions. Take some time to think about what your actions convey.

(Luke 5-6) Is tradition all good or all bad? What makes tradition bad in this reading? (Hint: What did love for tradition replace?)

Jesus prayed all night. When’s the last time you prayed all night? What is the benefit from praying all night?

The disciples are named and a brief form of the Sermon on the Mount is given. What lessons do we see in it for us?

Be careful not to correct another before your own life is corrected. Be wise builders – build on the foundation of the Word. If you are to be praised, let others do it, but realize your own unworthiness.

Jesus uses John’s question to springboard into a lesson on who John is, and who is the greatest in the Kingdom.

Do we look down on ‘sinners’ and think ourselves better than they? Simon didn’t get the point about who Jesus is, a “sinful” woman did. By God’s grace, so may we.

 

Luke 8-10

When the seed of God’s Word is scattered throughout this world, there will be many different reactions. After hearing the Word, are you a light that is seen by all? Does your behavior say that you are related to Jesus? When you are not doing so well, visit the Doctor who treats your soul’s disease.

Jesus calms a storm for His fearful disciples. Then He is in another storm – a storm of fear that arose from His driving out demons. Jesus could not stay with the people due to their fearful unbelief. When He returns later, the fruits of the man faithfully declaring “how much God has done for me” are seen.

Note Jesus’ kindness and tenderness as He deals with Jairus’ daughter and an unclean woman.

(Luke 9:1-9) Jesus also sends us out to proclaim the kingdom of God.

While some were puzzled by Jesus, many simply desired to hear Him for the message He proclaimed. No wonder! He is the Christ of God who came to save us.

What do the disciples argue about? What “huge” issues do we argue about?

 

Luke 10-13

We are to respect those who speak God’s Word to us, because they are speaking for God. 

 What kinds of things do we allow to get in our way of hearing and worshiping God? Have I ‘chosen the good portion?

Some thought Jesus was casting out demons by Satan. Thus they ignored the blatantly obvious – the ‘strong man (Satan) can only be cast out by God; and as that is true – Jesus, who cast out the demon, has to be God. Others were looking for Jesus to give them a sign on which to rest their faith. While seemingly spiritually prudent, this is just as foolish as what the first group did and actually demonstrates a lack of faith as faith hopes for what is not seen (Hebrews11:1). Blessedness is found in doing neither of these things, but in following Jesus words in verse Luke 11:28.

Ask God to show you if and where you are like the Pharissees and then to remake you as He desires.  Rest easy in the promise of Luke 12:7.

Where do you spend more time – in your financials or in the Word? Jesus promises that when we take care of our souls the needs of the body will not be lacking.

Are the words of Luke 12: 35-59 a call to action for you? For us?

Do you tend to be impatient with your troubles? Consider Luke 13:11-12.

 

Luke 14-18

Many of the verses in Luke 14:7-35 talk about what God’s Word calls “the feast of salvation.” Are you appreciating it? Enjoying it? Sharing it? Ask God to guide you in each area.

Luke 15 is the “lost and found” chapter. Note the circumstances and attitudes that prompted these words of Jesus. May we find ourselves with the humble penitent and with the rejoicing angels.

 

 

 Luke 19-22

The hardening of the hearts among the chief priests and scribes is almost complete as we read the painful verses in Luke 20.

In a refreshing break from the usual, we find some of the scribes impressed by Jesus' words. Did they believe? Not yet perhaps but later?

Luke 21 relates the story of perhaps the most generous offering ever given to the Lord. What made this offering possible? What are we to learn from the poor woman’s unselfish act?

Enlightened by God’s Word, His people need to be alert and responsive to the “signs of the times.” Judas will betray but not without Jesus’ knowledge. Jesus is clearly in control as He carries out the Father’s will.

 

Luke 22-24

Jesus serves a priceless supper to His disciples then and now. He who serves us teaches us that those who follow such a servant will likewise find their lives in serving others. His forgiving grace is the inspiration and the strength for such service.  Make a list of specific ways you are already serving others. How could your list be improved?

There is only one way of salvation. God’s eternal plan must be done; the cross carried for us all! Jesus seeks that will. The plan goes forward and the Father lovingly hears His Son by supplying Him with renewed strength for the final stages of the plan. 

Bold, self-reliant Peter is a bust! Relying upon His God, Jesus succeeds in the face of astounding evil. The innocent majesty of Jesus shines brightly through the dark evil that confronts Him. What a Savior!

Consider what it would mean if Jesus had not risen from the dead. With Peter, let’s go to the tomb and marvel at what happened and what it means for us.  Listen to the song “See, What a Morning.”

Two disciples are taking a walk to Emmaus, talking about Jesus’ death and the latest twist to His death. Why is their conversation so wondrous when we consider and compare it to our conversations with other believers? Note that Jesus entered into the heart and substance of that conversation, not just to talk, but on the basis of Scripture, to edify (instruct, improve). Why is Scripture so important?

In the room where the disciples gathered in Jerusalem that first Easter evening, there were confusion, mixed messages, emotions wound tight. Now two disciples returned from Emmaus saying, “It is true, He’s risen!” Imagine the scene in your own mind. Imagine yourself in that scene! There is no real wonder why they were frightened when they saw Jesus. But there He is saying, in essence, “Here I am.” But more than that, He spoke of peace. What peace did he offer them and you and me?

“He ascended into heaven.” To some this means that Jesus is no longer with us as the God/man, but only as God. But the God/man said, “I am with you always.” From the moment of His conception, Jesus will never cease to be both God and man wherever He is. He is in heaven, but He is also with us. What comfort is this to us? What comfort is His ascension to us?

 

The song “In Christ Alone” encapsulates our Salvation story. Listen and thank God for His great love.