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May 12, 2017 Posted by | Christian, Christianity, Devotional, Gospel of Luke, New Testament, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Look Back: Luke 9:51-62

Summary: Nothing would deter Jesus from going to the cross. In our text, Luke 9:51-62, we cannot help but see the contrast between Jesus’ resolute determination and that of three of his would-be followers.


  1. A.   As you begin to read our text, what do you notice in verse 51?

Luke 9:51


  1. Luke 9:51-19:28 is referred to as “The Travel Log.” This section is unique to the gospel of Luke. Why did Jesus come to the earth?


  1. As a back drop to this section, note the following: It is characterized by teaching.

There is rejection by the religious authorities. There is superficial interest by the multitudes.


  1. A.   Begin by comparing Jesus’ resolve to the three would-be followers. What do you find?

Luke 9:51, 57-62


  1. What is significant about Jesus going up to Jerusalem? Luke 9:51, 13:31-33


  1. What is Jesus’ purpose in going to Jerusalem? Luke 9:28-31


  1. Whose unwillingness keeps man from salvation? I John 4:10, 3:16, 10:11, 10:15, 16:7-8, II Peter 3:9, I Timothy 2:3-4


  1. A.   Read Luke 9:51-56. What does this tell you about James and John? What did Jesus call James and John? Mark 3:16-17


  1. What can we learn about ourselves from James and John? Where might they have got such an idea of consuming fire? Luke 9:46-49, Matthew 20:17-24, II Kings 1:9-10


  1. Why did Jesus come? Can He bring judgment? I Timothy 1:15, Hebrews 10:31, 12:28-29, John 3:16-18


  1. What is God’s heart for even those who reject Him? Acts 8:14-17


  1. A.   Read on in the text, Luke 9:57-62. What do you notice about these three would-be followers of Jesus?


  1. Look at Jesus’ response to each one: The first man volunteers. What does Jesus challenge him with? Luke 9:58, 9:23


  1. Jesus picks out the second man. What does he offer Jesus and how does Jesus respond?

Luke 9:59-60, 14:26


  1. What is the dire warning Jesus has for the third man? How does looking back come off in scripture? Luke 9:61-62, 17:32, II Timothy 4:10, Acts 13:13


  1. What about us? Do we volunteer quickly, like the first man, without counting the costs? Do we hope He does not pick us, and then offer excuses like the second man? Do we know the issue, like the third man, but still want to look back?

Luke 9:57-62

September 11, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | Leave a comment

We Beheld His Glory: Luke 9:27-36

Summary: As we see in Scripture, the inner three actually beheld His glory and they never got over it. Let’s take a closer look and see the applications of this in our own lives.


  1. To set the stage for the Transfiguration, what do you notice from verse 26? How can this help us with our sinful pride?


  1. What do you suppose the disciples were thinking after hearing verse 27?


  1. Speaking of verse 27, how does it relate to I Corinthians 15:50ff and Revelation 22:7,12?


  1. The inner 3 never got over the Transfiguration. See II Peter 1:16-20 and I John 1:4.


  1. We see from Scripture that Jesus ministered to the masses (feeding the five thousand) all the way down to the inner three. What two other significant instances do we see Jesus ministering with just the inner three disciples? See Luke 8:51-56 and Matthew 26:36-46.


  1. Luke 22:39ff is the parallel passage to Matthew 26:36ff. What pattern do we see Jesus repeating? How should that impact us?


  1. Once upon the mountain, we see Jesus transfigured before the inner 3. The Greek root of this word (metamorphoo) is only found 2 other times in the Bible: Romans 12:2 and II Corinthians 3:18. What’s the significance/impact of these two verses?


  1. What mistake does Peter make when he sees the transfigured Christ with Moses and Elijah? How do we see this type of mistake being made today?


  1. How did God respond to Peter’s ignorance? How did Peter, James and John respond to God’s sign?


  1. It’s clear from verse 35 and that Heaven is occupied with Christ. Hence, we should be too. See Galatians 6:14 and I Corinthians 1:18ff.


  1. Let’s take a closer look at some final points:
  2. Jesus’ humility will be followed by His glory. How do we experience this on a lesser degree? See II Corinthians 4:17.
  3. Heaven will be glorious. See Revelation 22:1-7.
  4. Be occupied with Him. See Colossians 3:1-4.
  5. The disciples never got over the Transfiguration. See John 20:29-31.

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming Down from a Mountain Top Experience: Luke 9:37-50

Summary: A few times in our lives we participate in a spiritual mountain top experience. However, the true test of our character is what we do after we come down from that mountain top experience.


  1. To set the stage, let’s take a quick review of The Transfiguration. How divinely ironic is it that Christ was transfigured before James, John and Peter? See Isaiah 52:14 & 53:2.


  1. Take note at what happened after the Father spoke during The Transfiguration.


  1. After this mountain top experience, Jesus is greeted by the father whose only son was demon possessed. This is a seemingly random transition in the Scripture, but is it truly so? Is anything truly random? See Ephesians 1:11.


  1. As mentioned in the summary, much of ministry is spent in the trenches and not on the mountain top. How does Jesus graciously handle this transition?


  1. In verse 41 we see Jesus lamenting the current unbelieving and perverted generation. Why might Jesus have done this?


  1. In spite of a “perverted generation”, what did the father try to elicit from Jesus? What can we learn from this example?


  1. In the parallel account in Mark 9, we see the father cry out in verse 24, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” What was probably the intent of this man? Can you relate?


  1. Right after Jesus miraculously heals this demon-possessed boy, the crowd begins to marvel (once again) at His greatness. Instead of Jesus rightfully basking in His glory, what does He say?


  1. Speaking of verse 44, does Jesus ever lose focus of His main task? See also verses 22 and 51.


  1. On the heels of seeing Jesus predict His servant suffering, some of the disciples begin to argue about who is the greatest. How does Jesus correct their thinking in verses 47-48?


  1. Speaking of pride, how could the lack of understanding in Luke 9:45 be caused by the actions of verse 46?


  1. How did Jesus know some of the disciples were arguing about their “heavenly position”? What does this tell you about the power of Christ?


  1. The sin of pride is laced throughout the Bible. How can we overcome this sin? See John 5:39-47, Philippians 1:15-18, James 4:6 and I Peter 5:5.


  1. In a sin scarred world, it can be difficult to tell our allies from our adversaries. How does Jesus help explain this in verse 50? How does this relate to the seeming paradox in found in Luke 11:23?


  1. Finally, Pastor Scott mentioned the young mother on the side of the road. According to the latest statistics, it’s highly probable that she’s unwed and a single mother. How can we have compassion for her? How could we possibly help her? How does this passage help us do that?

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, New Testament, Religon | Leave a comment

Following Jesus: Luke 9:23-26

Summary: Losers are winners? Following Jesus determines who the winners and the losers are. Do not let “following Jesus” become a cliché. What does it really mean to be a Christ follower? What does it look like to be a Christ follower?


  1. A.   Jesus said repeatedly, “Follow Me.” What does our passage say about that? Luke 9:23-26


  1. What clear three-part statement is made in verse 23? Luke 9:23


  1. A.   What is the context of our text? Luke 9:18-22


  1. Last week we were challenged to ask three people, before Easter, the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Share your experiences.


  1. What happens as soon as the person of Christ is really understood? Luke 9:20-22


  1. A.   After His person and His work are understood, what then? Luke 9:23


  1. “Deny” yourself. How strong a term is this? John 13:38, Acts 3:14, 7:35, Hebrews 11:24


  1. A.   What does it mean to “take up his (our) cross daily?” Luke 9:23, I Corinthians 15:31, Acts 20:24


  1. We might say something like, “We’ve all got our crosses to bear,” referring to the common troubles of life that everyone has, including unbelievers. But for Whose sake are we called to lose our lives? Luke 9:24, Mark 8:35


  1. A.   Deny self, take up your cross, and __________ _____. Luke 9:23, 5:11, 18:43, John 1:43, 21:19-22, Mark 1:17


  1. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Luke 9:24, 14:26-27, 17:32-33, Matthew 10:37-39, John 12:24-26


  1. What is He really saying in Luke 9:24? What are we really called to lose and what do we gain when we lose it? Luke 9:24-25, John 1:4, 10:10


  1. A.   Suppose you had what most people are living for, money, fame, popularity, and achievement. Suppose this really brought happiness and fulfillment. What would the “shelf life” of all this be? Luke 9:25, 12:16-21


  1. Are you selling your very soul for that which does not last? Luke 9:26, John 12:42-43


  1. Which would you prefer: a lifetime of being shamed in this life or having “the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory?” Luke 9:26


  1. What did Jesus have to do for the salvation of your soul? When will all this become perfectly clear? Luke 9:26, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Acts 17:30-31, Hebrews 2:11, 11:16

September 7, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ultimate Question: Luke 9:18-22

Summary: Life is full of many important questions, but there is only one ultimate question. Who is Jesus Christ?


  1. In Luke 9:18 we see Jesus praying alone. In fact, we never see Him praying with a group, even the disciples. Why?


  1. In verse 18, Jesus also asks who the multitude thinks that He is. How do they answer?


  1. What does the multitude’s response tell you about always following the crowd?


  1. In verse 20, we see Jesus ask the same question of His disciples. “But who do you say that I am?” How do they answer?


  1. What does Scripture say about Christ? See Luke 3:22, Luke 4:34, Luke 8:25 and Luke 8:28.


  1. If we take an honest look at Jesus’ claims, it only leaves us with 4 logical choices. He is either a liar, lunatic, legend or Lord. We have seen that Scripture clearly illustrates Jesus as Lord. How can we rule out liar, lunatic or legend?


  1. Some people will say that Jesus was only a prophet. How is this argument refuted? See Luke 4:17-21 and John 14:6.


  1. In Luke 9:21-22, Jesus warned His disciples NOT to instruct others of His deity until the proper time. Why?


  1. We can learn a lot from what Scripture says about Christ. Now what should we do about it? See John 8:24.


  1. How can you apply Christ’s deity to your life:

What question should we ask from verse 20? What should we do immediately after we ask that question? Don’t divorce His person from His work. Christ is God, but He is NOT aloof. How does this tie into the theme verse of Luke (see 19:10)? Who is He? How does He care for us? See John 16:7 and Romans 8:28.

September 5, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus’ First Commissioning of the Twelve: Luke 9:1-9

Summary: All throughout the Bible God sent men to preach His word. He sent them out then and sends us out today for the same purpose: to point to the Sent-One, Jesus Christ.


  1. A.   Read Mark 9:1-9 and then go back and read verse 1 and 2 again. What do you see happening in these first two verses?


  1. Discuss what you, as a follower of Christ, have been called to.


  1. The gospels and the book of Acts speak to our commissioning. In whose power do we go out? Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-49, Acts 1:7-8


  1. A.   What does Jesus do in Luke 9:2?


  1. What does Luke 9:2 reveal about what God is like? Psalm 105:17, Exodus 3:9-10, John 1:6


  1. What was Jesus’ attitude toward being sent? What about you? John 4:34, Luke 22:42


  1. A.   What did Jesus give the twelve as He sent them out? Luke 9:1


  1. What have we seen Jesus have all through the book of Luke? Luke 4:32-41, 5:4, 6, 12-13, 15


  1. Why and by what authority did Jesus come down from heaven? Matthew 28:18, Mark 10:45, John 10:17-18, 19:10-11, I John 4:10
  2. A.   What were the twelve sent out to do? Luke 9:2-6


  1. What happened when “the word of God came to John?” What did Jesus do as He began His ministry? Luke 3:3, 4:14-15


  1. What can be said about the proclamation of the Gospel? Luke 4:43, I Corinthians 1:21-24


  1. What can be said about God’s character, Jesus’ character, as He sends them out to heal? Luke 7:13-14


  1. What are they told in Luke 9:3 and what does Jesus say about it later? Luke 22:35-36


  1. A.   As we go out to preach the gospel, what do we need to be ready for? Luke 9:4-5


  1. What does scripture say about those that are sent? Luke 10:7, I Timothy 5:18


  1. How serious is rejection of the gospel? Luke 9:5, 10:10-12


  1. A.   Of what is Herod the tetrarch a prominent example? Luke 9:7-9, Mark 6:14-16


  1. How does Jesus react to Herod? Luke 13:31-32, 23:7-12


  1. What does this account tell you about Herod and other Christ rejecters? Luke 23:12


We are sent, just like these ordinary men. God sent His Son to die for us and He sent His Spirit to live in us. We have the Holy Spirit. We need to be mindful that our power and authority come from Him. We need to go in His power and authority, just like the twelve needed to. He granted the Gospel to us, with power and authority. We can say with His authority, that if you respond to Jesus Christ, if you repent and believe in the Lord Jesus, your sins are forgiven. With the same authority, if you reject the Gospel, you are still in your sins. This is the Gospel we proclaim. Lastly, note that Herod asked the right question: “Who is this man?” John 20:21-23, Luke 9:9, 18-20

September 1, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus the Healer: Luke 8:40-56

Summary: Whether we are well off like Jairus, or poor like the hemorrhaging woman, we need Christ to heal us. Let’s take a closer look at how Christ can heal the “mighty” and the “weak.”


1.  For a quick review, look back at Luke 8:37. Are people generally welcoming of Jesus for His good works?


2.  Can we expect similar treatment for following Christ? How should we handle this? See Matthew 5:13-16.


3.  What happens when a “mighty” one (Jairus–a synagogue official) runs into a serious problem? What can we learn from Jairus’ example?


4.  However, before Jesus can fully address Jairus, He’s interrupted by someone of lowly circumstances, the hemorrhaging woman who is unclean and literally broke (see also Mark 5:25+). Does Jesus ignore her?


5.  How did the hemorrhaging woman acknowledge Jesus? Where else have we seen this type of approach? Hint: you don’t need to look far.


6.  Why does Jesus ask, “Who is the one who touched Me?” What resulted from this question? Did it bring public glory to God?


7.  Speaking of God’s glory, is there something that the Lord has done for you that should be publically acknowledged? How does this relate to Luke 9:26?


8.  After Jesus heals this woman, He says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” First, is it the amount of her faith or the object of her faith that healed her?  Second, how did she have real peace? See also Romans 3:17 and 5:1.


9.  Now turning back to Jairus, did even death stop Jesus? Think about the profoundness of this. See also the parallels in John 11.


10. Note the humility of Jesus in verse 53. Should we also be willing to accept similar taunting? See II Timothy 3:12.


11. What comfort can Christ and His word bring when we’re persecuted? See Hebrews 4:15-16.


12. Note how often Jesus brings peace to a situation (e.g.: Luke 7:50, 8:48, etc.).  How does this relate to Matthew 11:29?

May 21, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus, Son of the Most High God: Luke 8:26-39

Summary: Who is this man, who not only has power over the wind and waves, but also the demonic realm? It is Jesus, Son of the Most High God.


1.   A.   What power did Jesus demonstrate in last week’s lesson? Luke 8:22-25


B.   What power does Jesus demonstrate in this week’s lesson? Luke 8:26-39


C. Do you see who Jesus really is in these two passages? Luke 8:22-39


Remember the question the disciples had last week? Did you take note of who has an answer in this week’s passage? Luke 8:25, 28, Genesis 14:18, Psalm 9:1-2, Hebrews 5:5-6


2.   A.   Notice how this is a “bang, bang” play. They just get through one storm and what happens? Luke 8:26-27, Mark 5:1-2


B.   What is it like to be under the dominion of Satan? Luke 8:27, Mark 5:3-5


C.  What is all around us in our culture? What is the source of evil? Revelation 9:11 (Apolluon: a destroyer)


3.   A.   Who is behind all false religion? I Corinthians 10:19-20


B.   What happens when you are devoted to a false religion? I Kings 18:26-28


C.  What did Satan lie about at the very beginning? Genesis 3:4


4.   A.   What do all demons know? Luke 8:28, Matthew 8:28-29, Mark 1:23-24, Luke 4:33-34


B.   Who has power over the demonic realm? Luke 8:29-32, I John 4:4


C.  Stop and just enjoy this picture of deliverance! What was the man who was possessed doing? Luke 8:33-35


5.   A.   How did the people of Gerasenes react to this deliverance? Luke 8:35b-37


B.   What was the man’s request and what was Jesus’ response? What did the man do? Luke 8:38-39


C.  In light of Jesus’ directive to the man, what can you do or what should you do, when you talk to others?

May 19, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crossing Over: Luke 8:22-25

Summary: No matter what your situation, no matter what your distress, if you cry out to the Lord, He will hear you.


1.   A.   Back in September, Rod Powell taught from Psalm 107 and titled the message “God’s Great Rescue Mission.” Scott was so struck by it that he continued to teach from Psalm 107 following Rod. Why did they title their messages in this way? Psalm 107:1-6, 12-13, 18-19, 26-31


B.   What is the message of the scripture? I Peter 5:6-7, Hebrews 7:25


2.   A.   Read Luke 8:22-25 remembering the context. What has Jesus been teaching about?

Luke 8:11, 15, 21


B.   This account is in all three synoptic gospels, Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and our text, Luke 8:22-25. (You may do well to read the other two accounts.) What does Jesus say in the Luke account and what do the disciples do? Luke 8:22


C.  Continue reading, Luke 8:23. What did Jesus do? What does the weather do? Into what did the Lord lead them?


3.   A.   Does God allow storms into your life, even when you obey Him? Is life full of storms? What are we called to? Luke 8:22-23, 6:46-49, 9:23


B.   How did the disciples react to this “fierce gale of wind?” Mark 4:38, Luke 8:24


C. What truth were the disciples missing? I Peter 5:6-7, John 10:7-15


4.   A.   What did Jesus say at the beginning of this account? Luke 8:22


B.   Stop for a moment and bask in the assurance of God’s word! Luke 21:33, Philippians 1:6, II Timothy 4:18, John 3:16, 10:27-28, I Corinthians 15:55, Isaiah 41:10


C.  Look at what Jesus does in verse 24 and ask the same question the disciples asked, “Who is this then?” Luke 8:24, Mark 4:39, Isaiah 40:12, Psalm 107:25, 29, Job 37:2, 6, 11-13


5.   A.   What do the winds and the waves do when faced with the word of the Lord? Luke 8:25


B.   “Who then is this?”

  1. He is the one who cares. He died for you. I Peter 5:6-7, John 15:13, I John 4:10, Romans 8:32
  2. He is the sovereign of the universe.
  3. He is able. Luke 1:13, 31, 35-37
  4. He is the one who means what He says. Luke 8:22, John 3:16, Romans 8:28, 32

May 15, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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