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October 2, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, 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

Who is Really Related to Jesus Christ? Luke 8:16-21

Summary: Is your actual spiritual condition different from what you profess? “Do not be amazed that I say to you, ‘You must be born again.’”

1.   A.   Who is really related to Jesus Christ? Said another way, who is related to God? Who can say to God, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)? John 3:3, 12:25, Revelation 21:6

B.   What must you be to be related to Him? Romans 8:15, Galatians 3:26

C.  What is it to be related to Him? Are you? Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 8:21

2.   A.   Read the context for this passage, Luke 8:16-21. What is Jesus’ topic? Luke 8:4-15

B.   This moment, as you hear the word of God, is a solemn event. You have heard and are hearing the very word of God. Read on in this passage. Has the topic changed? Luke 8:16-21

C.  Ask the question again: who is really related to Jesus Christ? Luke 8:21

3.   A.   Is this an isolated passage and exhortation? Luke 6:46-49, 11:27-28

B.   This is an announcement, the Gospel. He did it, we believe it. Really believing the Gospel will cause us to act on it. Romans 6:23, John 19:30, I Timothy 2:5-6, Romans 8:1-2

C.   What will happen when you hear, really hear, the word of God? What must you be to be related to Him? I Peter 1:3, 22-23, John 3:3

4.   A.   What does light do to a room? Can people see the difference Christ has made in your life? Luke 8:16, John 13:35, Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:4-8

B.   We might have to look for the fruit in a life, but what about God? Luke 8:17, 12:2, Matthew 10:26, Mark 4:22, Romans 2:16

C.  Therefore, what should we do? Luke 8:18, Matthew 7:21, Hebrews 4:2, John 15:4, 17:6

5. What is really happening with those who hear but do not do and with those who hear and do? James 1:22 (19-25)

May 13, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, liberal, Life, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Parable of the Sower, Part 2: Luke 8:1-15

Summary: Taking a second look at “The Parable of the Sower” reminds us how important it is to “hear” the word of God. This time we also take a look at the fact that someone obviously needs to evangelize/speak the word of God in order for it to be heard.


1. Sometimes we encounter new converts (e.g.: crying Mike) where we’re not sure if they truly took the word to heart or if they’re still possibly “rocky ground”. How can John 10:27 help us realize what the next step may be (either more evangelism or helping them grow)?


2. As mentioned in the summary, in order for there to be a hearer, there must be a speaker. This pattern continues from Luke to Acts. What do we find in Acts 8:4-6, 25 and 35?


3. Speaking of Acts 8:35, what are some remarkable things about that situation?


4. As we see from the beginning of Luke 8, Jesus’ ministry touched men AND women. What is some of the fruit from that we see in these first 3 verses?


5. Although prominent in portions of Luke, where else do we see women serving in the Scriptures? John 19:25-27 , Matthew 28:1-8, Acts 16:14


6. As way of a reminder, what is a parable? They tend to either reveal or conceal issues of the __________?


7. Acts 17:22-34 is almost like the “Parable of the Sower” played out in real life. The only missing component is the rocky soil. How do we see the thorny soil, trampled path and the good soil played out in real life here?


8. Luke 8 is a reminder of which 3 enemies that we face? It’s also a reminder of what powerful weapon that we have to conquer these three?


9. Review verse 15 of this parable. What are some principles of the good soil? How have you seen this at work in your own life?


10. A truth packed parable like this one will have important implications in our lives. First, should we be discouraged if our proclaiming of the word doesn’t bear much, or even any, fruit? Isaiah 6:9, Ezekiel 3:7


11. In a similar vein, is the emphasis in The Great Commission on faithfulness or success? Why can this be so difficult to abide by in our western culture?


12. When we finally hear what Christ has done for us, what’s the outcome? Matthew 7:17-20


13. What is the problem of those who have heard, but not really heard? Hebrews 4:2


14. Finally, whose responsibility is it to proclaim/evangelize the good news? Colossians 2:6

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

The Parable of the Sower, Part 1: Luke 8:1-15

Summary: “The Parable of the Sower” is probably the most important of all the parables. Let’s take a closer look as we “hear” why Jesus’ words in this passage are so crucial to eternal life.


1. Why do many agree that the “The Parable of the Sower” is the most important parable in Scripture? Note its frequency and discourse.


2. What are the 4 types of soil? What is similar between them all? What is different?


3. Luke 8:8 contains the key verse, even word for this parable. What is it? Do we often need improvement in this skill?


4. Agricultural references are not unique to this parable. What are some other related agricultural analogies in Scripture? II Corinthians 9:10 , II Timothy 2:6


5. What is the “seed” in this parable? Luke 8:11


6. Seeds seem so small and weak, but what does God say about His seed/word? Luke 13:18-19, James 1:21 , I Peter 1:22-25


7. Review verses 12-15 . What 3 enemies do we face?


8. Luke’s recording of the seed/word going out really expands when he pens the book of Acts. Acts 4:19-22, 6:4, 12:24, 8:1-4


9. Speaking of Acts, can God even use persecution to spread His word? Are there other examples of this type of action that you’ve read about or even experienced?


10. Truly hearing is so critical to taking the word of God into our hearts. See Luke 8:18 for a parallel warning regarding hearing.


11. The word of God, but especially parables, can either reveal or conceal the truth. They’re really a reflection of our own heart condition. Are there any obstacles that you need to

remove from your heart? Are there any spiritual primers that help open your heart to the word of God?


12. What “soil type” do some of your friends or family fall into? How could you use this parable to help you minister to them?

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

Jesus Dining with Sinners: Luke 7:36-50

Summary: This passage reveals Jesus’ heart to forgive and save every sinner who comes to him through faith.


1. What has happened prior to this passage that would give insight into the Pharisees attitude toward Jesus? Luke 7: 29-30; 33-34


2. What do you learn about the characters in this passage and their response to Jesus? Luke 7:36-50


a. What do you learn about the Pharisees?


b. What do you learn about the woman?


c. What do you learn about Jesus?


d. What surprises are there?


3. What does the woman learn about Jesus?


4. What does the Pharisee learn about forgiveness?


5. How could you sum up the meaning of this passage in your own words?


6. How does this passage challenge or confirm your understanding?


a. Is there some attitude you need to change?


b. What does this passage teach you about being a disciple of Jesus?

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

Wisdom Vindicated: Luke 7:28-35

Summary: As Christians, we will encounter hardships because of our faith. However, we have One who will not forsake us. He will vindicate us one day for all eternity.


1. For a recap, even the greatest of the prophets (John the Baptist) is prone to doubt. Who are some other mighty saints that were prone to doubt? See 1 Kings 18 & 19 for an example. Note how far he fell after a mighty victory.


2. Speaking of Elijah, what comfort can we take from James 5:17?


3. Speaking of comfort, see verse 28 . What major advantage do we have over John the Baptist and any other Old Testament saints? See John 16:7 and Ephesians 1:13-15


4. Why was John the Baptist in jail to begin with? See Luke 3:19-20 . What implications might this have in our own lives? See also II Timothy 3:12


5. Can bold proclamation have lasting effect…even upon the unsaved? See Matthew 14:12


6. As we’ve seen with John the Baptist, God can allow persecution to strengthen our faith. Who are some notable saints that we can learn from? See Daniel 3, Acts 4:19-21, Acts 5:38-42 and 2 Timothy 4:9-18


7. Even if we’re to perish for the Lord, what’s the only fear that we should have? See Luke 12:4-5


8. John the Baptist provides us with insight on how we can minister to others. What was a key, perhaps the key, to his ministry? See John 3:30 . How does this tie into the book “Embrace Obscurity”?


9. What is so telling about the 2 responses to the message in verses 29 & 30?


10. Speaking of that generation, what was the problem they faced/created in verses 31-32 ? What’s the significance of this and do we see this happening today too?


11. What was the complaint against John the Baptist in verse 33? Meanwhile, what was the complaint against Jesus in verse 34? How are these complaints similar though they appear opposite?


12. Two final thoughts. One, we’re called to proclaim the truth regardless of the cost. This can be a daunting task. How can we proceed on? See II Corinthians 5:6-9, Hebrews 4:14-16 and Hebrews 13:5


13. Point two, are you willing to embrace obscurity in order to advance the Kingdom of God? See Luke 7:35 , II Timothy 4:7-8 and Hebrews 6:10

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

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