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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’ 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

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

Inerrancy: A Place to Live

Frame, John M. “Inerrancy: A Place to Live.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57, no. 1 (2014): 29-39.


In the article “Inerrancy: A Place to Live” is centered on the belief that inerrancy is a Biblical doctrine that a Christian stands on and is a way of life. The Bible is the very words of God. Once you doubt the truthfulness of those words then you doubt the saving power of the gospel.

Brief Summary

Frame simply defines inerrancy as “simply propositional truth. To say that a sentence is inerrant is simply to say that it is true, as opposed to false.”[1] The doctrine of inerrancy in some cases has become such a distraction that one forgets about the great stories of the Bible that point to how great God is and what God has done. The modern liberal and secularist approaches the Bible with difficulty because of its supernaturalistic worldview. “And for that matter, if someone asks how a book written by human beings can be inerrant, the answer is the same. If God wants such a book, he can arrange to provide one. We live in a supernaturalistic world; God’s world.”[2] Frame goes on with several quotes from Alvin Plantinga’s 1984 article “Advice to Christian Philosophers” on how to best approach liberal theologians view of inerrancy.

Critical Interaction

Frame in his article states that inerrancy is a biblical doctrine as a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). ETS defines inerrancy “in the form, ‘Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written, and is therefore inerrant in the authographs. So I assume that most of you here today believe the doctrine of inerrancy. You do not believe it to be a recent theory, a speculation or overreaction to criticism, but to constitute one of the doctrines of orthodox Christianity. Further, since you believe that the doctrine of our faith are based on Scripture, you believe that the doctrine of biblical inerrancy is itself a biblical doctrine.”[3] “Inerrancy pertains to what is affirmed or asserted rather than what is merely reported. We must judge the truthfulness of Scripture in terms of its meaning in the cultural setting in which its statements were expressed. The Bible’s assertions are fully true when judged in accordance with the purpose for which they were written. Reports of historical events and scientific matters are in phenomenal rather than technical language. Difficulties in explaining the biblical text should not be prejudged as indications of error.”[4]

The author gives many examples for a biblical basis of inerrancy. Several examples include the doctrine of the deity Christ, the deliverance of the Israelites at the Red Sea, and the feeding of the 5,000 just to name a few. “The inerrancy of the word of God enables us to state with confidence the most extraordinary fact—that the whole world is God’s, and displays his glory. It enables us to say that Jesus is really Lord, that he really saved us from sin and its consequences, and that he is coming again to restore the whole universe to something pure and even more beautiful. And inerrancy assures us that we have a God who speaks to us in our own experience—the Lord of language who knows how to use symbols to talk to human beings.”[5]

In the latter half of the article Frame focuses on the approach of inerrancy between liberals and evangelicals. It is important to note that “when you read the Bible without a believing heart, without a worldview centered on an absolute tri-personal God, problems appear and multiply. Virtually nothing seems plausible. Everything needs to be explained or explained away.”[6] The liberal approaches theology as a non-Christian even though they profess to be Christians. Then what happens is a non-Christian worldview infiltrates the Christian worldview and evangelical theology slow but surely changes over time.

The Christian colleges and universities after World War II did not have as “high an academic reputation as those that were non-Christian, liberal, or secularist.”[7] In order for the young scholar to challenge the liberal on the doctrine of inerrancy the scholar had to attend the non-Christian institution to combat the issue. “But what happened all too often was that the young scholar would return from his broadening experience with doubts about inerrancy and some sympathy for those who denied it. But as we have seen, that entailed sympathy for the naturalistic worldview that generated this rejection of inerrancy, even worse an embracing of that worldview, or some kind of inconsistent halfway house between orthodoxy and naturalism.”[8] This in turn effects the way a scholar approaches research, exegesis, and even theology. The scholar is now approaching the Bible not as a book of sacred scripture but as a book of literature. God is then far removed from the divine causation of the Bible.

The Christian needs to guard their mind from the persuasion of liberal thinking. A young Christian scholar or Bible college students needs to surround themselves with scholars and mentors that have the same mind set. What goes into your mind comes out of your heart and mouth. So, if a student of the Word of God is taught misconceptions about inerrancy then the student in turn will believe those misconceptions. “As part of postmodernism, there has been an objection to the idea of foundationalism, which is the view that all beliefs are justified by their relationship to certain basic beliefs. With respect to Christian beliefs, this generally means that doctrines rest upon the authority of Scripture, and are established by demonstrating that Scripture teaches them.”[9]


Inerrancy is not a dead topic. If anything it is becoming a very important doctrine that needs to be applied to the Christian worldview and challenge the postmodern liberal worldview. All inerrancy standards of criteria need to be based on a biblical world view. The standard needs to start with 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is God breathed…”


Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

Frame, John M. “Inerrancy: A Place to Live.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57, no. 1 (2014): 29–39.


[1] John M. Frame, “Inerrancy: A Place to Live,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57, no. 1 (2014), 29.

[2] Ibid., 31.

[3] Ibid., 29.

[4] Millard J Erickson, Christian Theology, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013), 204.

[5] Frame, 30.

[6] Ibid., 32.

[7] Ibid., 35.

[8] Ibid., 35.

[9] Erickson, 205.

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Martin Luther

In 1546, Martin Luther, leader to the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died.

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