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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

Praying with Persistence and Confidence: Luke 11:5-13

Summary: No matter where you are in your Christian walk, you can always grow in your knowledge and practice of prayer. Today we will focus on God being our great providing Father. We will also look at our need for persistence and confidence in prayer.

  1. For a quick review, what are 3 keys from the Lord’s prayer? They revolve around His name, our needs and weakness to sin.
  1. Pastor Scott mentioned that a key to prayer is what we think when we think of the Father. What are your thoughts here?
  1. Building upon this thought, here’s what the famous theologian A.W. Tozer has to say, “Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightiest word in any language is its word for God.”
  1. Verses 9-10 are the key to the 2 parables. What do we learn about the Father here?
  1. We see in verses 9-10 the simple commands of ask, see and knock. What does this progression tell you about the intensity of these requests? Are they simple enough that even a child could follow through on them?
  1. Persistence is the key to the first parable in our section. Should we be persistent because God is reluctant to bless us? Respond to this in light of Romans 8:31-32.
  1. Is persistence in prayer an isolated thought in the Bible? See also Luke 18:1-8.
  1. The second parable is all about our confidence that God will deliver the best for us. How is this different from us? How does this impact our world view? See verse 13.
  1. At some point, everyone in life will let us down to some degree. How does this compare with God? See Psalm 27:10.
  1. In fact, who is the only person that trusted God, but was shunned by Him? What does this tell us about the gravity of our own sin? See Matthew 27:46.
  1. Parenthetically speaking, we shouldn’t be dissuaded from fully following Christ due to mockers. How did Christ handle this in Luke 23?
  1. A few closing thoughts/questions:
  2. How do we ask God for things? Is it grace based or merit based?
  3. Are we passing our knowledge down to the younger generation like in II     Timothy? In fact, how does Paul address Timothy in chapter 1?
  1. Who is our Father? What do we ask for? How often do we ask?

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The Lord’s Prayer: A Second Look: Luke 11:1-4

Summary: The Lord’s Prayer is powerful. It has become so familiar, it is almost symbolic. But we must not allow our familiarity with it to keep us from missing the depth of what it says.

  1. A.   Read the summary above and then read the text of what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Respond as you feel lead by the Lord.
  1. What did the disciples need? How about you? Luke 11:1, 5:16, 6:12
  1. What was Jesus doing when He was asked to teach the disciples to pray? Did He pray this prayer? Could He pray this prayer? Explain. Luke 11:1-4
  1. A.   This prayer is in Matthew 6 (the middle of “The Sermon on the Mount”) and it follows warnings on how not to pray. What pattern of prayer is modeled in “The Lord’s Prayer” and in the warning? Matthew 6:1-15
  1. As this is our second look at this prayer, we have already noted the prayer starts with worship and moves to intersession. Luke 11:2, Matthew 6:9-10
  1. What follows intersession in this prayer? Luke 11:3-4, Matthew 6:11-13
  1. A.   We will do well to follow this pattern in our prayers: worship and adoration, intersession, and then petition for our needs. What needs are mentioned in this prayer? Luke 11:3-4
  1. It is worth noting how quickly this prayer in Luke 11 moves from the highest intersession, “Thy kingdom come,” to the simplest daily need, “Give us each day our daily bread.” What can you learn from this? Philippians 4:6-7, I Thessalonians 5:16-18
  1. How would you characterize the requests in Luke 11:3-4? What do you need daily? What do you need to be reminded of daily? Proverbs 3:5-8
  1. A.   How often do you need forgiveness for your sins? Luke 11:4, I John 1:7-10
  1. Why do we need daily forgiveness? Mark 7:20-23, Psalm 32:1-5
  1. What follows our supplication for our own sins? Luke 11:4, 7:47, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-13
  1. A.   What is the final daily supplication? Luke 11:4, Matthew 6:13
  1. Our reality is simple: daily, in the next moment, we could make a wreck of our lives. Who is able to keep us from sin? Luke 11:4, James 1:13-16, I Corinthians 10:12-14

September 23, 2014 Posted by | Bible Study, Christian, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 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

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