03 – The Gospel of Luke

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Excerpt 1: Christianity is not a crutch for the weak minded

  1. What stories do you think are among the creates ever written? Are they fictional or nonfictional?
  2. The same individual clearly wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts (Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1). Consider that although he never identified himself by name, it is clear from his use of “we” in many sections of Acts that Luke was a close companion of the apostle Paul (Acts 16:10-17; 20:5-15; 21:1-18; 27:1-28:16).
  3. Luke was a frequent companion of the apostle Paul, at least from the time of Paul’s Macedonian vision (Acts 16:9, 10) right up to the time of Paul’s martyrdom (2 Tim 4:11). Notice that Paul mentioned Luke on several occasions in his writings (Col. 4:14; 2 Tim. 4:11, Philemon 1:24)
  4. Occasionally agnostics claim that religion is a crutch for the weak minded. Why is this claim not valid when it comes to Christianity?

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Excerpt 2: Who received the greatest two books ever written?

  1. Have you ever shared the gospel with someone through written media (letter, blog, Facebook)? How difficult was it? How important was it to be precise in your language?

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Excerpt 3: What is the best historical record of Jesus?

  1. By acknowledging that he had compiled his account from various other sources, Luke was not disclaiming divine inspiration for his work. The process of inspiration never bypasses or overrides the personalities, vocabularies, and styles of the human authors of Scriptures. The research itself was orchestrated by divine Providence. And in his writing, Luke was moved by the Spirit of God (2 Peter 1:21). Therefore, his account is infallibly true.
  2. How much does the fact that Luke was such a great researcher give you confidence in his writings?

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Excerpt 4: Are you open minded to the truth?

  1. Luke, a physician himself, presents Jesus as the Great Physician. Look at Luke 5:31, 32; 15:4-7, 31, 32; 19:10. What does the healing ministry of Jesus say about Him?
  2. Luke examines Jesus’ interaction with tax collectors, women, children, Gentiles, and Samaritans, demonstrating His unique ministry to the outcasts of society. What does the aspect of Jesus’ ministry say about Him?
  3. What details about Jesus’ birth and early life do you find particularly significant? Why?
  4. Have you trusted in Jesus as your Lord God and Savior?
  5. As a Christian, how are you helping the effort of global evangelization?