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Good News for the Whole World

Daily Readings

Day 1        Luke 1:1-9:50

Day 2        Luke 9:51-20:47

Day 3        Luke 21:1-24:53; Acts1:1- 8:40

Day 4        Acts 9:1-18:28

Day 5        Acts 19:1-28:31

Day 6        Study Manual

Gathering and Prayer

Prayer Concerns

Theme Word

Theme Verse

Our Human Condition

DVD

Presenter:  Steven Plymale

Listen for the distinct way Luke develops each volume of Luke-Acts.

Why were two volumes necessary?

How do the Gospel and Acts differ in literary style?

How do the Gospel and Acts differ in emphasis?

Scripture and Study Manual

Break into groups and study the assigned sections of Luke.  Each group will have an opportunity to summarize the major events in their sections.  Highlight the major events as well as the people.

Introduction – 1:1-4

Infancy, childhood, & preparation – 1:5-4:13

Ministry in Galilee – 4:14-9:50

Journey to Jerusalem – 9:51-19:27

Jesus in Jerusalem – 19:28-21:38

Passion Narrative – 22-23

Resurrection, Ascension -- 24

We will read aloud the following verses; Luke 1:26-38, 2:41-52, 10:38-52, 24:13-35.  Answer the following questions about each reading.

If we did not have this material, what would be missing in terms of understanding Jesus?

If we did not have this material, what would be missing in terms of the theology of the church?

If we did not have this material, what would be missing in terms of the importance of Scripture to Jesus?

If we did not have this material, what would be missing in terms of what is required of us?

Luke emphasizes repentance and forgiveness of sins.  As we read selected verses in which those concepts appear, pay attention to the settings in which the themes are placed.

Encounter the Word

Scripture Selection:  Luke 1:26-38

Hear the Scripture read aloud and pretend it is the first time you heard it.

We will discuss your reflections, thoughts, insights and questions with the group.

Work individually to write the passage in your own words.

Into the World

Discuss responses to questions from Into the World on page 135.

Based on our understanding of Luke and Acts, how might we respond to the questions in Our Human Condition on page 130?

What kinds of ministry are we called for in Our Human Condition?

What message from God’s word will shape our ministry this week?

How will we respond?

Closing and Prayer

STUDY: Through our disciplined reading and study of Scripture and the resulting insights, God works to change us.

How disciplined am I in arranging and using my study time and in selecting the tools and methods for my study of Scripture?

How do I expect God to change me through my study?

Next week: Our Savior has Come

Closing prayer on page 130

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