Good News for the Whole World
Gathering and Prayer
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to you word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people
Discuss prayer concerns
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.
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 in the Study Manual.
Based on our understanding of Luke and Acts, how might we respond to the questions in “Our Human Condition” on page 130 of the Study Manual?
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