WALKING WITH THE SON OF MAN

Before Session One

 

Read Luke’s gospel at least twice.

 

Think about why Luke wrote and to whom? What did he emphasise in his Gospel?

 

The following verses are unique to Luke - this week and over the next few weeks take some time to read them and think about why Luke included them in his Gospel

 

Luke 1:1–3:2

Luke 3:10–15, 23–28

Luke 4:1a, 13b, 14a, 15–30

Luke 5:1–11, 17, 29–39

Luke 6:11a, 12b, 17a, 24–26, 33–34, 37b, 38a

Luke 7:3–5, 7a, 10–17, 20–21, 29–30, 36–50

Luke 8:1–3, 12b

Luke 9:9b, 18a, 28b, 29a, 31–33, 43, 44a, 51–56, 61–62

Luke 10:1, 8b, 17–20, 25–26, 28–42

Luke 11:5–8, 12, 27–28, 37–38, 40–41, 44–46a, 53–54

Luke 12:1–2, 13–21, 29b, 32–33a, 35–38, 41, 47–50, 52, 54, 57

Luke 13:1–17, 22–23, 25–27, 31–33

Luke 14:1–25, 28–33

Luke 15:3, 6–32

Luke 16:1–12, 14–15, 19–31

Luke 17:3–5, 7–19, 20–22, 28–30, 32, 37a

Luke 18:1–14, 31b, 34, 43b

Luke 19:1–28, 37, 39–44

Luke 20:16b, 20b, 26a, 35a, 36b, 38b, 39

Luke 21:12a, 18–19, 21b, 22–23b, 24–25b, 26a, 28, 34–38

Luke 22:3a, 15–16, 19b–20, 27–32, 35–38, 40, 43–45a, 48b, 49, 51, 53b, 61a, 65–68

Luke 23:2, 4–15, 22b, 23, 27–31, 34a, 39–43, 45a, 46, 48, 51a, 53b, 56

Luke 24:4a, 7, 8a, 11–5

 

Before Session Two

 

Read Luke 1:1-3:22 several times

 

Make a note of the different characters in these chapters and what you learn about them.

 

Think again about what Luke emphasised in his Gospel and why?

Answer the following questions:

 

What difference has the birth of Jesus made to society? 

Why did Jesus say, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly'?

Write down three things that you associate with an abundant life

 

What do you learn about God from Luke 1:46-55 and 67-79

 

 

How much does Luke contribute to our understanding of Jesus in these chapters? 

Before Session Three 

 

Read Luke 2:1-3:22

 

What OT prophecies does the birth of Jesus fulfil?

What relevance do the practical details of the birth of Jesus have to our lives as believers?

What do we learn about God from the manner of Jesus’ birth?

 

What does Luke tell us about Simeon and Anna?

Why do you think he details this event?

 

Examine the content of John the Baptist’s preaching (Luke 3:1–20). Compare it with articles in one of today’s newspapers. 

What does John present as the solution to the problems and issues of this world?

 

The Book of Luke is about new life. What does “new life” mean to you?

 

What have you experienced, or what do you expect to experience through relationship with Jesus?

Before Session Four

 

Read Luke 3:23-4:13 several times

 

Read Matthew 1:1-16

Why do the genealogies in Matthew and Luke differ?

 

Read Matthew 3

Why was Jesus baptised?

Who is the ‘us’ in Matthew 3:15?

 

Why do you think Luke gives the genealogy of Christ directly after the record of His baptism?

 

Read again Luke 4:1-13

What are the three temptations that Satan brought to Jesus?

What does each one represent?

 

Can you identify with any of these? 

How did Jesus deal with them?

How do you?

Before Session Five

 

Read Luke 4:14 - 5:39 several times this week

Luke tells us in his introduction that he was writing events in ‘consecutive order’.

Go through these two chapters and note the various locations and description of events that take place in them.

Think about how Jesus revealed Himself in these first days of His ministry. 

If you have time take one section and investigate in detail the people involved and what we are being taught about how they related to this Man, Jesus. Bring this into 2019 and answer the following:

  1. Can you see any relevance for us in the way we might relate to those people in our day?

  2. What is Jesus common response to each individual Luke describes? Is that your common response to those you meet?

 

What significance (if any) is there in the way Luke has recorded this?

What two responses does Luke note to the words and person of Jesus?

What do you think God wants us to understand from these responses?

 

Put yourself in the place of the leper. If you were to come to Jesus today, what would be your greatest outward need?

What would be your greatest inner need?

 

Write out a paragraph on the following:

From the incident of Jesus and the leper, how do you think Jesus will respond to you when you bring Him your needs?

Before Session Six

 

Read Luke 5:33-6:49 several times this week

 

Who is Jesus addressing in Luke 5:33-6:11?

What questions does He answer and what point does He make?

What is their response?

 

What does Luke tell us about the choosing of the 12 Apostles?

Many believe that Luke 6:17-49 is Jesus Sermon on the Mount described in Matthew 5-7 - do you agree? Why or why not?

 

What does Jesus focus on in these verses? What is His emphasis? 

What do you think Jesus is describing in these verses?

 

Think of two friends or acquaintances toward whom you feel some hostility or awkwardness. Describe how you think Jesus would have you reach out to them in love.

 

Think of a recent situation that you feel you handled badly. How might you change your response or reaction in the light of Jesus teaching in these chapters?

Before Session Seven

 

Read Luke 7 several times this week

Jesus’ picture of the believer’s way of life in Luke 6 portrays a counterculture. All that Jesus teaches goes against the grain of the way people live in our world, and the values they hold.

And our question - perhaps the question of those 12 apostles is: where do we find the the strength to enable us to be different in a world that demands conformity?

How does Jesus answer that question in Luke 7:1-17?

What contrasts and comparisons does He use to emphasis His point?

 

Why do you think God through Luke has recorded the uncertainty of John the Baptist?

What do you learn from this account?

 

What are the three miracles in this chapter?

Which is the greatest and why?

 

Note the differing response to Jesus words and actions - what are the underlying reasons for these responses?

What about in our day and culture? What responses do we see regarding the person and work of the Lord Jesus?

What is the source of most of the opposition to Jesus?

What are we to do when faced with criticism, hostility or opposition?

Why?

Before Session Eight

 

Read Luke 8 several times this week

 

What is the central point of this chapter?

 

What tools does Jesus use to make His point?

 

How does He authenticate His message in this chapter?

 

Why does He use the parables eg. The parable of the sower to teach?

What OT Scripture doers He use to support this?

What do you understand from this teaching?

 

How does Jesus teaching regarding His mother and brothers authenticate His message?

 

In His healings recorded in Luke 8:40-56 what picture is painted for us about Jesus?

What do we learn about Him from these events?

 

These are not simple questions with one-line answers - take time to think through all that Luke is telling us about the Lord Jesus and the ways that He ministered.

Finally, what have you learned that you might be able to apply to yourself?

Before Session 9

 

From Luke 7:17–9:20 make a list of all the evidence that Jesus is, or is not, God’s Son. 

What was the assignment of the 12 disciples in Luke 9:1-6?

How did that mirror the life of Jesus?

 

What do you understand about the instruction in verse 5?

How effective was their ministry?

What do you understand from Luke 9:23-26?

 

What Scriptures describe the character of a disciple in Luke 9?

 

Do you recognise those characteristics in your own life?

Before Session 10

 

Read Luke 7-10 several times

Go over what we have already seen regarding the life and character of a disciple

 

How do you go about making decisions and what kinds of decisions are hard for you?

What do you understand about Jesus’ call and description of discipleship in Luke 9:23–25 and how has your answer to His call been manifested in your everyday life. Be specific

List the seven characteristics of the discipled life.

Which do you find most difficult?

Go back over the relevant verses from these chapters and make a list of what you learn that will help you to continue in victory as a disciple.

 

Why do you think some people hesitate to trust Jesus?

How would you use the evidence you have found in these chapters, that Jesus is God’s Son, to help a person make his or her decision to trust Christ?

 

 

Before Session 11

 

Read Luke 10-11  several times this week

 

What are the lessons Jesus taught in His parable of the Good Samaritan?

 

What similarities do they bear to the events described in the home of Martha and Mary?

 

Focus  on the meaning of the Lord’s prayer by listing the following words:

 

 relationship, will, dependence, godliness, works. 

 

What does this prayer teach about each of these words and how does this prayer amplify and answer the circumstances and questions raised in the preceding events mentioned in Luke 10:25-41?

 

What is the definition of an ‘activist’?

 

What is the basic difference between a spiritual ‘activist’ and a disciple? 

 

How can we tell if we are activists in our faith, or dependent disciples? 

 

What are the key reasons that dependence on God is a pathway to spiritual growth, while activism is not?

 

What are the key elements of Jesus teaching in Luke 11:14-36?

 

What do you perceive to be the response of those who heard?

 

Before Session 12

 

Read Luke 12-13:9 several times this week

 

Think about the events and circumstances taking up most of the news coverage today. What are the causes of concern in each and how does the knowledge of the spiritual reality affect your response to those news items?

The phrase ‘do not be afraid’ is repeated over and over again in Scripture. What are the reasons given in this section of Luke that we are not to fear?

Do you find yourself fearful of the events of this world today? How do you cope with the uncertainty of life and the anxiety that uncertainty brings? 

 

Outline the major categories in your budget, and estimate amounts spent on each.

Ask yourself this question:

If I felt truly free of all concern for necessities, and free of all desire for luxuries, how would my life be different than it is now?”

 

Jesus has been outing the attitudes and lifestyle of a disciple. Take some time over the Christmas break to meditate on your attitude to your heavenly Father and the lifestyle choices you have made. 

Is there anything you would change? Any area of your life that you need to surrender?

Will you do it?