Use the notes and questions in this area to assist in your study of the Bible. This material is suitable for both individual and group use. It will often accompany the preaching series so that you can further explore Bible passages from which sermons have been prepared.
What is “evangelism? What is our responsibility in telling others about Jesus? We begin to explore this issue from John 4:1-42 and John’s account of Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well.
Luke 7: 18-35
From his prison cell, John questions if Jesus truly is the Messiah. Jesus addresses this question in Luke 7: 18-35 for John and for a generation in which prophets were persecuted and many stumbled over and rejected God’s way in Jesus. This passage continues to be deeply important for our generation.
Luke 7: 1-17
In Luke 7:1-17, we read of two remarkable events in the life of Jesus – a healing and a resurrection – which Luke sets side by side in his portrayal of Jesus as Saviour of both Israel and the nations. This is an astonishing portion of Scripture!
Luke 6: 27-49
In Luke 6:27-49 Jesus describes the way of discipleship in terms of practices – what we do. true discipleship is characterised by a set of practices that are radically counter-cultural.
Luke 6: 12-26
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? In Luke 6:12 – 26, attention turns to discipleship and particularly the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to be apostles. This portion of Scripture is crucial for our understanding of discipleship in our own places and times.
Luke 6: 1-11
In Luke 6:1-11, Luke reports about the ministry of Jesus on two Sabbath days. Jesus continues to challenge traditions that have lost their meaning and purpose; that have become separated from and contrary to the love of God. And Jesus provocatively asserts that ‘the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath”.
In Luke 5:27-39 Jesus challenges expectations, crosses boundaries and announces that a bright, new era has begun. So it's time to celebrate. What does it mean for us to live in the light of this new day?
On the heaven-and -earth world stage, Jesus is re-enacting and rescripting the history of humanity and Israel in his own person. He is authoring a new history. A new future A new humanity. As he does so, Jesus is under scrutiny. Watched. Tested. Searched. Known. Not only by God, but by opponents who will eventually want him dead.
There is nothing small about the Jesus of Luke. On the stage of heaven-and-earth world history, Jesus authors the future of a new humanity and an entire new cosmos. Jesus has authority! Jesus is amazing! Luke 5:1-11 presents Luke’s account of a miraculous catch of fish – as Jesus “catches” his first disciples.
Luke 4:31-44 recounts the authority of Jesus as demons and sickness are rebuked! Those who come to Jesus are healed. The captives are being set free. But what does this mean for us? This portion of Luke insists that we address some tough questions about faith, healing, suffering and God’s purposes in our lives.
Luke affirms that Jesus, on a heaven-and-earth world stage, is re-enacting and rescripting history in his own person. Jesus invites us to join him in the history of the new humanity, empowered by the Spirit of God. In this passage, Jesus commences his ministry. His marvellous works and authoritative teaching, in places such as Capernaum, bring high praise. But then he returns home to Nazareth…
What is the way of Jesus? Luke challenges his readers to walk in the way of a history-changing, community-forming, joy-filled Jesus who seeks the lost and excluded, ushering them into a new life of hope and purpose. In this series, we will seek to more fully know Jesus through the writing of Luke.
Offerings and Sacrifices
The ritual of the burnt offering seems strange as we read the first chapter of Leviticus. Yet it is so crucial to an understanding of this book and indeed of scripture more widely, that we dare not miss its significance. To young people, our children and students, it must be even stranger. In our secularised western nations, any sense of the holy and the sacred, and conversely of the polluted and the profane, is almost completely gone.
Ordination of Priests
The tent of God’s presence was in the centre of the camp. Israelites huddled around holiness as they slept. Heaven’s majesty rested on earth, utter purity lived among impurity, uncreatedness with fragile mortality. This was a rare community indeed. Yahweh surrounded by his children!
Clean and Unclean
The primary meaning of “holy” is to be separated, apart from, distinct. God is initially holy in that he is utterly separate from and completely “other” than every created thing. And herein is the sum total of reality – the LORD who is the creator … and everything else that he has created. God and his creation. This is reality.
Day of Atonement
The Day of Atonement. It was the greatest day of the year!
Regulations for a Holy Nation
With what is “holiness” concerned? What do holy people do? Do we imagine hushed prayers and quiet reflections, hard beds and harsh diets, seriousness and silence, perhaps bald monks and cloistered nuns. Are these our primary images of holiness?