References to: Luke

Special Report: What You Have Heard Is True!

About 30 years after Jesus Christ, a wealthy man named Theophilus became interested in following Jesus. Some of the stories he heard about Jesus seemed too strange to be true. So he asked an investigator to get the facts about what Jesus had really done and taught.

This special investigator learned as much as he could about Jesus' life, work and teachings. He then wrote an organized documentary about Jesus. We call it the Gospel of Luke.

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Michael Morrison
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Open Letter to a Wealthy Man

"Sell everything you have and give to the poor," said Jesus to a rich man (Luke 18:22). Jesus' demand is shocking. Is there something wrong with owning things and having money? Did Jesus make similar demands of all his disciples?

We learn answers in Luke's Gospel. Both Luke and some of his readers had reason to be especially interested in Jesus' teachings about money. Luke had come from the wealthier part of society — his literary skills reflect an education available primarily to families who could afford private schooling.

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The Prominence of Women in the Gospel of Luke

Women were prominent in Luke's portrayal of Jesus' life.

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist:

  • Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, whose work paved the way for Jesus (Luke 1:5-7).

  • After Elizabeth conceived (verse 25), her unborn baby jumped when Mary visited (verses 41-44).

  • Elizabeth said that her son's name was John (verses 57-60).

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Luke's "Orderly" Account - An Examination of Biblical Precision

Luke tells us that his book is an "orderly" account of the story of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:3, NIV). What is the nature of Luke's order?

The Greek word is kathexes, which is also used in Luke 8:1 (where it is translated "afterwards"), Acts 3:24 ("on"), Acts 11:4 ("precisely") and Acts 18:23 ("from place to place"). The word refers to sequence — chronological, geographical or logical. Let's look first at the context of Acts 11:4.

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Luke's Legacy to Women

Luke with a scroll"Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" (Luke 1:28, King James Version). How many times have we heard these familiar words of the archangel Gabriel repeated, especially every year around the time of Christmas.

You may have repeated these Old English words yourself as a child, dressed in a white robe with wobbly angel wings and a lopsided halo as you portrayed Gabriel in a nativity play.

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Sheila Graham
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Explore the Gospels: Luke

The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are the two parts of a work addressed to Theophilus (compare Luke 1:1-4 with Acts 1:1-2). The author of Acts apparently accompanied Paul on some of his journeys – note the “we” in Acts 16:10-17;20:5-15;

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Jim Herst
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The Gospel According to Luke

Although the author does not name himself in this book, early church tradition is unanimous in saying that the third Gospel was written by Luke, a physician who sometimes travelled with Paul and wrote the book of Acts. Luke begins his book by noting that several people had already written books about Jesus, but that he did some careful research so that his readers could be assured that these things are true.

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Jesus' Encounter With a Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50

Key text: “When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is – that she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39).

Main point: Repentance involves understanding that we fall short of what God wants, and a desire to align our thoughts and actions with him. Forgiveness of sins is received by faith and is followed by gratitude and love toward the forgiver – Jesus Christ.

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