Luke wasn’t one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Nor was he among the larger multitude who witnessed Jesus’ life and ministry. He wasn’t even Jewish. Luke was a gentile and therefore considered an outsider. Yet this outsider came to believe in Jesus and contributed more pages to the New Testament than anyone else. Luke’s two volumes, the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, comprise 26% of the New Testament. While Luke’s writings have impacted millions, they were initially written as letters to one man. Join us for the conclusion of our journey through the Gospel of Luke as we consider how reaching the world begins when we reach the one.
Luke 1:1-4 & Acts 1:1-3
Share with one what you hope will be shared with all.
It begins when every “__” points to “______.”
It continues as every “I” embraces a “________.”
It _____________________ as the Spirit fans the flames beyond every “__.”
_________________ your Theophilus.
Use this outline for personal reflection, as a couples or family devotion, or with a small group.
Luke wrote two entire books to a man named Theophilus to encourage his faith in Jesus. That is 26% of the whole New Testament written to one person. What does this tell you about Luke and his faith? What does this tell you about the New Testament and its purpose?
Today we are going to review the Gospel in 30 Words. This is a great way to understand the Gospel and offers a simple way to communicate it to others.
The Gospel in 30 words: “Jesus is God with us; come to show us God’s love, save us from sin, set up God’s Kingdom, and shut down religion so that we can share God’s life.”
When did you last have a direct Gospel conversation with a non-believer? How did that conversation go? What did you learn from that encounter? Talk about it, invite accountability, and take time to pray together.
This week we will read passages that clearly and directly communicate the Gospel. As you read, invite the Holy Spirit to embed these truths in your heart and mind so that you will always be prepared to share the hope of Jesus in every situation.
Day 1: John 1
Day 2: Colossians 1
Day 3: John 3
Day 4: Romans 5
Day 5: Romans 3
Day 6: Romans 10
Day 7: John 14
Who has invested effort in helping you know Jesus and understand His Gospel?
Is the Gospel best communicated in mass communication or person-to-person? Why?
Who is your Theophilus? What are you doing to ensure that he or she has certainty concerning the Gospel?
Reunion by Peter Scazzero
30 Words: A sermon series for sinners, saints, and seekers. sermon.aspirejax.org/sermon-series/30-words
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