Introduction: The Gospel of Luke is the first part of a two-part work written by Luke, the beloved physician. In the second part, the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes about the birth of the church and its launching of a worldwide evangelistic movement in obedience to Christ's Great Commission. In the first part, his Gospel, Luke gives us the most historically detailed account of the life of Christ, who is portrayed by this Gentile author of a Gospel as both the Son of Man and Savior of the world.
Luke 1:4 — The Christian Faith is founded on firm certainties—historical fact and God’s objective truth—not flimsy conjecture—human feelings and man’s subjective opinions.
Luke 1:5-10 — All God’s priests have their lot in life; that is, their allotted service. It’s when we aspire to something outside the parameters of God’s plan for our lives that we doom ourselves to endless disappointment, discouragement, depression, and despair.
Luke 2:9-14 — That Christ's birth is good tidings of great joy to all people universally is truly amazing, but that He was born for you personally is most astonishing!
Luke 2:10-11 — The most incredible thing about the miracle of Christmas is not that it is good news to "all people," as incredible as that is, but that Christ came for "you."
Luke 8:35-37 — Christ is unwelcomed by those who are unnerved by His works.
Luke 10:16 — To reject and despise Jesus Christ—God the Son—is to reject and despise God the Father.
Luke 10:38-42 — The only school a Christian needs to attend is "Mary's College," which is located at the feet of Jesus. For the only thing we need to do to live our lives as Christ intends is to live our lives listening intently to Him.
Luke 11:1 — The first step in learning how to pray—how to wield the most powerful force in the world—is to ask Christ, the Master of the fine art of prayer, to teach us to pray.
Luke 11:1 — Prayer is an art that must be learned. “It is not,” as Ruth Paxson says, “a string of words, but a divine piece of work.”
Luke 12:15 — Although our world assesses our worth by the value of our possessions, our Lord taught us that our life does not consist of the things which we possess. To measure a man by his material wealth is to measure a man with a crooked stick.
Luke 12:25 — Worry is life's greatest exercise in futility, since it changes nothing and cannot accomplish a thing.
Luke 12:39 — No one is more vulnerable to the thieving Tempter than one who denies his existence or is unaware of his presence.
Luke 14:25-33 — Contrary to popular opinion, there is no such thing as a crossless Christian or a costless Christianity. To follow Christ requires forsaking all.
Luke 17:3-4 — God’s forgiveness, unlike His love, is not unconditional. It is contingent upon our repentance. Likewise, our forgiveness of others who have trespassed against us is contingent upon their repentance. If they repent, we must forgive! However, we, like God, are not obligated to forgive the unrepentant.
Luke 17:5-6 — The strength of our faith is not found in its amount, but in its object, as Christ’s taught His disciples when they prayed for increased faith. According to Jesus, placing your meager mustard seed faith in Him is enough for it to prove miraculous. On the other hand, abundant faith in anything else is completely incapable of miraculously moving a thing.
Luke 17:28-30 — The last days shall be like Lot’s days, men will impulsively persist in the practice of their depravity until certain doom suddenly and surprisingly descends upon them.
Luke 17:32 — Jesus cautioned us to remember Lot's wife, the epitome of apostasy. By turning away from God's salvation to turn back toward sinful Sodom, she was turned into a pillar of salt.
Luke 18:1-8 — Although a just God is pleased rather than pestered by persevering prayer, it is the praying “pest” who persistently peppers Heaven with his pleas whose prayers prove to be prevailing.
Luke 18:9-14 — The self-righteous pray to themselves, being ignored by God, but the repentant sinner not only prays to God, but is heard by Him and justified. No more important prayer will we ever pray than the prayer of the publican.
Luke 18:11 — Like the Pharisee in our Lord's parable, all hypocrites pray to themselves, because God pays no attention to them.
Luke 22:31-32 — A saint cannot be sifted by Satan without Satan securing the permission of the Savior and the Savior praying for the saint. Also, any sifting Christ consents to is intended by Him to strengthen the faith of the saint so that he can strengthen the faith of others.
Luke 22:31-32 — Whenever you find yourself in Satan’s sifting hand, remember your Savior is praying for you at Sovereignty's right hand.
Luke 22:44 — Anguish is the call of the Almighty to more earnest prayer. Our supplications never rise higher to God then when are sweat drops like blood to the ground.
Luke 24:44 — All Scripture is fulfilled in Christ!
Luke 24:47 — Christ commissioned us to preach repentance to the world. Tragically, today’s world condemns the preaching of repentance as intolerance and all who preach it as intolerant. What hope of remission of sins is there in a world so immune and inimical to repentance?
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