Unlike the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, and John, scholars unanimously acknowledge that the Gospel of Luke was written by a Gentile believer in the first century Christian Church. As a non-Jew coming into the Church Luke has a vested interest to show how Jesus, though a Jew himself, came to save both Jews and Gentiles alike.
In this beautiful course you will discover how Jesus’ mission was to bring all nations into the Kingdom of God. Beginning with the infancy narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus, Luke traces how salvation first came to the Jews, and then through Jesus’ mission, which he entrusted to the Apostles to continue, to the Gentile nations as well.
Although Luke’s Gospel is clearly written as an ‘orderly account’ and drawn from ‘eyewitnesses,’ it is not merely an historical narrative of the sayings and events of Jesus of Nazareth. As we will see, like the other Gospel writers Luke is a master of his craft. With great skill he shows, not only the universal call to salvation in Jesus Christ, but also the great joy that this call brings. Luke is unique in his presentation of the super-abundant joy that Jesus brings. Luke’s account is also unique in showing how Jesus has come for the outcast and for the sinner, for women and for the oppressed.
Come and join us as we discover the uniqueness of Luke’s Gospel in his presentation of Jesus as the universal Saviour of all peoples.
- To discover the uniqueness of Luke’s Gospel in presenting Jesus as the universal Saviour of all peoples.
- To see how Luke sets the stage for the themes that run throughout his Gospel in the opening scenes of the infancy narratives of John the Baptist and Jesus.
- To grasp Luke’s skill in drawing from the Old Testament in his presentation of Jesus.
- To see how Luke presents the process of conversion to Jesus, especially in Luke’s portrayal of the disciples’ motives and actions, and to recognize this process in one’s own life.
Lecture 1: Old Testament Highlights: The Background to Luke’s Gospel.
Lecture 2: Interpreting Scripture and Introducing Luke’s Gospel.
Lecture 3: Jesus Christ, Lord of History (Chapter 1).
Lecture 4: Birth of Jesus and Luke’s Infancy Narrative (Chapter 2).
Lecture 5: Jesus’ Baptism: Coronation of Jesus as Priest, Prophet and King (Chapter 3).
Lecture 6: Jesus’ Temptations in the Wilderness and His Transfiguration (Chapters 4-9).
Lecture 7: Journey to Jerusalem: Jesus Begins the Lukan Travel Narrative (Chapters 10-14).
Lecture 8: A Most Famous Parable: The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Chapters 15-17).
Lecture 9: Zacchae’us and Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem (Chapters 18-19).
Lecture 10: Jesus Encounters Controversy in Jerusalem (Chapter 20).
Lecture 11: Jesus’ Eschatological Discourse and the Last Supper (Chapters 21-22).
Lecture 12: Peter’s Denial, Jesus’ Resurrection & the Encounter on the Road to Emma’us (Chapters 23-24).