In this stimulating and edifying talk Andrew Wood takes you through the highlights of the Gospel of Luke. Beginning with an exposé of the birth and infancy of both John the Baptist and Jesus, Luke shows us that Jesus has come for the redemption and salvation of all peoples. Through the beautiful theme of joy running consistently throughout his Gospel, Luke’s presentation of Jesus’ public ministry emphasises that he has come to gather all the nations into the Kingdom of God. He does this to fulfil two specific Old Testament prophecies: (1) God would bring a worldwide blessing through Abraham’s descendent (Gen. 12); (2) God would raise up a Davidic King who would reign over an everlasting Kingdom (2 Sam 7).
Besides the key themes and characteristics of Luke’s Gospel, Andrew also provides you with fascinating insights into some unique aspects of Luke’s Gospel. In particular two of Jesus’ most famous parables: the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37), and the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32). Here Andrew goes back into their rich Old Testament roots clearly showing why Jesus initially gave these parables, which enables us to understand Jesus’ original intention in using them, and their relevance for our lives. Along the way, you will also see the significance of Luke’s narration of St. Peter’s conversion to Jesus, which occurs in three stages, and is prototypical of our own conversion. Finally, Andrew takes you through the famous Resurrection encounter of Jesus with the two disciples on the road to Emma’us (Lk 24:13-35).
This talk will definitely stir your desire for a greater understanding of St. Luke’s Gospel, but more importantly, to fall more deeply in love with Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World!