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Luke: The Certainty of Christ, An Intro (Luke 1:1-4) - 11/20/22
Why did Luke write the letter?
What does this Gospel letter teach us?
Jesus is the Son of Man
Jesus in His humanity
The historical certainty of the life of Jesus
The emphasis of Jesus’ ancestry, birth and early life before moving through His earthly ministry.
Luke was a gentile and Paul referred to him as the beloved physician (Col. 4:10-14)
Luke was not an eyewitness to the life of Christ but was a co-laborer with Paul. (2 Tim. 4:11)
We/Us passages – Acts 16:1-17; Acts 20:5-21:18; Acts 27:1-28:18
Wrote Luke and Acts around A.D. 60 as a two-volume work to Theophilus.
Salvation (Luke 1:69, Luke 1:77, Luke 2:30, Luke 19:9-10)Salvation for all people – Gentiles. Outcasts. Women.Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22, Luke 12:12)Discipleship (Luke 6:40, Luke 9:23-27, Luke 14:25-33,
Prayer (The emphasis on Jesus and prayer)
Luke is laying the foundation and credibility of his letter to Theophilus and the world. We get a picture of the impact Jesus Christ had on those first believers and the early church.
They followed Christ closely.
They personally knew Christ
The things accomplished
From the beginning
Ministers of the Word
Servants of the word
They wrote the words of Christ carefully.
It was very important for them to get it right.
It was real… the truth
Narrative of the things
Written and orderly account
Spoke with people
They understood the life of Christ should be lived with certainty.
You may have certainty
To know fully, to come to know, to gain or receive full knowledge of, become fully acquainted with.
He had heard, but Luke wants HIM TO KNOW
KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE FOR CHRIST
The assurance to keep going
Trust in His Lordship (Great Shepherd – Psalm 23:1-6)
His care for us
His provision for us
His leadership for us