November is our last month in the church year and the season of Pentecost comes to an end. We will then transition into the season of Advent with a new focus on the Gospel of Luke. Like each of the Gospel accounts, Luke is unique and has its own set of characteristics. Here are some examples:
Luke gives us a historical context for many of the stories. There is great detail in the birth story of Jesus and what was happening in the world when John the Baptist was preparing the way of Christ. In Luke, the City of Jerusalem receives special attention as a geographical focus. For some reason, there is a special interest in food related to Jesus’ ministry. Women are very prominent in Luke. Luke has an emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit. But maybe my favorite thing about Luke is how much of Jesus’ ministry is focused on reaching out to the poor and marginalized in society.
There are stories in this Gospel that are so rich and full of powerful messages (and only found in Luke’s account). These are stories such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Parable of the Lost Coin, the story of Zacchaeus, and the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Personally, I’m looking forward to entering the world of Luke and all that awaits us as we unpack what this means for us today. As a prelude to this, I invite you to join me for a Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke during December to wet our appetite for the coming year. Each evening session will begin with a dessert.
Here is the schedule:
December 4th at 7pm in the Imagine Center
December 11th at 7pm in the Conference room
December 18th at 7pm in the Imagine Center