Questions for Reflection for Study of Luke 3-4

So far this week in the study of Luke, we have received a great example of someone wanting to learn so they could be the best they could be in order to fulfill their purpose. At the age of twelve, Jesus was so focused on learning from the teachers at the Temple that He stayed behind when Joseph and Mary made their return trip back home.

In the same way, we should want to search our heart for talents that may be developed and there is no better way than to dive into His Word and pray as we journey along the way. I’ll be continuing the study in the book of Luke tomorrow and sharing a few thoughts. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. You can keep up with my spiritual journey by clicking http://wp.me/1ar6D

Someone once gave me these suggestions:

  • Focus on one day at a time by breaking things into pieces
  • Embrace the power you have to make choices
  • Remember that problems present opportunities
  • Determine what things are most important

Have a great rest of the week my friends!  As the journey through God’s Word continues, below are questions for reflection for the study of Luke 3-4 which will help focus some thoughts to share in posts over the next few weeks.

Luke 3:1-20
What is John’s purpose (messengers are customarily sent to warn and exhort people to get ready for a royal visit – relate John’s purpose to the times)? What is his message? Where does he get his authority? In what ways do you bear fruits of repentance? What stands out about John’s character?

Luke 3:21-38
When does Jesus start his public ministry? What preparation have you given to your “ministry”?Why does Jesus as both divine and human have significance for you?

Luke 4:1-15
At what times are you most susceptible to Satan’s attacks?  To whom does ultimate rule rightfully belong? Of what value to you is knowing that Jesus has been tempted in every way you are?

Luke 4:16-30
In what ways have you been released? Been given 20-20 spiritual vision? Found liberty? Satin tries to destroy Jesus and the power of His message; how does knowledge of this enlarge our understanding of Satin’s tactics and our ability to cope with life?

Luke 4:31-44
What impression does Jesus make on the people in the synagogue? How does Jesus’ understanding of His purpose affect his activities and relationships? What is your purpose or goal? In what ways does this affect your activities and relationships?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ. 

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.  

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times
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Search the Heart

Mary and Joseph raised Jesus in a Godly home and went to the Passover Festival each year. Jesus would seize the opportunity to learn from the teachers at the Temple. Jesus desired to learn so He stayed behind to listen and ask questions.

In the same way, we need to search our heart for talents that may be developed. Inside each one of us is a treasure if we take the time to search deep inside for the purpose God has for us.

Here’s a video about setting a fire deep in our soul so there is no place we had rather be than here in God’s love. Enjoy this video: Set a Fire – Will Reagan & United Pursuit 


May He grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! – Psalm 20:4

 

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Listening and Asking Questions

Mary and Joseph raised Jesus in a Godly home and went to the Passover Festival each year. In Luke 2:40-52, we read that Jesus would sit among the teachers in the temple courts at a young age; listening and asking questions (v. 46). In this particular instance, at the age of twelve, He took such an interest that no one knew that He was still there when Mary, Joseph, and their relatives started back home to Nazareth.

Jesus had seized the opportunity to learn from the teachers at the Temple; to develop His ministry and wisdom of the Lord. We should also seize every opportunity to learn from teachers and grow in our faith. If on our journey, we realize that Jesus is not with us, we should seek Him in the Word and prayer. This day with God will be amazing because He’s given us a plan for life and it is a treasure. The more we lose ourselves in this plan, the more passion we will have.

While reading this passage, it brought up memories in youth. We lived about 100 miles away from my grandparent’s house and we would visit often on Holidays; staying a few days. I can remember one time carrying our little dog named Gus with us.

On our return trip, we suddenly realized that Gus was not with us. We had left him back at my grandparent’s house. Gus was probably pre-occupied with a squirrel and didn’t notice we were loading everything up for our return trip back home.

You see: my old dog Gus would study squirrels from a young age and wanted to be the greatest squirrel dog ever. He was just born that way. I believe there is a lot to be learned from my old dog Gus. We should all want to be the best we can be at what we do; studying and learning so that we can be who we are meant to be.

I entered my dog Gus in a pet show at the Washington County Fair when I was around 10 years old

I entered my dog Gus in a pet show at the Washington County Fair when I was around 10 years old

 

 

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