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Desire to be a better disciple?

SandalsJesus of Nazareth is one of the most attractive people of all time. But who is he really? In his lifetime, he gathered around him 12 disciples who walked with him -- literally -- for three years. Today his nominal followers number in the billions. But how many actually walk with him today?
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Becoming a faithful disciple of Jesus is a process. Jesus took twelve men with him to walk with him day-by-day and live with him for three years. The training wasn't all at once, though some of their experiences stood out like mountaintops. But many of the lessons centered around the incidents of life, a healing, the observation of a tree, the reaction of Jesus' enemies. Little by little he shared with them how he looked at life. He helped them see what was important and what was not. It was a journey, a process, and it took time.

akoloutheo, "to walk the same road, accompany, follow someone as a disciple."
mathetes, "learner, pupil, disciple, adherent."
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I want to invite you to a similar walk, a JesusWalk, through the Gospel of Luke. The point of this JesusWalk is not the destination but the process. For the most part, we'll be taking our time. Once a week we'll be looking at an incident or teaching, and meditating on it, letting it sink into our hearts. My prayer is that over time we will learn what only close followers learn about their Master. I want to take on his way of thinking, his way of acting, his faith. I want to be immersed in the process, this school of discipleship. I believe you do, too.

Why don't you walk with me on this JesusWalk?

Our purpose is not to develop knowledge, though we'll do that. Or learn Biblical Theology, though we'll explore that, too. Or explore all the possible interpretations of Jesus' words, though we'll examine some. Nor to debate and question and discuss, though there'll be ample opportunity in our various discussion groups. Our purpose on this JesusWalk is to apply Jesus' teachings to our own lives, to become disciples -- better disciples than we've been up to now.

You may not even be sure that you're a Christian at this point in your life. That's okay. I invite you on this JesusWalk, convinced that as you examine Jesus closely as part of this process, you'll want to follow him the rest of way.

Jesus and John: Early Ministry (3:1-4:13)

  1. A Voice Calling "Prepare" (3:1-6)
  2. Produce the Fruit of Repentance (3:7-14)
  3. Baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire (3:15-18)
    Essay: Spirit Baptism, the New Birth, and Speaking in Tongues
  1. Baptism of Jesus and Anointing with the Holy Spirit (3:18-23a)
    Genealogy (3:23b-38, not included)
  2. Jesus' Temptation (4:1-13)

Jesus in Galilee (4:14-9:50)

    Photos of Capernaum (175K)
  1. Jesus' Commission (4:14-19)
  2. Rejection at Nazareth (4:20-30)
  3. Confronting Demons at Capernaum (4:31-37, 41)
    Essay: Demonization and Deliverance in Jesus' Ministry
    Capernaum Photos
  4. Healing the Sick at Capernaum (4:38-44)
  5. The Call of Peter, James, and John (5:1-11)
  6. The Will to Make Lepers Whole (5:12-16)
  7. Salvation for the Whole Person (5:17-26)
    Essay: Religious Leaders in Jesus' Day
    Essay: Son of Man
  8. Calling Levi the Tax Collector (5:27-32)
  9. New Wine in Old Wineskins (5:33-39)
  10. Lord of the Sabbath (6:1-11)
  11. Selection of the Twelve Apostles (6:12-19)
  12. Blessings and Woes (6:20-26)
  13. Love Your Enemies (6:27-36)
  14. Forgiveness over Judgment (6:37-42)
  15. Good Tree, Good Fruit, Good Foundation (Luke 6:43-49)
  16. A Man with Authority (7:1-10)
  1. Raising the Widow's Son at Nain (7:11-17)
  2. Are You the One Who Is to Come? (7:18-28a)
  3. The Least in the Kingdom Are Greater than John (7:28b-35)
  4. Anointing by a Sinful Woman (7:36-50)
  5. Jesus' Traveling Band (8:1-3)
  6. Parable of the Soils 1 (8:4-10)
  7. Parable of the Soils 2 (8:11-15)
  8. Lamps Belong on Lampstands (8:16-21)
  9. Calming the Storm (8:22-25)
  10. The Demonized Man of the Garasenes (8:26-39)
  11. Touching the Hem of Jesus' Garment (8:40-48)
  12. Raising of Jairus' Daughter (8:40-42, 49-56)
  13. Sending Out the Twelve (9:1-10)
  14. Feeding the Five Thousand (9:10-17)
  15. Peter's Great Confession (9:18-21)
  16. Taking Up Your Cross Daily (9:22-26)
    Essay: What Crucifixion Was Like in Jesus' Day
  17. The Transfiguration (9:27-36)
  18. Jesus Sternly Rebukes His Disciples (9:37-56)
  19. Confronting the Disciples' Pride (Luke 9:46-56)

From Galilee to Jerusalem (9:51-19:27)

  1. The Priority of Following Jesus (9:57-62)
    Essay: Intro to Textual Criticism
  2. The Harvest is Plentiful but the Laborers Few (10:1-8)
  3. The Thin Line between Receiving and Rejecting (10:5-16)
  4. I Saw Satan Fall from Heaven (10:17-20)
  5. Joy Inspired by the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:20-24)
  6. The Good Samaritan (10:25-37)
  7. Mary Listens while Martha Labors (10:38-42)
  8. The Lord's Prayer (11:1-4)
  9. Ask, Seek, Knock in Your Praying (11:5-13)
  10. Overpowering the Strong Man (11:14-28)
  11. Good Eyes, Bad Eyes (11:29-36)
  12. Woe to the Pharisees (11:37-44)
  13. Guard Against Hypocrisy (11:45-12:3)
  14. Preparing for Martyrdom and Judgment (12:4-12)
  15. Parable of the Rich Fool (12:13-21)
  16. Winning the War against Worry (Luke 12:22-34)
    Selected Passages on the Second Coming of Christ
  17. Watching for the Master, Waiting for the Thief (12:35-40)
  18. Faithful Head Servants (12:41-48)
  19. Repent before Judgment Falls (Luke 12:49-13:9)
  20. Healing the Woman with a Bent Back (13:10-17)
  21. Mustard Seeds, Yeast, and Discouragement (13:18-21
  1. Strive to Enter the Narrow Door (Luke 13:22-35)
  2. Presuming Places of Honor (14:1-14)
  3. Parable of the Great Banquet (14:12-24)
  4. Cost of Discipleship (14:25-35)
  5. Parables of the Lost Sheep and Coin (15:1-10)
  6. Parable of the Prodigal Son (15:11-24)
  7. Parable of the Elder Brother (15:25-32)
  8. Parable of the Dishonest Steward (16:1-15)
  9. Pressing into the Kingdom (16:16-18)
  10. The Rich Man and Lazarus (16:19-31)
    Topic: Duty to the Poor
  11. Sin, Forgiveness, and Faith (17:1-6)
  12. Dutiful Servants (17:7-10)
  13. The Thankful Leper (17:11-19)

  14. Intro to Eschatology
    Parallels Lk 17 and Mt 24
  15. The Kingdom in Your Midst (17:20-21)
  16. One Is Taken, the Other Left (Luke 17:26-37)
  17. The Widow and the Unjust Judge (18:1-8)
  18. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (18:9-14)
  19. Little Children Come to Jesus (18:15-17)
  20. The Rich Young Ruler (18:18-23)
  21. Leaving All to Follow (Luke 18:24-34)
  22. A Blind Man's Insight and Insistence (Luke 18:35-43)
  23. Saving Zacchaeus (19:1-10)
  24. Parable of the Pounds (19:11-27)

Jesus in Jerusalem (19:28-21:36)

  1. The Triumphal Entry (19:28-40)
  2. Weeping Over Jerusalem and Cleansing the Temple (19:41 - 20:8)
  3. Parable of the Tenants and the Vineyard (20:9-19)
  4. Rendering to Caesar and to God (20:20-26)
  1. Marriage, Resurrection, and the Christ (Luke 20:27-44)
  2. The Poor Widow's Offering (20:45-21:4)
  3. Nation Shall Rise against Nation (21:5-19)
  4. Coming with Power and Great Glory (21:20-27)
  5. Watch and Pray (21:28-36)

Crucifixion and Resurrection (21:37-24:53)

  1. Judas' Betrayal (21:37-22:1-6)
  2. The Last Supper (22:7-20)

  3. Chronology of Jesus' Crucifixion
  4. The Greatest among You Serves (Luke 22:21-30)
  5. Simon, Strengthen Your Brothers (22:31-34)
  6. New Provisions for the Future (22:35-38)
  7. The Garden of Gethsemane (22:39-46)
  8. Jesus' Arrest (22:47-54a)
  9. Peter's Denial (22:54-62)
  10. Before the Sanhedrin (22:63-71)
  11. Before Pilate and Herod (23:1-25)
  1. Father, Forgive Them (23:26-38)
  2. The Thief on the Cross (23:39-43)
  3. Darkness and Death (23:44-49)
  4. Burial in Joseph's Tomb (23:50-56)
  5. The Resurrection (24:1-12)
  6. Appearance on the Road to Emmaus (24:13-35)
  7. Jesus Appears to His Disciples (24:36-46)
  8. Mission and Power (24:47-49)
  9. Ascension (24:50-53)

Infancy Narratives (1:5-2:52)

Preliminary Studies

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