Series 6. The Infancy Narrative (Luke 1:5-2:52)
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8 Lessons (Lessons A-H)

Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst (1590-1656), Adoration of the Shepherds (Die Anbetung der Hirten, Adorazione dei Pastori, 1622)If you're just joining Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel during the Advent season -- Welcome! The focus of this series is Jesus' disciple-training mission, with each of 120 lessons in the series aimed at grasping the lessons that Jesus sought to impart to his disciples.

Unlike most studies of Luke, I've chosen to conclude our study of Luke with the accounts of Jesus' birth rather than begin there. That is because Jesus' discipling ministry began at about age 30. However, from Luke's perspective as an evangelist, the infancy narratives are important because they help the reader understand just who Jesus is. He is the Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born into a loving human family.

Jesus is not just a precocious young man who rose to great renown. He is sent from the Father into this world for a particular mission that will climax with the cross and salvation. As you study the story of these events, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for how Jesus' birth is part of God's plan throughout the ages.

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  1. Zechariah's Vision in the Temple (1:5-25). Audio (21:50)
  2. The Annunciation to Mary (1:26-38). Audio (11:23)
  3. Mary Visits Elizabeth (1:39-56). Audio (17:28)
  4. Birth of John the Baptist (1:57-80). Audio (22:01)
  5. Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem (2:1-7). Audio (11:41)
  6. Shepherds in Bethlehem (2:8-20). Audio (24:34)
  7. Meeting Simeon and Anna in the Temple (2:21-38). Audio (25:56)
  8. The Boy Jesus at the Temple (2:39-52). Audio (21:34)

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