Series 3. Jesus' Judean Ministry (part 1; Luke 9:57-15:10)

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James Tissot, 'The Exhortation to the Apostles'Now Luke's focus shifts from Galilee south to the towns and villages of Judea, as "Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51). We probe the costs of being a true disciple that challenges us to whole-hearted commitment. Jesus sends out 70 of his disciples two by two to learn to preach and heal, with very specific instructions on how to approach this with dynamic faith. We study:

  • The fall of Satan
  • The Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Mary and Martha, and the lesson of prioritizing time with Jesus over work
  • The Lord's Prayer and other lessons on persistent prayer to "overcome the strong man."
  • The Parable of the Rich Fool with its powerful lesson on the deceitfulness of riches.
  • Warnings against hypocrisy and a religion that is more outward than inward.
  • The Parable of the Lost Sheep, about Jesus' priority for finding and rescuing the lost.
  • and much, much more.

We also begin to see Jesus' teaching on preparing our hearts for the End Times. Sign up today to continue your training as an authentic disciple of Jesus.

26 Lessons (Lessons 41-66)

Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Lessons compiled in 805-page book in paperback, Kindle, & PDF.
  1. The Priority of Following Jesus (9:57-62). Audio (18:15)
    Essay: Introduction to Textual Criticism. Audio (12:56)
  2. The Harvest is Plentiful but the Laborers Few (10:1-8). Audio (27:35)
  3. The Thin Line between Receiving and Rejecting (10:5-16). Audio (29:21)
  4. I Saw Satan Fall from Heaven (10:17-20). Audio (22:12)
  5. Joy Inspired by the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:20-24). Audio (22:30)
  6. The Good Samaritan (10:25-37). Audio (28:39)
  7. Mary Listens while Martha Labors (10:38-42). Audio (18:02)
  8. The Lord's Prayer (11:1-4). Audio (22:19)
  9. Ask, Seek, Knock in Your Praying (11:5-13). Audio (21:29)
  10. Overpowering the Strong Man (11:14-28). Audio (29:36)
  11. Good Eyes, Bad Eyes (11:29-36). Audio (18:25)
  12. Woe to the Pharisees (11:37-44). Audio (23:34)
  13. Guard Against Hypocrisy (11:45-12:3). Audio (25:31)
  14. Preparing for Martyrdom and Judgment (12:4-12). Audio (28:39)
  15. Parable of the Rich Fool (12:13-21). Audio (24:48)
  16. Winning the War against Worry (Luke 12:22-34). Audio (26:38)
  17. Watching for the Master, Waiting for the Thief (12:35-40). Audio (20:18)
  18. Faithful Head Servants (12:41-48). Audio (19:55)
  19. Repent before Judgment Falls (Luke 12:49-13:9). Audio (25:32)
  20. Healing the Woman with a Bent Back (13:10-17). Audio (23:18)
  21. Mustard Seeds, Yeast, and Discouragement (13:18-21). Audio (12:22)
  22. Strive to Enter the Narrow Door (Luke 13:22-35). Audio (24:47)
  23. Presuming Places of Honor (14:1-14). Audio (20:43)
  24. Parable of the Great Banquet (14:12-24). Audio (19:45)
  25. Cost of Discipleship (14:25-35). Audio (19:35)
  26. Parables of the Lost Sheep and Coin (15:1-10). Audio (16:04)

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