We have entered a new month and that means a brand new Bible Study :)
I'm so excited for this coming month and all the preachings around this subject. Here is the new theme for SOS Church Stockholm. Enjoy it!
Theme: Who is your neighbor?
A Joyful Message to the Poor!
We study the Gospel of Luke deeper - the gospel to the poor.
Date and author:
The Gospel of Luke was written by Doctor Luke approximately 75 AD. Luke is also the author of the Book of Acts (volume 2) that carries his name. Luke was born in Antioch and most
likely converted to the Christian faith by the persecuted and scattered "Jerusalem disciples" after the death of Stephen (Acts11:19, 13:1) Luke was also a travel companion of Apostle Paul for a
while and has been an eyewitness to many of the stories told in the Book of Acts. (Acts 16:10-17, 20:5-16, 21:1-18, 27:1-28:16) Luke is also telling the story of Paul, Philip, Barnabas, James the brother of the Lord and Mark. When it comes to writing his gospel (volume 1) Luke interviewed many eyewitnesses to the events recorded, one of them was most likely Mary the mother of Jesus. You can clearly tell that a doctor is the author in passages like Luke 4:23, 5:12, 17, 6:6, 8:43, 22:44, 51. Many words used in this gospel are very characteristic for a physician of that era and time. Luke almost even sounds like a psychologist in passages like Luke 18:34, 23:12, 24:21. If the gospel of Mark can be called "Peter's gospel" because of Mark telling Peter’s story, then the gospel of Luke could be called "Paul's gospel" or "Mary's gospel" because of telling their stories...
Receiver and purpose:
Luke writes to Theophilus a high Roman official who is rather new in his faith. Luke writes to tell that the gospel is for:
1) The Gentiles and that Jesus is the Savior of the world and not just sent to the Jewish people. Luke 2:1, 32, 3:1, 37, 7:1-10, 23:47
2) The gospel to the lost.
Luke 5:29-32, 7:36-50, 15:1-31, 19:1-10, 23:39-43
3) The gospel to the poor.
4) The gospel to the women.
Luke 1:26-27, 39-41, 2:36, 7:13, 36-50, 8:2-3, 10:38-42, 24:10
5) The gospel of prayer.
Luke 3:21, 5:16, , 6:12, 9:29, 11:5-10, 18:1-8, 9-14, 22:40-46, 23:46
6) The gospel - a message of joy.
Luke 1:46-55, 67-79, 10:17, 21, 15:7, 10, 24:41
The gospel to the poor
1) The poor favored.
Luke 1:53, 6:20
2) Jesus warns us not to be greedy.
3) Poor rewarded in eternity.
4) Generosity breaks Phariseeism and cleanses us from religion.
5) a) Storing up treasure in Heaven by giving to the poor.
b) Rewarded for giving to the poor in eternity.
Luke 14:13-14, 21
c) Using earthly wealth to gain friends in heaven.
6) Aggressively bringing possessions of this world to be used for building the kingdom of Jesus on earth.