Luke 10

  1. 10:1-12.How do these verses show the urgency both in Jesus’ own concern for evangelism, and in the work he gives to his disciples?
    What is the reason for this urgency?
    In what activities ought it to make us engage?
  2. What do these verse verses show of the greatness of our privileges in Christ?
    In how many of them are you sharing?
  3. Verses 21, 22. What caused this outburst of joy?
    What does this prayer teach us of:
    (a) the Father’s method of working,
    (b) Jesus’ unique relationship to the Father?
  4. Consider the summary of the law in verse 27. Is it an adequate summary?
    How does Jesus’ story guard against a misinterpretation of it?
    Who is your neighbor?
    And how can you prove yourself to be a neighbour?
  5. Verses 38-42. Martha and Mary were concerned about different things.
    Which did Jesus consider the more important, and how did he solve the tension between them?

Note. Verse 42. The ‘one thing’ may well be a pun, implying that there is no need for an elaborate meal, and Mary, by choosing to listen to Jesus, has chosen the best dish!


Luke 9: 46 – 62

  1. Verses 43-56. Further failures of the disciples.
    Why did they find it so hard to understand Jesus’ teaching or to practice it?
    Do you find the same difficulties?
    How are they overcome?
    Cf. Phil. 2:3-8.
  2. 9:57-62.How would you describe the three different types of people deterred to here?
    Why was Jesus not satisfied with their response to his summons to follow him?
    Why was Jesus not satisfied with their response to his summons to follow him?
    Contrast Jesus’ own attitude (verse 51).


Note.  The Analysis shows a new section of the Gospel begins at verse 51.
But verses 51-56 are included in this study because they also record an example of failure on the part of the disciples.


Luke 9:28-45

  1. Verses 28-36. What lessons would the disciples learn from this experience about the real character and mission of Jesus? Can you find any connections with the truths they had been taught the previous week (verses 20-27)?
  2. Verses 37-43. Note the disciples’ failure (verse 40). Do you find any significance in the fact that this followed a week of new revelations (verses 22-27)? What ought we to learn from this?


  1. Verse 23. ‘Take up his cross’: like a condemned criminal on the way to execution.
  2. Verse 27. See NBC.
  3. 30. Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets. They were God-given guides whose endorsement of fresh teaching was important. Cf. Mal. 4:4-6.



Luke 9:1-27

  1. Verses 1-6. A new development in the work.
    Picture the twelve travelling as described here.
    What lessons would they themselves learn, and what would be the impact on those who saw and heard them?
  2. Verses 10-17. What light do these verses throw on the unselfish love of Jesus, and on his concern for both physical and spiritual needs?
    Putting yourself in the place of the disciples, what would you have learned from the incident?
  3. Verses 18-27. Trace the connection between the three sections: verses 18-20; 21, 22; 23-27.
    What does this teach us concerning:
    (a) the goals that Jesus was out to reach, and
    (b) the demands he makes on those who would follow him?

Luke 8:40-56

  1. Verses 43-48. Try to enter into woman’s hopes and fears.
    What made her touch different from that of the rest of the crowd?
    Do you have any experiences or a testimony similar to hers?
  2. What do these two stories teach us about the importance and nature of faith, and the need to continue in faith?
    Cf. Heb. 3:14.

Luke 8:22-39

  1. Verses 22-25. ‘Where is your faith?’
    In what was their faith defective?
    What did they learn from the incident?
  2. Verses 26-39. Compare the man’s condition before and after he met Jesus.
    What evidence can you find of the reality of the change?
    What can we learn from this about Jesus’ power to save
  3. Verses 35-39. What caused the different reactions to Jesus of the cured man and his fellow countrymen? Why did Jesus grant the request of those who wanted to be rid of him, and refuse that of the man he had saved?


Luke 8:1-21

  1. What made the woman act as she did? Cf. 8:2, 3.
    Have you a similar incentive?
    How can it be expresses?
  2. Verses 4-15. What sorts of people do the four kinds of soil represent?
    What experience have you of the truth of this parable in yourself and in others?
  3. Verses 16-21. What do these verses teach about:
    (a) the responsibilities and
    (b) the privileges of Jesus’ followers?
  4. Why did Jesus now adopt the method of teaching by parables (verses 9, 10)?
    Do verses 4 and 18 provide a clue?