Date: Sunday, August 18, 2020
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
Last Sunday, we looked at how Jesus instructed the crowds of how they should prepare themselves in anticipation of His return, and that they should judge what is right. This week, Jesus continues with this same exhortation, and tells the crowds to repent. He points how living right with God should be manifested in their fruitfulness, which can be seen in their responsiveness to Him, and then in how they live out their faith in love. He also points out that although the kingdom of God will grow, so will those who oppose His work. We are called to examine where we stand in relationship to God and His kingdom by reading through Luke 13:1-21.