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The

New Testament
and the

Church

Chapter A

The Bible: The Gospel of Luke

Chapter Summary
The Bible: The Gospel of Luke
This chapter will explore the Gospel of Luke, the last of
the synoptic Gospels.
Luke casts a wide net, reaching out to all and inviting
them to the Kingdom.
Luke makes special effort to portray Jesus love and
concern for the poor, outcasts, sinners, women, and
Gentiles.

Jesus Welcomes Those Who Are Poor


(Luke 16:1931)

In Lukes Gospel, Jesus shows special love for


those who are poor and urges the rich to be in
solidarity with them.

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus


illustrates Jesus attitude toward the rich and
the poor.
Jesus calls us to compassion for and service
to the poor among us.
Jesus holds all people accountable to share
the gifts with which they have been blessed.

Jesus Welcomes Those Who Are Poor


(Luke 16:1931)

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Discussion Questions
What does it mean to be poor?
Is it easy to tell if a person is poor?
How does Luke emphasize Jesus
special concern for the poor?

Jesus Welcomes Women


(Luke 7:3650)

Lukes Gospel places emphasis on Jesus


concern for women, who were greatly
marginalized in society.

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Jesus ignored social and religious


restrictions regarding women.
Lukes story of Jesus anointing by the
sinful woman shows Jesus ignoring
social and religious norms to lift up a
higher law.

Jesus Welcomes Women


(Luke 7:3650)

In Lukes Gospel, Jesus often shows Gods generous and inclusive


love through his concern for women.
Activity
Read Luke 7:3650.
What words does Luke use to
describe the woman?
What does she do for Jesus?
What were the Pharisees concerns
about Jesus?
What did Jesus think about the
woman? How did he respond to her?
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Jesus Welcomes Outcasts and Sinners


(Luke 15:1132)

Luke shows Jesus compassion and


forgiveness for sinners and other
outcasts.

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Lukes Gospel contains many


stories about Jesus special love
for outcasts and sinners.

Jesus Welcomes Outcasts and Sinners


(Luke 15:1132)

The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:1132) shows Gods


compassion and forgiveness for even the worst sinner.
Jesus portrays Gods great desire to be in relationship
with all his children, even those who have strayed.
Discussion Questions
How do you think the Parable
of the Lost Son ends?
What do you think the older
brother does next?
What would you do?
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Jesus Welcomes Everyone


(Luke 17:1119)

Luke, a Gentile himself, makes clear that non-Jewish


converts are included in Gods plan of salvation.
Gods plan of salvation
includes all people. Lukes
Gospel emphasizes that
Jesus reached out to Jews
and Gentiles alike.
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Jesus Welcomes Everyone


(Luke 17:1119)

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Lukes stories of the Good


Samaritan and the cleansing of
the ten lepers portray Jesus
welcoming Gentiles into
discipleship.
This welcome extends to all people
today, including us, even when we
stray from Gods path for us.
How do you think Jesus felt when
only one of the ten people who were
healed in Luke 17:15 thanked him for
what he had done?