Luke 1:1-4

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Luke 1:1-4 – An Intro


  • Why did Luke write the letter?
  • What does this Gospel letter teach us?
    • Jesus is the Son of Man
    • Jesus in His humanity
    • The historical certainty of the life of Jesus
  • The emphasis of Jesus’ ancestry, birth and early life before moving through His earthly ministry.
  • Luke was a gentile and Paul referred to him as the beloved physician (Col. 4:10-14)
  • Luke was not an eyewitness to the life of Christ but was a co-laborer with Paul. (2 Tim. 4:11)
  • We/Us passages – Acts 16:1-17; Acts 20:5-21:18; Acts 27:1-28:18
  • Wrote Luke and Acts around A.D. 60 as a two-volume work to Theophilus.
  • Key Themes
    • Salvation (Luke 1:69, Luke 1:77, Luke 2:30, Luke 19:9-10)Salvation for all people – Gentiles. Outcasts. Women.Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22, Luke 12:12)Discipleship (Luke 6:40, Luke 9:23-27, Luke 14:25-33,
    • Prayer (The emphasis on Jesus and prayer)

Luke is laying the foundation and credibility of his letter to Theophilus and the world.  We get a picture of the impact Jesus Christ had on those first believers and the early church.

They followed Christ closely

  • They personally knew Christ
  • The things accomplished
  • From the beginning
  • Eyewitnesses
  • Ministers of the Word
    • Servants of the word

They wrote the words of Christ carefully

  • It was very important for them to get it right.
  • It was real… the truth
  • Narrative of the things
  • Followed closely
  • Written and orderly account
    • Did research
    • Spoke with people

They understood the life of Christ should be lived with certainty

  • You may have certainty
    • To know fully, to come to know, to gain or receive full knowledge of, become fully acquainted with.
    • He had heard, but Luke wants HIM TO KNOW
    • Not wavering
    • The assurance to keep going
    • Trust in His Lordship (Great Shepherd – Psalm 23:1-6)
      • His care for us
      • His provision for us
      • His leadership for us