by Pastor Gene
- How did Jesus still the storm in Luke 8:24? Anything odd about the words used here? Does it remind you of something else? Compare this verse to Luke 4:35 and 4:39. What do these verses teach us about the ‘worldview’ of biblical times?
- Read Ephesians 6:10-20. Why is it significant that these ‘spiritual warfare’ passages immediately follow Paul’s teachings about the family (5:22-6:4) and how believers should conduct themselves in the workplace (6:5-9)?
- Why are 1 Peter 5:8 and 2 Corinthians 2:11 important to consider within the context of the Christian family?
- After stilling the storm, two important questions are recorded in Luke 8:25. What are they and how do they apply to our walk?
- When Jesus healed the demon-possessed man in Luke 8:27-39, He upset an entire community. Why is that? Why weren’t the man’s neighbors rejoicing that he’d been delivered? Compare this story with the one found in Acts 16:16-39. How are they similar? What can we learn from this about our own work in our own city? How do believers and Churches suffer when a community becomes comfortable with evil in its midst? How might Luke 8:38 encourage us to press on?
- Would it be worth distributing 5000 Bibles if we knew only one soul would be saved? Consider the value of the ‘one’ in Luke 15:1-7. Also, look at Luke 15:10.
- Consider God’s heart toward the lost or strayed sheep in Ezekiel 34. First, look at His indictment against the shepherds who have not cared for the sheep (34:1-10). Second, look at what God Himself promises to do for His sheep (34:11-16). What does this teach us about the Church’s mission in the world? Or about our mission in Old Woony?
- In Luke 8:40-56, Jesus brought Jairus’ daughter back from death. What are some of the lessons that dads can learn from this story? What did the girl’s father do? Why do you think the story of the woman with the issue of blood is inserted into the middle of the story (Luke 8:42-48)? How does its placement there impact the story of Jairus’ daughter which bookends it?
- When someone from Jairus’ house told him, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more,” Jesus replied, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” What can we learn from this exchange?
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