A Simple Guide to Luke (Simple Guides to the Gospels 4)

A Simple Guide to Luke (Simple Guides to the Gospels 4)

By: Paul J. McCarren (author)Paperback

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The Gospel writers state they aim to tell the story of Jesus in a clear manner, but throughout Paul McCarren's years in ministry, he has seen that these simple and important messages are too often missed. In his Simple Guides to the Gospels series, McCarren provides a new translation of each Gospel book, leading readers chapter by chapter through the text. Each section includes scripture and a brief, engaging commentary about how readers can relate to the material. The Simple Guides introduce readers to life in early Christianity, describe points of controversy, and show how each section fits with those that went before. The Simple Guide to Matthew highlights many of Jesus' compelling sayings, stories such as the Sermon on the Mount, and key themes of Jesus' ministry, such as trust. The books in the Simple Guides to the Gospels series are available individually or together as a complete set.

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Paul J. McCarren, SJ, works at Loyola Retreat House and at St. Ignatius Church, both in Maryland, while continuing to write Simple Guides to the Bible. A Jesuit priest, he has spent many years in both parish and campus ministry.


Introduction Who Needs a Simple Guide to Luke's Gospel? A Simple Message Some Big Questions Answered by Luke's Gospel Acknowledgments The Gospel According to Luke Chapter 1 - Preparation for the Birth of Jesus 1:1-4 - Prologue 1:5-17 - How the birth of John was announced 1:18-25 - How Zechariah and Elizabeth reacted to the announcement 1:26-38 - Mary is asked to be the mother of Jesus 1:39-56 - Mary visits Elizabeth 1:57-66 - Reaction to the birth of Elizabeth's child 1:67-80 - What Zechariah said in his blessing of God Chapter 2 - Jesus is Born, Named, and Instructed 2:1-14 - Jesus is born and his birth is announced 2:15-21 - The announcement of Jesus' birth causes wonder; he's named 2:22-38 - Presenting the child Jesus 2:39-52 - Jesus grew up in God's care Chapter 3 - John, Preaching Righteousness, Baptizes Jesus-Which is Pleasing to God 3:1-9 - John preaches repentance 3:10-22 - John reviews the Commandments, tells good news, and baptizes Jesus 3:23-38 - Where did Jesus come from? Chapter 4 - Though Tempted to Seek Power and Glory, Jesus Seeks to Serve 4:1-13 - Jesus is tempted 4:14-30 - Jesus addresses people's need for the good news 4:31-44 - Jesus continues to teach and heal Chapter 5 - Jesus Invites Others to Join Him in Brining the Good News of Healing 5:1-11 - Jesus calls Simon and others 5:12-26 - Reaction to Jesus' healing is tumultuous 5:27-39 - Jesus invites a sinner to follow him - He defends rejoicing Chapter 6 - Jesus Discusses the Law, and Explains its Implications 6:1-11 - What is the Law of God? 6:12-19 - Jesus asks twelve to share his mission, then demonstrates it 6:20-36 - Jesus teaches how to accept God's blessings 6:37-49 - Jesus' disciples must learn forgiveness-and keep learning it Chapter 7 - Healing, and What It Means 7:1-10 - A Roman officer asks Jesus to heal a slave 7:11-17 - Jesus is moved with pity for a widow and her dead son 7:18-28 - John the Baptist' disciples ask about expectations; Jesus answers 7:29-35 - More about expectations 7:36-50 - Repentance seeks forgiveness Chapter 8 - Jesus Travels, Teaches, and Heals 8:1-10 - Taking to the road, telling stories 8:11-21 - Jesus prods his listeners to trust God's word 8:22-26 - A lake crossing reveals a lack of faith 8:27-39 - Most Gerasenes reject the Good News; one proclaims it 8:40-56 - Two people seek healing, and receive it Chapter 9 - What it Means to Follow Jesus 9:1-9 - Jesus sends out the twelve whom he commissioned 9:10-17 - The twelve returned from their mission with much still to learn 9:18-27 - Jesus explains what it means to follow him 9:28-36 - Some disciples see Jesus glorified 9:37-50 - Examples of misunderstanding Jesus 9:51-62 - It's time to be taken completely into the Father's care Chapter 10 - Traveling Towards Jerusalem, Jesus Teaches about Discipleship 10:1-12 - Jesus asks many to proclaim the nearness of the Kingdom 10:13-24 - How woeful to reject God's word; how satisfying to take it in 10:25-42 - Learning from Jesus Chapter 11 - What to Expect From God, your Father 11:1-13 - What is prayer? 11:14-26 - What's evil? 11:27-36 - What is happiness? 11:37-54 - What is selfishness? Chapter 12 - Making a Choice Between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the times 12:1-12 - God's Spirit inspires candor and calm 12:13-32 - This world inspires worry 12:33-48 - How to choose God's spirit 12:49-59 - Not everyone will want God's Spirit Chapter 13 - Now is the Time for Repentance 13:1-9 - What is sin? - How patient is God with sin? 13:10-21 - Whose deeds should we admire, ours or God's? 13:22-35 - There's only one way to enter God's Kingdom Chapter 14 - Jesus Presses His Hearers to Make a Choice 14:1-14 - Jesus asks the religious authorities to consider what they want 14:15-24 - A parable at the Pharisee's dinner 14:25-35 - Following Jesus means abandoning all else Chapter 15 - What Happens to Those Who Get Lost on the Way to the Kingdom? 15:1-10 - How do you feel when you find something that was lost? 15:11-32 - A parable about the relief repentance brings Chapter 16 - Do You Know What You Want? 16:1-18 - Where's your heart? 16:19-31 - A parable about deciding what you want Chapter 17 - Still on the Way to Jerusalem; Still Teaching about Repentance 17:1-10 - The disciples continue learning abut repentance and forgiveness 17:11-19 - God's Kingdom won't look like other kingdoms 17:20-37 - Jesus tells his disciples how to watch for the Kingdom Chapter 18 - How do you Pray; What do you Pray for? 18:1-14 - Two parables about praying 18:15-30 - Do people know what they want? 18:31-45 - How does one receive God's life? Chapter 19 - Why Is Jesus Going to Jerusalem? 19:1-10 - A chance meeting on the way 19:11-28 - We are invited to share God's power 19:29-40 - Arriving at Jerusalem 19:41-48 - Grief, dismay, and danger Chapter 20 - Arguments in the Temple about God's Power to Save 20:1-8 - Can you be saved if you think you're already righteous? 20:9-19 - A parable about ignoring God's plan to share his Kingdom 20:20-26 - Do you have to oppose earthly power to serve God? 20:27-40 - Whose plan will God follow in order to save us? 20:41-47 - What are people hoping the fulfillment of God's plan will look like? Chapter 21 - Teaching in the Temple about Expecting God's Kingdom 21:1-4 - A widow places everything in God's Care 21:5-19 - What will happen while you wait for the Kingdom? 21:20-38 - Preparing for the immediate future; preparing for redemption Chapter 22 - Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples - He is Arrested 22:1-13 - Two different preparations for the feast 22:14-23 - Jesus explains his desire to his disciples 22:24-38 - Jesus tries to explain power to his disciples 22:39-53 - Jesus prays, and is arrested 22:54-71 - Denial; condemnation Chapter 23 - Arranging and Achieving a Death 23:1-12 - Some administrative fun 23:13-25 - Condemning the innocent 23:26-38 - Carrying out the sentence 23: 39-56 - One more encounter before dying; death and burial Chapter 24 - Jesus, Risen, Preaches Repentance, then is Taken into Heaven 24:1-12 - The disciples can't find Jesus 24:13-31 - Jesus teaches two fleeing disciples about trust 24:32-43 - Jesus confronts the doubts of his disciples 24:44-53 - Jesus proclaims his message once more; He is taken up to heaven Index

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  • publication date: 23/11/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781442218826
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 174
  • ID: 9781442218826
  • weight: 231
  • ISBN10: 1442218827

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