Brave Hearts Ministry

Luke

Memory Verse:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10            
                        

Purpose:  To present an accurate account of the life of Christ
                as the perfect human and Savior.
Author:  Luke, a doctor, a Greek, and Gentile Christian.  
Date Written:  A.D. 60

Lesson 1:  Birth and Preparation of Jesus, the Savior
Lesson 2:  Jesus Ministry in Galilee
Lesson 3:  Jesus Ministry on the Way to Jerusalem
Lesson 4:  Jesus Ministry in Jerusalem
Lesson 5:  Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Savior

Lesson 1: Birth and Preparation of Jesus, the Savior

Luke 1:26-33  “An angel went to Mary and said, ’Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.’  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.’”

Luke 1:35,36 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Luke 1:38  “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered.  ‘May it be to me as you have said.’  Then the angel left her.”

Luke 2:1-20 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of he entire Roman world.  Everyone went to his own town to register.
Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
    There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified.  The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a


Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.
    When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the lord has told us about.’
    So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. “   

Questions

1.  How did Mary find out she was going to have a baby?  An angel told her.
2.  What was Mary’s reaction to that news?  She was greatly troubled.
3.  What does it mean to be greatly troubled?  Answers will vary.
4.  Where was Mary when the baby was born?  In Bethlehem.
5.  Why was she here?  Joseph had to register for the census and she came                             with him.
6.  She ended up in a stable having her baby.  Why do you think God let this
     Happen?  Maybe to show the humble beginning of the Son of Man.
7.  Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus had some visitors.  Who were they and where did they  come from?  They were shepherds and they came from the fields.
8.  What was their reaction when they saw the host of angels?  Afraid
9.  List the way God prepared for Jesus birth in order.  Angel visited Mary, told her of Jesus birth to her, Joseph went to Bethlehem to register for census,
inns all full so Jesus had to be born in a manger,  shepherds in fields, host of angels visited shepherds, shepherds visited Baby Jesus in Manger.
10.  Now think of events that have taken place in your life for things to work out.
Share events.

Summary:

Jesus’ birth was planned from who would be his earthly mother, father, brother and sisters. Where he would be born was planned. His reception onto earth on planned.  His name had been given him.  The shepherds in the field and the host of angels were all preplanned.  Nothing just happened in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.





Lesson 2: Jesus’ ministry in Galilee

Luke 14-20  “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.  He taught in their synagogues, and every one praised him.  

    He went to Nazareth, where he had been bought up and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue as was his custom.  He stood up to read.  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.  Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone on the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 31-35  Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.  They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.  In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, and evil spirit.  He cried out at the top of his voice, “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  
Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are, the Holy One of God!” “ Be Quiet!” Jesus said sternly.  “Come out of him!”  Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

Following are some of the miracles Jesus performed while in Galilee.

Luke 4:38-41  Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law and many others.
Luke 5:1-11  Jesus Provides a Miraculous Catch of Fish
Luke 5:12-15 Jesus heals a Man with Leprosy
Luke 5: 17-26  Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man    
 
Questions:

1.  Where did Jesus teach while in Galilee?  In the synagogues
2.  What was special about the scroll Jesus read in Nazareth?  It fulfilled         prophecy.
3.  Why were the people surprised at Jesus’ teaching in Capernaum?
      The message was given with such authority.
4.  What happened in the synagogue there?  A demon was removed from a                 man.





You can have a bible exercise with the children reading the other miracles listed.  Find a common thread that runs through all of Jesus’ miracles.
Discuss common day miracles that the children can relate to. Close calls with problems, things being provided when needed, etc.

Summary:

Jesus taught great crowds of people, especially through miracles.  Only those with eyes to see and hearts open saw the real miracles that were performed. We need to pray that God’s Spirit will help us understand all that Jesus did and is doing in our lives.


Lesson 3:  Jesus’ ministry on the way to Jerusalem

Luke 9:51-55  “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He sent messengers on ahead, who went into
a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’  But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village.”

Luke 10:1-11   “The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  He told them, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field.  Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves..  Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the read.  When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.  If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest with him; if not, it will return to you.
    Stay in that house, eating and dinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.  Do no move around from house to house.’
    ‘When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.  Heal the sick who are there and tell them, The kingdom of God is near you.  When you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, Even the dust of your town that sticks our feet we wipe off against you.  Yet be sure of this; The kingdom of God is near.’  
 
Luke 10:17-20  “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord even the demons submit to us in your name’  He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from the heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”





Jesus stopped along his way to Jerusalem and taught many lessons some using parables.  Following is a list of the lessons, parables, and where they are found in Luke.  You may pick and chose whichever ones you think will be most appropriate for your group.  Let the girls read the parables and interpret what they think the meaning is.  Many are hard to understand and will need your help.

Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Luke 10:26-42 Jesus Visits Martha and Mary.
Luke 11:1-4  Jesus teaches His Disciples about Prayer.
Luke 11:14-28 Jesus answers Hostile Accusations
Luke 11:29-32 Jesus warns against Unbelief
Luke 13:10-17 Jesus heals the Crippled Women
Luke 13:31-35  Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem
Luke 14:7-14  Jesus teaches about Seeking Humility
Luke 15:11-31 Jesus tells the Parable of the Lost Son
Luke 17:1-10  Jesus tells about Forgiveness and Faith
Luke 17:20-37 Jesus Teaches about the Coming of the Kingdom of God
Luke 18:15-17 Jesus Blesses the Children

Questions:

1. When Jesus prepared to go to Jerusalem he sent messengers ahead of Him. Why do you think he did this?  To prepare the people for his coming to their villages.
2. What were Jesus instructions to his messengers when they reached an unfriendly village?  Move on to another village that is friendly towards you.
3.  When the seventy-two returned what was their attitude?  Joy, even the demons submit to us.

Summary:

Jesus taught great crowds of people, especially through parables, which are stories that illustrate great truths.  But only those with ears to hear will understand.  We should pray that God’s spirit would help us understand the implications of these truths for our lives so we can become more and more like Jesus.
 

Lesson 4:  Jesus’ ministry in Jerusalem    

Luke 19: 28 -38   “Jesus went on ahead, going into Jerusalem,  riding on a donkey.  As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden.  Untie it and bring it here.  If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it, tell him, the Lord needs it.’
    

    Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”  They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
    They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.  He went along, people spread their cloaks on the road..
    When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen;
    ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.’”

I am going to list the lessons Jesus taught while in Jerusalem.  Select what you think is best for your group.  You may want to extend this lesson for one more week.  Select the lesson.  Pick a child to read the verses. Discuss what the lesson taught.


Luke 19:45-48 Jesus clears the Temple Again
Luke 20:1-8  Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus’  Authority
Luke 20:9-18  Jesus Tells the Parable of the Evil Farmers
Luke 20:20-26  Religious Leaders Question Jesus about Paying Taxes
Luke 20:27-39  Religious Leaders Question Jesus about the Resurrection
Luke 20:41-47  Religious Leaders Cannot Answer Jesus’ Question
Luke 21:1-4   A Poor Widow Gives All She Has
Luke 2d1:5-24  Jesus Tells About the Future
Luke 21:25-33  Jesus tells about His Return
Luke 21:34-37  Jesus Tells about Remaining Watchful

Questions:

1.What was special about the way Jesus came into Jerusalem?
  On a donkey, very humble, not like a king.
2.  Which ever lessons you chose to teach, make questions that are understandable to the children.  Help the children to understand that Jesus was not accepted by everyone.  There were those who wanted to get rid of Him.  Help the children to see that  the church leaders were threatened by Jesus’ knowledge and power over the people.

Summary:  

Jesus taught the same messages over and over hoping to get the people to understand the kingdom of God.  The Pharisees resented Jesus.  They couldn’t understand that He was talking about a heavenly Father, not an earthly father.  




Lesson 5:  Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the Savior

Luke 22:1-7   “Now the feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one the Twelve.  Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
    Then the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.”
 
Luke 22:10-22  “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.  Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, The Teacher asks; ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the  Passover with my disciples?’  He will show you a large upper room, all furnished.  Make preparations there.  
    When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of
God.  He took the cup, gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying “This is my Body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.  
    In the same say, after the supper he took the cup saying “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.  But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.  The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.”

I will list the steps that Jesus went through.  Please use what you feel will be beneficial to your group.  Again, you may pick out students to read the passages and discuss them.  I know most of the girls know the material but a review is always good plus they need to know where they can find it in the Bible.

Luke 22:39-46  Jesus Agonizes in the Garden
Luke 22:47-53  Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested
Luke 22:54-65  Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Luke 22:66-71  The Council of Religious Leaders Condemns Jesus
Luke 23:1-5  Jesus Stands Trial before Pilate
Luke 23:6-12  Jesus Stands Trial before Herod
Luke 23:13-25  Pilate Hands Jesus Over to Be Crucified
Luke 23:26-31 Jesus is Led away to Be Crucified
Luke 23:32--43 Jesus is Placed on the Cross
Luke 23:44-56 Covers Jesus Death on the Cross, Jesus Laid in the Tomb


Luke 24:1-52 Covers Jesus rising from the Dead, Appearing to Travelers on               the Road, Jesus appears to His Disciples, Jesus Ascends into Heaven.     
 
Questions:

1. What is another name for Passover?  The Feast of Unleavened Bread
2. What was special about this Passover?  Jesus would be eating it with them.
    before He suffered.
3. What was the meaning of the cup of wine and the broken bread?  Cup/ new
    covenant in His blood poured out for us. Bread/ Body given for you.   
4.  How did Peter and John know where to go to prepare for the Passover
    meal also this one known as The Last Supper?  They followed a man
    carrying a jar of water to his house.  The owner showed  them to the upper    
    room.
5.  How do you think this man just happened to be where Peter and John
    would see him?  This was all prepared by God.                 
6.  Who agreed to betray Jesus?  Judas.  
7.  Who entered him to make this possible?  Satan.
   

Discuss the following material as you go over it.  Try to tie it all together so the girls will realize what a unique plan God had made for His Son and how much His Son suffered for us.  

Summary:  

The Savior of the world was arrested and executed.  But death could not destroy him, and Jesus came back to life and ascended to heaven.  In Luke’s careful historical account, we receive the facts about Jesus’ resurrection.  We must not only believe that these facts are true, but we must also trust Christ as our Savior.  Remember, the forgiveness that Jesus offers to each of us results in Salvation and Eternal Life.        







The material for this study was taken from the Life Application Study Bible
NIV Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois and Zondervan Publishing House Grand Rapids, Michigan 2005

 
Posted 1.12.09