- Life Stages
(Intent: Since Luke was not an Apostle (see Lk. 6:13-16), he interviewed eyewitnesses and conducted meticulous research to give him a precise understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.)
(Intent: A disciple is a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher. Discuss people’s initial thoughts on the accuracy of the Bible; the following questions will examine this and lead to some specific answers. See Mathew 26:56, Romans 3:2, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, and 2 Peter 1:19-21.)
(Intent: Discuss how different people observe somewhat different aspects of an event and emphasize different parts of the event. Yet all are true. Multiple consistent accounts add credibility to the story. Perceived inconsistencies are resolved by careful study of Scripture and other sources.)
(Intent: Historical accounts are subject to verification, which has implications not only on the accuracy of actions and words but on the believability of what was said. For example, if it's verified that the account of the resurrection is reliable, then Christ's words about raising every believer from the dead become very believable.)
(Intent: First, archaeology continues to substantiate the Bible. Nelson Glueck, a renowned Jewish archaeologist, wrote that "It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a Biblical reference" and asserted "the almost incredibly accurate historical memory of the Bible." Second, about 5366 manuscripts of the New Testament exist, compared to 7 manuscripts of other writings like Plato of the same era. The NT manuscripts are virtually consistent with each other and nearly identical to today's Bible. Also, they were written much closer to the original as opposed to other writings of the same period.)
Does Christianity stand the test of authenticity? Come be encouraged and invigorated as we walk through the gospel according to Luke, a man who knew why he believed what he believed and tested it's verisimilitude.
If God handed you a million dollars today to fuel His mission on earth, how would you invest it? What organizations, groups, charities, people groups, etc. would you give to, and why?
Sometimes special experiences have a way of snapping us back to reality more than a 1000 well-crafted words could ever do. Enter into one of those moments with Jillian Finkbeiner as she captures her last glorious moments with her mother.
"Great job!" "I am so proud of you!" "Way to go!" Some have known the power of these words spoken over them by a person they truly look up to. Expressions like "That's my boy!" or "That's my girl!" carry incredible significance in life. How much more the impact when God, the Creator of the Universe, rejoicingly speaks the words of "Well Done!" over you. This week's GROW Group Questions are a reflection on winning that moment with God.
Mine, mine, mine.... These words seem to repeatedly echo from the halls of households raising two and three year-olds. While many of us grew out of that language, not all of us grew out of that mindset. This week could be rewardingly uncomfortable as we examine whether 'mine' still has a place in our heart's language.