Let’s Dive In


This week we are starting with Luke, our third gospel. You and/or your children might start complaining “but I’ve already read this…twice”. To this I say: a) repetition is good and that’s how you learn and b) Luke is different. It was specifically written to present an accurate and complete account of the life of Christ. This is the most comprehensive of the Gospels. It talks a lot about Jesus’ relationship with people, emphasizes prayer and miracles. A large part of what is written here is not in any other gospel. In other words, it is worth the read.

Please join us for our kick off event on July 10th at 6pm. We have Bible studies available for preschooler through adult.

Pick up your Luke booklet and accompanying family guide the next time you’re in church, but as always we will post our daily takeaways and key discussion topics here, so  even when you travel you can continue to read the Bible as a family.

Mon. July 8: Luke 1:1-25

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Luke carefully investigated all the stories about Jesus and wrote a summary for the rest of us.
  • John the Baptist’s dad was a priest. An angel came to him and told him that he would have a son named John who would be a powerful prophet.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • The angel tells Zechariah that John the Baptist will bring the people of Israel back to God and that John will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Who do you think John is getting the people ready for?

Tues. July 9: Luke 1:26-38

Today’s Takeaways:

  • The angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her that she was going to have a son named Jesus who was the son of God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he said “do not be afraid.” This is the same thing the angel said to Zechariah (John the Baptist’s dad).  Why do you think angels always say “do not be afraid” when they first approach people?

Weds. July 10: Luke 1:39-56

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus’ mom (Mary) and John’s mom (Elizabeth) were relatives. Mary visited Elizabeth while both of them where pregnant.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Mary is so happy about God’s promise to her that she sings a song praising God. Name one thing in your life that you should be extremely happy about and thank God for it.

Thurs. July 11: Luke 1:57-80

Today’s Takeaways:

  • John the Baptist was born and his mom and dad told everyone that they would name him John. That was surprising to people, because they thought the baby would be named Zechariah after his dad.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Zechariah wasn’t able to talk after the angel visited him. But after John was born, Zechariah’s voice came back and he prophesied.  Why do you think the first words out of Zechariah’s mouth were to praise God and prophesy about his son, John.

Fri. July 12: Luke 2:1-21

Today’s Takeaways:

  • The king of the Roman empire, Caesar Augustus, made a rule that everyone had to be counted in the city where they were born. Joseph and his wife Mary had to leave their home in Nazareth to go to Bethlehem to be counted.  Baby Jesus was born while they were in Bethlehem.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • This is the most famous Christmas story and is what everyone reads and thinks about on Christmas. Read it again, slowly, and notice the great details that Luke provides.  Is anything interesting or surprising to you?

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