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Gospel of Luke

Luke 8:1-15

Kingdom Hearts

Paul J. Bucknell

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Luke 8:1-3

Purpose of Luke 8:1-15: To help us rightly approach God’s Word so that we can bear a rich crop. We are not focusing on the four categories as much as seeking to understand our own responses towards God’s Word and have a heart described to rightly receive God’s Word even as the good soil received the seed.

A) The Character of the Kingdom of God (Luke 8:1-3)

8:1 And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

1) Worth Preaching (Luke 8:1)

This is a message worth declaring. The kingdom of God was already powerfully entering the world (also Matt 13:1-9. 18-23). This is not set forth as something for the distant future or heaven but, for the then and now. If God’s kingdom is worth preaching then, then it remains to be so today. We might disagree with Jesus that this is an urgent message, but perhaps, like back then, we do not understand what God is doing through the preaching of the gospel. Yes, people might feel free not to believe, but indeed they have that freedom because they have heard, but do they have the freedom to believe? The proclamation of the kingdom of God stands as an urgent task for us due to the great need of the people and the beautiful transformation that it offers. Let’s look at verses 2-3.

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2) Worth Believing (Luke 8:2-3)

The transforming power of the kingdom of God is easily seen by Luke’s simple explanation of a few people who accompanied Jesus. They are the transformed. First, he identifies several women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses, among them was Mary Magdalene (different from Magdala). Something very significant happened in their lives where they had been totally convinced of the power of God’s kingdom and wanted to be with Jesus.

Mary was the one who had seven demons gone out. She had experienced the world apart from God and desperately sought Jesus for help and peace–and found it! God works deeply in hearts, not just the poor and destitute, but the rich too. Riches do not give peace but God’s promises. How do you understand the corruption and sickening indulgence around you? Joanna, also named here, had great wealth, as her husband oversaw Tetrarch Herod Antipater’s riches. She knew it wasn’t riches, fame or security that met the deep needs of human depravity, but she did discover the peace she was looking for in Jesus. Perhaps you were inflamed with a love of the world and now wonder if somehow you can separate yourself from that which has begun to control your own life. Or perhaps you had confidence in the human race until you recently saw man’s aggression, merciless violence, injustice or crude behavior.

3) Summary (Luke 8:1-3)

With this introduction, we are wondering what was Jesus saying that could bring about such transformation, or why is it that such people–great numbers of people, were following and listening to Jesus? Luke accurately passes to us one of Jesus’ parables to clarify the nature of the kingdom of God, the Parable of the Sower.

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Biblical Foundations for Freedom - Resources on the Gospel of Luke

(Luke 1-3)

Luke Introduction web
Luke Teaching Outline (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:26-38 Christmas Lights pdf
Luke 1:31-33 Be Great pdf
Luke 1:45-55 Christmas Prayer (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:56-75 Notes (Check NT Library)
Luke 1:57-80 John's Birth pdf
Luke 2:1-20 Jesus' Birth pdf
Luke 2:8-20 Good News (Check NT Library)
Luke 3:21-38 Genealogy (Check NT Library)

(Luke 4-9:36)

Luke 5:27-32 Needy pdf
Luke 5:33-35 Fasting Discipline pdf
Luke 5:36-39 New-Wineskins pdf
Luke 6:1-11 Sabbath pdf
Luke 6:11-19 Character & Calling (Check NT Library)
Luke 7:1-10 Faith web
Luke 7:11-17 Widow & Son web
Luke 7:18-35 John the Baptist web
Luke 7:36-50 Two-debtors web
Luke 7:1-50 Faith pdf
Luke 8:22-25 Storm-Stilled (Check NT Library)
Luke 8:26-39 Demoniac pdf
Luke 8:40-56 Power-Death pdf
Luke 9:1-36 Handout Questions (Check NT Library)
Luke 9:1-10 Sending out Twelve web
Luke 9:11-17 Feeding of 5000 web
Luke 9:18-26 Life of Denial - Questions web
Luke 9:27-36 Glory of Christ web

(Luke 9:37-11)

Luke 9:37-48 Greatness (Check NT Library)
Luke 9:45-55 Pride & Leadership pdf
Luke 9:57-62 Discipleship web | pdf | Questions web
Luke 9:57-10:2 Mission Ready web | podcast
Luke 10:1 Mission Involvement web
Luke 10:2a Mission Worldview web
Luke 10:2b Prayer & missions web
Luke 11:1-5 Content of Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-26 Participating in Prayer (Check NT Library)
Luke 11:14-28 Prayer Strategy pdf
Luke 11:5-13 Persistent in Prayer (Check NT Library)

(Luke 12-19:27)

Luke 12:25-26 A Perspective on Worry web
Luke 13:1-5 Understanding Disasters web
Luke 13:18-19 Mustard Seed pdf
Luke 13:20-30 Leaven & Decisions pdf
Luke 13:31-35 Mission Growth (Check NT Library)
Luke 14:1-14 Teaching web | pdf
Luke 14:15-35 Commitment web | pdf
Luke 15:1-2 Lost pdf
Luke 15:3-10 Lost Sheep (Check NT Library)
Luke 15:11-32 Lost Son (Check NT Library)
Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus pdf
Luke 17:11-19 Perfect Response pdf
Luke 18:1-34 Being Prepared (Check NT Library)
Luke 18:1-8 Hopelessness web
Luke 18:9-14 Self-righteous web
Luke 18:15-17 Neglected web
Luke 18:18-27 False-Confidence web
Luke 18:28-30 Faithfulness web
Luke 18:31-34 Remember web
Luke 18:35-43 Blind Man (Check NT Library)
Luke 19:1-10 Tax Collector pdf
Luke 19:11-27 Ten Minas (Check NT Library)

LUKE 19:28-24)

Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday pdf
Luke 19:35-38 Entry web
Luke 19:41-44 Weep Lost (Check NT Library)
Luke 19:45 20-47 Preach pdf
Luke 20:26-40 Eternity (Check NT Library)
Luke 22:1-06 The-Plot web
Luke 22:1-30 Introduction web
Luke 22:7-13 The Preparation web
Luke 22:14-23 The Passover web
Luke 22:24-30 Leadership web
Luke 22:1-30 Lord's Supper pdf
Luke 22:29-36 Temptation (Check NT Library)
Luke 22:31-65 Temptation Handout (Check NT Library)
Luke 24:13-35 Questions pdf
Luke 24:13-53 Resurrection (Check NT Library)



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