Mission Ready

Gospel of Luke 9:57-10:2

Paul J. Bucknell

Gospel of Luke

Mission Ready | Heart Preparation & Questions (Luke 9:57-62)

Mission Involvement (Luke 10:1) | Biblical Worldview (Luke 10:2a) | Prayer (Luke 10:2b)

Four ways to make us mission ready just like our Master Jesus!

This is a free Bible study on the key Luke 9:57-62 passage.

Bible Study Questions

Mission Ready

Luke 9:57-62

The Bible Text (Luke 9:57-10:2)

9:57 “And as they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” 60 But he said, “Permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 And another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 (from NASB).

An Introduction (Luke 9:57-62)

We gain a great deal of insight when we carefully listen to what Jesus expected when He called the disciples to follow Him. In the Bible study below, we will find our common description of a Christian is not quite the same as Jesus' description. What are we to then do? (Commentary on Luke 9:57-62)

The Bible Study Questions (Luke 9:57-62)

  1. What is is it that one disciple suddenly said to Jesus while they were walking along together on the road (Look at Luke 9:57 to find the answer)?

  2. How might you respond to such a statement from a brother wanting to follow Jesus like this (Luke 9:58)? (Notice this answer is an opinion rather than an answer in the biblical text).
  3. How did Jesus respond to him (Luke 9:58)?

  4. From Jesus’ answer in Luke 9:58, what was Jesus trying to tell this disciple?

  5. What are the first words of Luke 9:59? What does the word ‘another’ indicate? Do you think that the first disciple’s words also are a response to Jesus’ call, “Follow me”?

  6. What did this disciple say in Luke 9:60?

  7. How would you respond to such a disciple’s words?

  8. How did Jesus respond? Why?

  9. We find a third person responding to Jesus’ widespread call to ‘Follow me.’ How did this person state his willingness to follow Jesus in Luke 9:61?

  10. How did Jesus respond to him in Luke 9:62? What does the illustration “After putting his hand to the plow and looking back” refer to on a farm?

  11. How does Jesus’ caution here in Luke 9:62 differ or similar to the one in 9:60?

The Application Questions

  1. Do you think Jesus wants all of His disciples to without reserve follow Him? Is this what this passage is about? Why or why not?

  2. Why does Jesus three times not encourage but warn His disciples after they express their willingness to follow Him? Usually we never add any caution to them following Jesus. Is this good or bad?

  3. In thinking about Luke 9:58, we see that Jesus is challenging those who say they want to follow Him by telling them it is not always easy to follow Jesus. Share some examples of how it might be difficult to follow Jesus in His day and in your own context.

  4. As we think about Luke 9:60, we find Jesus challenging those disciples who make bargains with Jesus. They think that they are in charge of their choices in life. If they have something important to do, then they need decide what to do. How does a ‘Master-servant’ concept help us understand the problem here? Which approach do you use in your everyday life?

  5. What particular problem is Jesus targeting among His professing disciples in Luke 9:62? Is consistency a problem behind Christians that you know? What is the root problem behind persistence in faith? How do you think about Christians that are inconsistent in their faith?

  6. After reading Luke 9:57-62, how would you answer the person who asked you, “What is a Christian?”

“And He (Jesus) said to another, “Follow Me.”” (Luke 9:60).

Biblical Foundations for Freedom - Resources on the Gospel of Luke

(Luke 1-3)

Luke Introduction pdf
Luke Teaching Outline pdf
Luke 1:26-38 Christmas Lights pdf
Luke 1:45-55 Christmas Prayer pdf
Luke 1:56-75 Notes pdf
Luke 1:57-80 John's Birth pdf
Luke 2:1-20 Jesus' Birth pdf
Luke 2:8-20 Good News pdf
Luke 3:1-38 Jesus & John pdf
Luke 3:21-38 Genealogy pdf

(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 pdf
Luke 7:1-10 Faith html
Luke 7:11-17 Widow & Son html
Luke 7:18-35 John the Baptist html
Luke 7:36-50 Two-debtors html
Luke 7:1-50 Faith pdf
Luke 8:22-25 Storm-Stilled pdf
Luke 8:26-39 Demoniac pdf
Luke 8:40-56 Power-Death pdf

Luke 9:1-36 Handout Questions pdf
Luke 9:1-10 Sending out Twelve html
Luke 9:11-17 Feeding of 5000 html
Luke 9:18-26 Life of Denial - Questions html
Luke 9:27-36 Glory of Christ html
Luke 9:37-48 Greatness pdf
Luke 9:45-55 Pride & Leadership pdf
Luke 9:57-62 Discipleship html | pdf | Questions html | pdf
Luke 9:57-10:2 Mission Ready html | pdf {See NT Library for more}
Luke 10:1 Mission Involvement html
Luke 10:2a Mission Worldview html
Luke 10:2b Prayer & missions html
Luke 11:1-5 Content of Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-26 Participating in Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-28 Prayer Strategy pdf
Luke 11:5-13 Persistent in Prayer pdf

(Luke 12-19:27)

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

LUKE 19:28-24)

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

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