Gospel of Luke 18:1-34

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Gospel of Luke
Paul J. Bucknell

Handling Hopelessness (Luke 18:1-8) | Facing Self-righteousness (Luke 18:9-14) | Caring for the Neglected (Luke 18:15-17)

False Confidence (Luke 18:18-27) | The Reward of Faithfulness (Luke 18:28-30) | Lesson to Remember (Luke 18:31-34)

Personal preparations that make an eternal difference!

What kind of preparations did the disciples need to face the sufferings of Christ?

How can we get ready now for what we yet need to face in the future?
An Introduction to the Gospel of Luke 18:1-34.

False Confidence

The rich young ruler

Luke 18:18-27

The Bible Text (Luke 18:18-27)

And a certain ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” And when Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad; for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But He said, “The things impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:18-27, NASB).

An Introduction (Luke 18:18-27)

The contrast between having or not having eternal life is startling. It seems that the problem of the self-righteous, “I don’t need Jesus” attitude, is more of a problem than one whom loses faith. Jesus again is tackling this topic.

This person featured here, however, does not compare himself favorably with others (as in Luke 18:9-14), though he might have that problem, but has a distorted view of God’s standard. He thinks well of himself because he believes he serves God well. As we continue on from this section up to verse 34, we will find that the disciples again are being seen as people like this. They were the prideful ones!

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The Bible Study Questions (Luke 18:18-27)

camel through eye of needle (Luke 18:25)• Who was talking to Jesus in Luke 18:18? What did he ask Jesus at that point?

• How would you answer the question if someone asked you, “What shall i do to obtain eternal life?”

• How did Jesus answer him (Luke 18:19-20)? (There are two parts to this answer though connected.)

• What was Jesus getting at by questioning why the ruler called Jesus a good teacher?

• Do you think think that the Ten Commandments Jesus here lists reveals God’s holiness? Explain?

• Which commands did Jesus mention? Which did He leave out (compare Exodus 20)?

• How did the ruler reply to Jesus in Luke 18:21?

• Jesus wasn’t impressed. What area of life did Jesus challenge the ruler with in verse 22?

• How did the ruler respond this time (18:22)? How was this response different? Why so?

• How did Jesus summarize the problem of the ruler in 18:24-25?

• What does Jesus mean by ‘a camel going through the eye of a needle’ (Luke 18:25)? Is it true?

• The man was highly respected for his values. How did the people respond to Jesus’ conclusion (Luke 18:26)?

• What did Jesus mean by saying, “The things impossible with men are possible with God” (18:27)? Do you know of a rich man that is saved? How did it happen?

“The things impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).

The Application Questions (Luke 18:18-27)

Would you consider yourself a good person? Are you good enough to gain favor with God? How do you know? What if God pointed out some deficient area of your life? Would you quickly respond in repentance or get ensnared in the fight to keep living the way you had been?

• It is often difficult to assess our love for riches unless we have forsaken them. What ways have you proven that you do not love riches and therefore have committed idolatry and covetousness? Make sure your answer includes advice Jesus gives in Luke 18:22.

• Can a rich man enter the kingdom of heaven? Why is it so hard? How does this affect evangelism in a rich and materialistic society? How does it affect your church?

A Summary (Luke 18:18-27)

Jesus not only attacks (1) the notion that anyone is naturally good enough for the kingdom of God but also (2) exposes the deep roots that sins have in the lives of every person.

People are often blind to their sins. This, of course, makes them all the more harmful, for without God’s grace enabling one to see his or her sins and grace to forsake them, then that one will perish.

Because of the increase of riches and security in the world, the church faces many more difficulties maintaining her purity and zeal.

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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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