The Journey to Jerusalem
The Duties and Privileges of Discipleship
Luke 9:51 – 62)
On His way to Jerusalem Jesus outlined the following duties to be fulfilled by His would be followers:
The decision to follow Jesus gives privileges such as:
The Mission of the Seventy Two - Luke 10:1 – 24
Jesus chose 72 disciples (70 in other versions) and sent them in twos ahead of Him to preach and heal.
A Committed Follower of Jesus
Luke 10:25 – 11:1 – 13
Commitment means dedication and devotion to a certain responsibility.
(i) The parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10:25 – 37)
Characteristics of true discipleship of Jesus from the parable of the Good Samaritan
(ii) Jesus visits Martha and Mary - Luke 10:38 – 42
Jesus response to Martha brings out the following teachings of a committed follower:
A committed follower should:
(iii) Jesus’ teaching on Prayer - Luke 11:1 – 13
Jesus taught His disciples on how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer and the parable of the friend at midnight.
The Lord’s Prayer has six petitions
Addressing God as “Father” (Abba in Aramaic).
(iv) Parable of a friend at midnight - Luke 11:5-13
Reasons why Christians pray
The relevance of Jesus’ teachings on discipleship to Christians today
Use of God’s Power to Overcome Evil - Luke 11:14 – 36
a) Jesus and Beelzebul Luke 11:14 – 23
(b) The return of the unclean spirit: Luke 11:24 – 28
The Christians should not give Satan a chance to reoccupy their hearts but allow the Holy Spirit to permanently guide them.
(c) The sign of Jonah Luke: 11:29 – 32
The sign of Jonah and queen of Sheba illustrates that pagans were able to recognize God’s presence unlike the Jews who have rejected Jesus and fail to see God’s saving power in him.
If the Jews refuse to listen to Jesus who is greater than Jonah and the Queen of Sheba, God will reject them and the Gentiles will receive God’s salvation.
(d) The light of the body (Luke 11:33 – 36)
Jesus used the parable of the lamp and lamp stand to show that He is the light that God offers to His people.
To refuse the light by seeking for a sign is to prefer darkness. His message is seen as the light to shine to others.
From the above incident Christians learn that:
Jesus’ Teachings on Hypocrisy Wealth and Watchfulness - Luke 11:37 – 12:1-12
Fearless confession without Hypocrisy.
Definition of Terms:
(i) Jesus attacks the hypocrisy of Pharisees and teachers of the Law - Luke 11:37 – 54, 12:1 – 3
Reasons why Jesus attacked the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the Scribes
(ii) Jesus’ teachings on confession - Luke 12:8 - 12
After addressing the Pharisees, Jesus taught His disciples the following on fearless confession:
Jesus’ Teachings on Material Possessions, Watchfulness and Readiness
(A) Material Possessions: Luke 12:13 – 34
Teachings from the parable
(b) Watchfulness and readiness: Luke 12:35 – 39
(i) Watchful servants: 12:35 – 40
(ii) Faithful or unfaithful servants: 12:41 – 48In this parable Jesus explains that:
(iii) Understanding the signs of the time: 12:54 – 56
(iv) Jesus the cause of Divisions: 12:49 – 53
(v) Making peace: 12:57 – 59.
Relevance of Jesus teachings on watchfulness and readiness to Christians
The Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem - Luke 19:28 – 40
Teachings from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem
Lessons Christians learn from the incident
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