The Ministry Years (Luke 4:14-9:50)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] Miracles and teaching and new disciples and new wine in old wineskins. This section of Luke seems to be a hodge-podge of stories. But look closely. The stories Luke chose to include in these “ministry years” were carefully […]

The Road to Jerusalem, Part 1 (Luke 9:51-13:35)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] At first glance, Luke 9:51 looks like Bible trivia. Like a passing note about Jesus’ itinerary: “He was determined to go to Jerusalem”. But it’s not trivia. It’s not trivial. It’s not a footnote. Jesus had been to […]

The Road to Jerusalem, Part 2 (Luke 14:1-19:27)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] Author David Gregory imagines something pretty exciting: Dinner with Jesus. In his book, Dinner With a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering, the main character gets the chance to sit down over dinner with Jesus Himself and just […]

The Passion of Christ (Luke 19:28-24:53)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] When God decided to redeem the world, He did not take a vote. He took no opinion polls. He picked the time and place and was in complete control of the entire process. Author Max Lucado captured this […]

To Understand the Scriptures (Luke Epilogue)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] In the closing paragraphs of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus had two encounters with His disciples. The first was with two disciples walking to Emmaus. The second was in Jerusalem and included “the eleven” (v.33). In these two […]

The Book of Acts (RTBT)

In 1991, I went to Brazil on a mission trip. We took a 20-hour boat ride into the Amazon rain forest by way of a tributary of the Amazon river called the Tapajos River. Most of us were in Brazil for the first time, so we didn’t know quite what to expect. When we finally […]

The Church is Born in Jerusalem (Acts 1:1-6:7)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] What is God doing this year? Think about how important that question is. Of course, the Bible tells us what He did in the past, but what about today? What is God doing in our world, in our […]

Alfred Kuen: The Plan of the Primitive Church

When I was a young boy, Alfred Kuen was dealing with the same questions that now consume my thoughts: “Would the present-day church correspond better to the will of God and to the needs of men than did the primitive church?” This question is found in his 1971 book entitled, I Will Build My Church. It was […]

“All I can say is, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles.’ If any man answers, ‘That is out of date,’ or ‘Times have changed,’… I can only repeat, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles,’ and leave him to face that issue.”

Roland Allen