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The Essentials for Making Disciples. Luke 1:1-4. Our Prayer for Today. Psalm 119:18 “Open Thou mine eyes, that I might behold wondrous things out of Thy law.” Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of Thy Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”. Word Flesh. Word Flesh.

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our prayer for today
Our Prayer for Today
  • Psalm 119:18 “Open Thou mine eyes, that I might behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”
  • Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of Thy Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
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Word Flesh

Word Flesh

Word Flesh

Word Flesh


Essentials for Making DisciplesLuke 1:1-4


the gospel of luke
The Gospel of Luke
  • Written by the only Gentile writer of Scripture
    • Dr. Luke
    • Four essential characteristics of a world-visionary, world-impacting, multiplying disciple maker
luke and theophilus
Luke and Theophilus
  • Accepted personal responsibility for growing Theophilus
  • Engaged in painstaking research on behalf of Theophilus
  • Developed precise resources to equip Theophilus
  • Did everything humanly possible to generate persistent reproduction of other disciples through Theophilus
personal responsibility
Personal Responsibility
  • “It seemed good to me, also.”
    • I assume personal responsibility for the man God has given me.”
  • The New Testament Standard
    • Luke saw one man ‑ Theophilus
    • God saw many generations, including us!
    • Luke wrote one document to one man
    • God prepared an incredible Gospel for all future generations!
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Personal Responsibility
  • The History of the Church
    • Tragically easy for human minds to miss
    • The Gospel is based upon our agreement with God
      • Romans 10:9; Matthew 10:32
      • “confession” means agreement with
      • Our entire life thereafter is to be an agreement with God and His will
    • Examine His command and His standard for making disciples
    • We must choose against ourselves and fully agree with God
    • “deny ourselves” Matthew 16:24
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Personal Responsibility
  • God Chose You! - John 15:16
    • “You (major emphasis) did not choose Me, but I (major emphasis) chose you, and appointed you, that you (major emphasis) should go and bear (continuous action) fruit (major emphasis) and that your fruit should remain (present infinitive), that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.”
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Personal Responsibility
  • What is the practical use of fruit?
    • A tree which bears fruit never eats its own fruit; it is for someone else
    • One part of the fruit is for food, but the other part is for reproduction
    • The seed in the fruit perpetuates the process of the production of food and the reproduction of fruit
    • You have been brought into the Kingdom of God to take personal responsibility for the next available man
    • Unless you “see and hear” from God’s point of view you will never fulfill your personal responsibility for the next available man

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

painstaking research
Painstaking Research
  • Your Life Must Reflect Jesus’ Life
  • Jesus said, “For their sakes, I sanctify Myself,” and your life must reflect His
    • It is not enough to simply study the Bible
      • Anyone can read the Bible for himself
      • The focus then is on self rather than on others
      • Produces terminal intake of the Gospel
  • World impact only comes from the lives of those who intentionally do diligent research for the purpose of truly knowing and following Christ and making Him known to others!
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Painstaking Research
  • “investigated” (v. 3)
    • Same word as “fully known” in 2 Timothy 3:10,
    • Paul said to Timothy, “You have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience ...“
  • parakolutheo = “to trace”
    • means “to accompany side by side, to follow closely, to attend to carefully”
    • another shade of meaning = “to trace”
    • Luke sets out to trace the character and reproduce the heart and passion of Jesus
    • Luke’s gospel is unlike any other – you see the humanity of Jesus
precise resources
Precise Resources
  • An Orderly, Detailed, Written Account
    • In v. 1 Luke uses a military term
    • Anatassomai = a placing of soldiers, or things, or facts, into their proper order
    • Luke reminded Theophilus that he had researched Jesus from top to bottom and placed his findings in “consecutive order”
    • Luke’s clear purpose - to precisely systematize curriculum for maximum efficiency in the life of another
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Precise Resources
  • Rightly Divide the Word - Luke 6:40
    • Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:10 that “you have fully known my doctrine”
    • Paul had systematically arranged the great truths of the Gospel so Timothy could fully grasp them and correctly reproduce them in somebody else
    • Luke was discipled by Paul
    • Now Luke provides a perfect example of what Paul modeled for him
    • Jesus said, “When the process is completed, the disciple will be like his teacher” - Luke 6:40
persistent reproduction
Persistent Reproduction
  • A Visionary Disciple Maker
    • These disciples must clearly see the world as their field of operation just like Jesus did
    • They must intentionally live to impact that world just like Jesus did here on earth!
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Persistent Reproduction
  • Did Luke's Gospel Accomplish Its Purpose?
    • What did Theophilus do with the document?
    • He preserved it and passed it on to others!
    • Written to only one man, but you hold a copy of it in your hand today!
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Persistent Reproduction
  • Luke’s Example
    • Luke won Theophilus to Jesus Christ by writing to him what we now call “the Gospel According to Luke”
    • When Theophilus responded in personal faith in Christ, Luke immediately set out to disciple Theophilus by writing another document, twenty‑eight chapters in length
      • The Book of Acts
      • To show Theophilus how to impact the world with the method of Jesus
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Persistent Reproduction
  • What an amazing and awesome example of God’s word to flesh standard!
    • practiced by a layman
    • who practiced medicine to pay the bills
    • but whose whole vocation was “turning people into disciples”