Passage: Luke 1:1-4
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Phil shared who Luke the writer of this passage is. He was a Gentile, a physician, he traveled with Paul, wrote more content in the New Testament than any other author. Yet in many ways he was an outsider. He was not Jewish, he didn’t experience firsthand life with Jesus. He wanted there to be a clear accounting of Jesus life and ministry. He investigated, interviewed and wrote an orderly account. He started at the beginning with John the Baptist and Jesus genealogy. He wanted written down so that those who read could have certainty about what he wrote.
· What are some of the things that you know for certain?
· How has your list of what you are certain about changed through the years?
· What crises of belief, relational betrayals or other life experiences have caused you to question what you thought was certain?
· What is so important about being certain about some things?
· Why would Luke’s goal be that we would know some things for certain? How important are the things he shares in his writings? (Luke is all about Jesus and Acts, also written by Luke, is all about the church.)
As an outsider, Luke would see things from a different place than those on the inside.
· When have you felt like an outsider?
· What did you see that perhaps those on the inside didn’t see?
· How have you used those insights for the benefit of others?
Luke says he carefully investigated these things.
· What would make his investigation different as an outsider?
· Can you think of times when you realized there were other valid perspectives than just yours?
Understand the importance of knowing the essentials for sure and what some of those essentials are.
· Where do you need to be open to other’s perspectives?
· It helps to do 3 things to grow.
o Read (know the story)
o Reflect (pick something from what you read to think more about – perhaps write it down –think about it)
o Discuss what you read and are thinking about with someone else.
· Why do you think this is helpful and how can you incorporate it more into your life?