Views from the Pew – 10.19.21

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What did you learn from last Sunday’s sermon, “The Beloved Physician”?

Q1: How many books are in the library that we call the Bible?

Q2: What is it called when a preacher teaches verse by verse?

Q3: How much of the New Testament did Luke write?

Q4: Who wrote the scriptures?

Q5: What other book did Luke write?

Q6: Are all four of the Gospels written by Apostles?

Q7: Name the physician who traveled around with Paul, most likely helping to patch him up after all of his horrendous physical sufferings?

Sermon Summary & Answers

Pastor Wilson began a new series this past Sunday on the book of Luke. We will be microscopically taking this book apart, verse by verse, to draw out all that God intends for us to know. This is called exegeting or expositing the Bible. The Bible is made up of 66 books and divided up into two sections, The Old Testament and The New Testament. Each one of these sections is broken down even further.

The Old Testament

  1. The Law
  2. The History of Israel
  3. Wisdom and Poetry
  4. Major Prophets
  5. Minor Prophets

The New Testament

  1. The Biographies of Jesus (The Gospels)
  2. The History of the Early Church
  3. The Letters of Paul
  4. The General Epistles
  5. The Apocalypse

All that is written in the Bible is authored by God. Yes, men took pen to paper, but God inspired what was to be written. The Greek word for inspired is Theopneustos, which means “God breathed.” 1 Peter 1:20-21 tells us that the scripture didn’t come from men giving their interpretations (their mind/will) of God’s words or events. Men were “carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Pastor Wilson took us on a journey through Paul’s writings to discover who the actual author of Luke is by process of elimination. Luke and Acts were indeed written by Luke, and the Gospel of Luke is the longest of the Gospels. Together, they make up is one-third of the New Testament and span sixty years of history. Luke was not an Apostle, nor was he present to witness firsthand the life of Jesus. Theologians often agree that Luke was the greatest historian of Jesus Christ. The books of Matthew and Mark had already been written. So, we guess that Luke most likely studied those writings and gained knowledge by being the Apostle Paul’s right-hand man through so much of his imprisonment, physical sufferings (2 Corinthians 11:23-27), and journeys. This was likely a true blessing to Paul since Luke was a physician (Colossians 4:14). Luke was also a Gentile and not a Jew. Luke first appears in the sixteenth chapter of Acts during the famous shipwreck. All 276 people survived, and Paul survived a poisonous snake bite. Luke witnessed these extraordinary miracles, provisions by God, and more. Paul tells us that Luke was the only person with him as he was writing his last letter, and he was likely there when he died (2 Timothy 4:11).

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  1. 66
  2. exegeting or expositing
  3. 1/3
  4. God inspired man to write down the words revealed to them by the Holy Spirit.
  5. Acts
  6. No, neither Luke nor Mark were Apostles.
  7. Luke