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As I read through the book of Luke over and over in preparation for this study, I was struck with the shepherd’s heart that Jesus has for us. I realized that in many ways I felt like a wandering sheep who just needed Jesus to carry me home.
If you are like me, stressed with the busyness of life and even distracted by ministry demands, drink in the life of the Savior through your daily study time. Put it at the top of your list of priorities. Ask God to speak to you through each day’s lesson, through your small group discussion, and through the weekly lecture.
As you read the age-old story of Jesus, let it come alive to you. Consider what it must have been like to walk and talk with Him on the dusty roads of Galilee. Imagine yourself among the crowds of people pushing to get up close to the itinerant Teacher. See yourself grieving at the cross and exultant upon recognizing the Risen Lord.
May the Lord richly bless your study. May it truly be a time of coming home.
This study is designed to help you consistently spend time in God’s Word. You will gain the most from this study if you do it day by day, answering just that day’s questions, rather than trying to stuff it all in at once. Each week’s lesson is divided into five days of homework to encourage you to listen daily to His voice. The Bible is God’s message to you, and He wants to speak with you personally.
Unless instructed otherwise, use only the Scriptures to answer the questions. Rather than go to commentaries or even the notes in a study Bible, ask God to give you insight from His Word.
A Precious Word from God—Each week you will have a verse to memorize that brings out an essential lesson or thought from the week’s study. Begin learning it the first day. You might copy it on an index card and carry it with you throughout the week, hiding God’s Word in your heart.
Sharing questions are designed for you to write stories, insights, and applications from your own life. If we are to be in community with one another and support one another, we must truly know one another. You will never be forced to share one of these answers aloud with your group.
Responding to God questions are reminders that we study God’s Word so that He can speak to us and we are changed thereby. We should be listening for His voice. These types of questions ask for a response to God’s personal message to you. I have found that writing out my prayers helps me to focus better on what I need to say to God. No one will ask you to read yours, but you should always feel free to share your response with your group.
Diamonds in the Word are optional questions designed for those who want to dig deeper. Some of the answers will be easy for even a beginning Bible student to answer, and some will require more experience in God’s Word. As a group you will not discuss these, but the background that you gain from digging into God’s Word in a deeper way will certainly enrich your personal study.
Each lesson includes a true story that relates the truths of that week’s lesson to a woman’s real life experience. Some of the names have been changed to protect the guilty! These stories will encourage you in your walk with God and your growth in godliness.