Journeying Through Lent With Luke

Throughout Lent we are reading through the Gospel of Luke and putting into practice the things we learned in our recent Shaped by The Word preaching series.

As a church we are reading through the Gospel of Luke over Lent. You can download the reading plan as well as helpful tools for how to read the Bible by clicking the button.

We will post a daily study guide to help you get the most of the passage you’re reading so bookmark this page and join us as we learn to live like Jesus from Luke’s gospel.

As well as this, each day from Monday to Friday at midday we are gathering on Zoom to read the passage together and spend time in prayer & reflection.

DAILY STUDY GUIDE // LUKE’S GOSPEL

Each day we will post a short study guide to help you as you read through Luke’s gospel. The study guide will be available below from just after midnight each day.

3 Apr // Day 40

3 Apr // Day 40

Apr 3 // Day 40
As the two disciples reach Emmaus, they kindly invite Jesus (still a friendly stranger to them!) to stay with them for the night.

2 Apr // Day 39

2 Apr // Day 39

Apr 2 // Day 39
In the stillness of the Sunday morning, as day breaks, so does the extraordinary news! The tomb is empty. Jesus, who they’d seen crucified, dead and buried, was alive! How was this even possible?

1 Apr // Day 38

1 Apr // Day 38

Jesus, along with 2 other criminals, continue their gruelling procession to the Place of the Skull (in Aramaic-Golgotha; in Latin-Calvaria). Scholars suggest it may have been given this name due to it being a popular execution spot, or perhaps a skull-shaped hill.

31 Mar // Day 37

31 Mar // Day 37

As we read yesterday, it is clear that the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus condemned to death for His claims to be the Son of God. However when Jesus is brought before Pilate, the Roman governor, the Jewish authorities change their tactics.

30 Mar // Day 36

30 Mar // Day 36

Peter, we know, has been with Jesus throughout His ministry, and has journeyed to this point with Him. His loyalty carries him along to Caiaphas, the high priest’s house. (see Luke 3v2) He finds courage enough to stay with Jesus and follow from a distance.

29 Mar // Day 35

29 Mar // Day 35

v.24-53: Once again the disciples argue over who is the greatest (see Luke 9:46). Even at this late stage in Jesus’ ministry they have not fully understood the nature of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of this world, driven by earthly power (v. 25)

27 Mar // Day 34

27 Mar // Day 34

Plans are set in motion to kill Jesus (v.2). As we have already noted, these events are happening at the same time as the Jewish festival of Passover. This is deeply symbolic.

26 Mar // Day 33

26 Mar // Day 33

Jesus has an interaction with some Sadducees, a Jewish sect whose teaching focussed on the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible) and did not believe in life after death (a concept more prevalent in the rest of the Old Testament).

25 Mar // Day 32

25 Mar // Day 32

Jesus has an interaction with some Sadducees, a Jewish sect whose teaching focussed on the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible) and did not believe in life after death (a concept more prevalent in the rest of the Old Testament).

24 Mar // Day 31

24 Mar // Day 31

Bethany and Bethphage were towns to the east of Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives (a mountain ridge that separated the city from the Kidron Valley). Jerusalem is finally on the horizon.

23 Mar // Day 30

23 Mar // Day 30

Bethany and Bethphage were towns to the east of Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives (a mountain ridge that separated the city from the Kidron Valley). Jerusalem is finally on the horizon.

22 Mar // Day 29

22 Mar // Day 29

Zacchaeus would have been especially unpopular as he was a chief tax collector in Jericho and a wealthy man (v.2). However, he must have realised that his life needed to change and – like the blind beggar in yesterday’s passage – he was determined to see Jesus, even though this meant climbing a tree.

20 Mar // Day 28

20 Mar // Day 28

Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler points to the possibility of redemption from the grip of wealth; this man has not let his riches entirely displace his desire for God. He begins by asking Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 Mar // Day 27

19 Mar // Day 27

The parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge is part of a series of lessons about prayer. Luke introduces this parable to show the disciples “that they should always pray and not give up” (v.1).

18 Mar // Day 26

18 Mar // Day 26

Luke 17 is a collection of various different teachings and the account of one healing. Verses 1-10 contain several sayings and a teaching example; they are connected around the issues of character, faith, forgiveness and humility.

17 Mar // Day 25

17 Mar // Day 25

The primary theme of Jesus’ teaching in chapter 16 centres around money – and more specifically: the way people use money and their motives. This comes through the form of two parables (v.1-15 and v.19-31), with a brief change of focus in verses 16-18.

16 Mar // Day 24

16 Mar // Day 24

Just as we’ve read about in previous chapters, here we see that many people – especially the outcasts of society – were drawn to Jesus and came to hear him speak.

15 Mar // Day 23

15 Mar // Day 23

Chapter 14 starts with Jesus attending a Sabbath dinner party (Jesus loved a party – see Luke 5v29-39; John 2v1-11; Luke 22v7-23 for a few examples), and performing another healing.

13 Mar // Day 22

13 Mar // Day 22

It is widely documented by historians at the time that Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, was pretty mean! He frequently did things to deliberately irritate and upset the Jewish people. This is what we read about in v1-2.

12 Mar // Day 21

12 Mar // Day 21

The Jewish people were familiar with the idea of being prepared for action at any moment. This had been the experience of their ancestors during the sudden Exodus from Egypt.

11 Mar // Day 20

11 Mar // Day 20

As the long road trip to Jerusalem continues, we are reminded again of Israel’s long journey out of Egypt. As we journey through Luke, we can see the mood change from the early chapters to where we are now.

10 Mar // Day 19

10 Mar // Day 19

In our reading today, Jesus again shows His sorrow and despair over the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, for refusing to accept Him as the Messiah. He preaches a more powerful message of repentance than Jonah in Ninevah, yet His own people don’t listen.

9 Mar // Day 18

9 Mar // Day 18

‘Teach us to pray’ – today we see Jesus invite his followers to come to God, not as subjects to ‘the Master of the Universe’, but as children to the best of fathers…

8 Mar // Day 17

8 Mar // Day 17

Having sent out the 12 disciples (9:1-6), Jesus now sends out another 72 of His disciples (or was it 70? There is some debate on the number and its’ significance!) to proclaim and demonstrate that the Kingdom of God was at hand (v.9).

6 Mar // Day 16

6 Mar // Day 16

V.28 indicates that the transfiguration is to be seen in light of the conversation the disciples have just had with Jesus regarding His identity (see yesterday’s blog). The question that the disciples have just answered, ‘who is this?’ is now definitively answered by God himself (v.35).

5 Mar // Day 15

5 Mar // Day 15

Jesus sends out His disciples to go and do what they have seen him do in just these past few chapters: namely to extend the Kingdom. The authority that has been evident in Jesus’ ministry (see verses 4.32, 4.36, 7.8, 8.25) is now given to the disciples.

4 Mar // Day 14

4 Mar // Day 14

In today’s reading, we see Jesus intervening in 3 different people’s lives, all of whom are vulnerable in some way: a homeless man possessed with demons, a woman with a medical issue that left her labelled ‘unclean’ and a small, poorly child.

3 Mar // Day 13

3 Mar // Day 13

Jesus continues to preach and demonstrate the Kingdom of God, gaining more followers and supporters along the way, including a number of women…

2 Mar // Day 12

2 Mar // Day 12

Yesterday we read about John sending some of his disciples to find out if Jesus was the promised Messiah or not (v.20). Jesus confirms he is by listing his Kingdom ministry…

1 Mar // Day 11

1 Mar // Day 11

In Luke 6, Jesus taught his disciples with words. Now, in Luke 7, he is going to teach them by demonstration and example, starting with the healing of a centurion’s servant who was sick and close to death…

27 Feb // Day 10

27 Feb // Day 10

Today’s passage picks up immediately after Jesus has appointed his 12 apostles. Jesus and the Twelve come down from the mountainside to meet with a large crowd…

26 Feb // Day 9

26 Feb // Day 9

In these verses, there are two controversies surrounding the laws of the Sabbath (see Exodus 20:8-11)…

25 Feb // Day 8

25 Feb // Day 8

Luke’s story of Jesus calling the first disciples is unique among the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) – only Luke tells the story of a miraculous catch of fish on…

24 Feb // Day 7

24 Feb // Day 7

Today’s passage contains several quick snapshots of Jesus’ public ministry during one day in the town of Capernaum. The healing of the man with a demon is the first of 21 miracles recorded in Luke’s Gospel. But even before the miracles take place…

23 Feb // Day 6

23 Feb // Day 6

Jesus being tested in the wilderness is the last preparatory event before his public ministry begins. Following the declaration of Jesus’ sonship at his baptism (which we read yesterday – see Luke 3:22)…

22 Feb // Day 5

22 Feb // Day 5

v. 1-3: Luke details the Roman officials leading at this time. Tiberias is now the ruler of Roman Empire. Pontius Pilate is mentioned (later on, he will play a crucial role in Jesus’ trial and crucifixion)…

20 Feb // Day 4

20 Feb // Day 4

v.21-24: The Jewish law stated that a baby boy should be circumcised a week after being born (Leviticus 12) and that 33 days later (thus when the baby boy was 40 days old)…

19 Feb // Day 3

19 Feb // Day 3

v. 1-8: Caesar Augustus (the adopted son of Julius Caesar) was at this time the ruler of the Roman Empire.

18 Feb // Day 2

18 Feb // Day 2

v. 39-56: Elizabeth and Mary meet, each carrying their promised baby in their womb. This meeting is full of the Holy Spirit and a sense of God’s blessing.

17 Feb // Day 1

17 Feb // Day 1

v. 1-4: Luke begins his gospel by explaining that his account is built on the eyewitness accounts of those closest to Jesus. Luke himself was not one of the twelve disciples