Let's read the Bible project
To those who have registered for ec16:
Hello! My name is Yoshiki Tsukamoto. I am the Inductive Bible Study Director for ec16.
During the Inductive Bible study and morning sessions at ec16, we will study from the Gospel according to Luke. As such, we would like to initiate the "Let's read Luke-Acts project"!
There are only 8 weeks, 58 days, until the first day of ec16. As you will read below, the best preparation for ec16 will be to read both Luke and Acts. There are 52 chapters in total, so if you read 1 chapter a day, you will be able to finish in time for ec16.
If this is too much of a time commitment, perhaps reading just the book of Luke will be more manageable. If you read 3 chapters a week, you should be able to finish in time.
We will be sending you reminders every week for next 8 weeks to read Luke-Acts or Luke with a short column written by Pastor Kazuhiko Yamazaki-Ransom, who is a guest speaker for ec16.
Let us undertake the challenge:)
Readings for this week (10/30-11/5): Luke 1-7 or Luke 1-3
The Story of the Gospel narrated by Luke (1)
"Two-fold story by Luke"
Hello, my name is Kazuhiko Yamazaki-Ransom. In the Bible exposition at ec16, I am going to preach from four passages from the Gospel according to Luke.
There are four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), but Luke is unique in that it has sequel; the book of Acts. If we compare Luke 1:3 and Acts 1:1, both say that these books are written for same person, whose name is Theophilus. In Acts 1:1-2 (NIV), it says, "In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen". According to these verses, the author wrote another book about Jesus, which is the Gospel according to Luke.
The book ends recounting how Jesus is crucified, risen, and then ascends to heaven. The book of Acts relates how the church was born after the ascension of Jesus and how the church acted during these initial years. Therefore, these two books can be grasped as the first and the second part of a long, continuous story written by Luke.
Since Acts does not come right after Luke in the Bible, (John is put in the middle) many of you may not notice that these two books are actually one successive story. Yet this is crucial to understand the Gospel according to Luke deeply. Let us undertake the challenge to read Luke and Acts together as whole.
☆If you want to learn more, go to Dr. Kazuhiko Yamazaki-Ransom's blog! (Japanese only)