Session 1 : A Captive People

The people of Israel longed for their King, their deliverer, to come. God had made a covenant with Abraham and assured David that He would raise up his son to sit on his throne. Since the return from exile they had lived under the domination of a series of pagan gentile empires. Where was the promised kingdom?

Session 2 : The arrival of the King (Luke 1 & 2)

There has been no fresh word from Heaven for more than 400 years. Now suddenly, dramatically, and repeatedly, the supernatural world breaks in – angelic messengers, powerful anointed prophecies, and an event unique in human history, a virgin birth. That event marks a watershed in human history…

Session 3 : The Herald announces the arrival of the King – Luke 3:1–20

“The Word of God came to John!”  Nothing like this had happened for 460 years. He was really the last of the “Old Testament” prophets, marking the arrival on earth of the promised Kingdom of God…

Session 4 : In the Power of the Spirit – Luke 4

Jesus as the “New Adam” is led by the Spirit to revisit the ancient conflict with the devil, not in a garden but in a wilderness, reflecting the captivity of the world. He faces the same challenges – identity, appetite, power, worship, and knowledge through experimentation…

Session 5 : What kind of Kingdom?

Luke 4:16–30. Jesus makes a dramatic claim in his home synagogue – to the shock and horror of his own townsfolk. He lays claim to be the Spirit–anointed Messiah prophesied by Isaiah more than 600 years earlier. Not only that but he compares them unfavourably with “dirty Gentiles”…

Session 6 : A Change of Direction

A crucial event took place one year from the end of Jesus’ earthly life, Luke 9:18–36.He withdrew from the crowds and revealed to his disciples his true identity and his destiny. The Transfiguration, when his eternal glory was revealed…

Session 7 : The City of the Great King – Luke 19–21

He descended towards Jerusalem in fulfilment of Zechariah’s prophecy – the paradox of the triumphant yet humble king. He was acclaimed as king by the enthusiastic crowd, causing consternation to the Jewish leadership who knew that it was political dynamite…

Session 8 : The King accomplishes His purpose

Luke’s Gospel has portrayed Jesus as “a man under authority”, and simultaneously in total control of the agenda. This is especially apparent in the circumstances of his arrest, trial, and crucifixion…

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