We are a few weeks into January in this new year. At King of Glory Lutheran here in Shakopee the new year has brought a new sermon series. For those who regularly attend our church you have become accustomed to sermon series that take us through a book of the Bible. In 2016 we heard sermons from the books of Daniel, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter. Typically, I have preached verse-by-verse through books of the Bible.
We have started a sermon series in the book of Luke. As Pastor Chad and I prayed about what book to preach through, we settled upon Luke. Through the book of Luke we will get to hear about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It is always refreshing to turn our eyes upon Jesus. He is the master teacher, healer, preacher. More than that, the scope of His ministry takes us to the cross and then the empty tomb.
You may have noticed that in these few weeks of the new year, we are not walking though this book verse-by-verse. Part of the reason for doing this is to get through the book more quickly. Luke is twenty-four chapters long. Not that it would be a bad thing, but a sermon series covering every verse in the book of Luke would span over a year of preaching.
How did we choose the texts we are preaching? Good question. We pulled out of the pericope list all of the passages from the book of Luke. We then put them in sequential order by chapter. The pericope is a list of Scripture passages that have been arranged around the church year. Many churches use a pericope as the list of passages to preach through.
If you feel like you are missing out on the passages skipped in this series, I would recommend picking up a good commentary on the book of Luke. Perhaps you could study the jumped-over passages in your personal devotions.
We hope that walking through the book of Luke will provide us the opportunity to see Christ in all His glory and goodness. We’ll see miracles, hear His excellent teaching, and ultimately see Jesus Christ as the One crucified.