LUKE 8

13 Outlines

 

GODLY WOMEN

Luke 8:1-3 etc.

 

THEY WERE SAVED BY JESUS – Luke 8:1-2

THEY SHARED WITH JESUS – Luke 8:3

THEY STOOD WITH JESUS – Matthew 27:55-56

THEY WERE SURPRISED BY JESUS – Matthew 28:1-10

 

 

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Luke 8:1-15

WHERE HAVE ALL THE CONVERTS GONE?

 

I imagine that many of us have been suspicious when someone raises their hand, or comes forward professing salvation. Although we rejoice, we secretly wonder if the person making the decision is going to "stick with it."

 

We think this way because we have seen many people make professions of faith, and then disappear. Many have walked the isles evangelistic meetings and in church services, no to be seen ever again. Others start off strong, enthused about the things of God, and then after awhile, they either slow down to nominal Christianity, or walk away from it all together.

 

We often wonder where the converts have gone.  This parable of the Lord answers that question. Not everyone who professes belief in Christ is truly saved!

 

THE STORY PRESENTED - Vss. 4-8

The seed that fell by the wayside was probably the footpath between fields. It was hard because it had not been plowed. Vs. 4

The seed that fell on rocky ground fell on soil that sat on a rocky ledge. Because the sun could easily heat the soil, the seed germinated quickly, but because roots could not go through rock, they shriveled up quickly for lack of moisture. Vs. 5

 

THE STORY QUESTIONED Vss. 9-10

Through the help of God's Spirit, God's children will be able to learn the truth of God's word. John 16:13

Those who reject Christ, will not be able to understand the parables which Jesus spoke. 1 Corinthians 2:14

 

THE STORY EXPLAINED Vss. 11-15

The seed is the Word of God. The sower in this story is The Lord Jesus.  However, any Christian who preaches or teaches the Word of God becomes the sower. Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Timothy 4:2

 The different soils are explained:

 

HARD HEART - Vs. 12 - No real interest in the Gospel, even though a profession of faith may have been made.  Satan quickly snatches away the seed.

 

HEAVY HEART - Vs. 13 - Quick initial response, but when persecution comes, the convert fails to follow Christ. Mark 4:16-17,

2 Timothy 3:12

 

HEATHEN HEART - Vs. 14 - Matthew 6:31-32, - Cares, riches,

and pleasures of this life "choke" the "converts". There is no fruit.

 

HEALTHY HEART - Vs. 15 - Hears the word, keeps it, endures, and brings forth multiplied fruit.

Only one kind of "convert" is a truly saved convert. It a person has truly trusted Christ, God will change Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

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Luke 8:11-17

GOOD SOIL

 

The parable of “The Sower and the Soils” shows us exactly what “good soil” if for the reception of the seed, which, according to verse 11, is the Word of God.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DUG SOIL – Vs. 12 – The soil by the wayside was packed down and hard.  It had not been recently plowed.  The Holy Spirit was must dig deep in our hearts in order to make us receptive to the Word of God. See John 16:8-11

 

GOOD SOIL IS DEEP SOIL – Vs. 13 – Soil on the rock was actually on a ledge.  The Word of God had not gone down deep in the heart.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DISINFECTED SOIL – Vs 14 – Soil needs to have the weeds of “cares and riches and pleasures” removed.

 

GOOD SOIL IS DEPENDABLE SOIL – Vs. 15 – Dependable soil comes from “an honest and good heart”, keeping the Word, and bearing fruit.

 

 

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Luke 8:11-15

WHERE WILL IT FALL TODAY?

 

One of the best known parables is the "Sower and the Soils" as told by our Lord Jesus in Luke 8:5-8.

Jesus explains the meaning of this parable in Luke 8:11-15. When the Sower went out to sow, he sowed the Word of God according to verse 11.

The Word of God is sown when a person hears the Word of God preached.

The Word of God is sown when a person listens to the Word of God read.

The Word of God is sown when a person reads the Word of God for himself.

 

When the Word of God is sown it falls into one of four types of soil. The soil would be symbolic for the heart. The Four Types of Heart Where the Word falls:

 

THE STUBBORN HEART - Vs. 12

There is no time for, or true interest in the Word of God.

 

THE SHALLOW HEART - Vs. 13

There is an instant, joyous response to the preaching of or reading of God's Word. However, it is surface level response. The minute something arises in the way of temptation, the results of the seed being planted fall away.

 

THE STRANGLED HEART - Vs. 14

The seed starts to grow but is strangled by "cares, riches, and pleasures of this life".

 

THE SUBMISSIVE HEART - Vs. 15

The submissive heart is more than a hearer of the Word. He is a doer also. He keeps it and bears fruit. See James 1:22-25.

 

Where does the word fall in your life? What kind of heart does it hit?

 

 

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Luke 8:22-25

FOLLOWING JESUS

 

We are called on, as disciples, to follow Jesus (Luke 9:23, 14:26-27).

This story about the storm on the Sea of Galilee teaches us some lessons about following Jesus.

 

JESUS KNOWS WHERE HE IS GOING - GO WITH HIM! - Vs. 22

 

JESUS RESTS DURING THE STORM - REST WITH HIM! - Vs. 23

 

JESUS ANSWERS WHEN ASKED - ASK HIM! - Vs. 24

 

JESUS WANTS US TO HAVE FAITH IN HIM - TRUST HIM! - Vs. 25

 

 

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Luke 8:15, 22-39

BENEFITS OF OBEDIENCE

 

God has always approved of obedience to Him.  1 Samuel 15:22-23, John 14:15

There are benefits to obedience as we see in Luke 8.

 

BE OBEDIENT AND BE FRUITFUL - Vs. 15

Jesus was explaining the parable of the Sower and the Soils. It is the person who obeys the Word of God who will end up being productive.

 

BE OBEDIENT AND BE CLOSE - Vs. 22

The disciples were close to the Lord Jesus because they did as they were told. They went with Him.

We will remain in close fellowship with the Lord as we obey Him.

 

BE OBEDIENT AND BE TRUSTING - Vss. 23-25

It is the person that obeys God that will trust God.

 

BE OBEDIENT AND BE SUBMISSIVE - Vs. 39

This man who had been healed of demon possession (Vss. 26-38) wanted to follow Jesus.

Jesus sent him home to do evangelistic work. The man submitted, doing as he was told.

Submission to God and man is an indication of obedience (1 Peter 5:5-6)

 

 

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Luke 8:22-25

EXAM TIME!

 

Exams are very important tests, usually taken in high school and college.  We also encounter exams as we live our Christian lives. Often, the Lord will decide that it's time for us to have an "exam" that will test our faith and make us to mature in our walk with God (James 1:2-4).  One evening the disciples were given an "exam" in faith through a boat ride across the Sea Of Galilee.  They didn't get very good grades this time, but would we have done any better?

 

DECISION - Vs. 22 - When the disciples received their "exam" in faith, they were following the decision of our Lord Jesus Christ.  May we face our exams because we are simply doing what the Lord has told us to do.

 

DISTRACTION - Vs. 23 - As the disciples did as they were told, a large distraction appeared.  A fierce storm threatened the very lives of the disciples.  As we strive to obey the Lord, we will also face distractions.  It is not a question if distractions (trials) will occur. The question is how will we handle distractions when they come?

 

DISTRESS - Vs. 24a - In a panic, the disciples awoke the Lord Jesus.

They allowed themselves to become distressed by the storm. They were filled with fear.

 

DECLARATION - Vs. 24b - Our Lord awoke and rebuked the wind and waves.  His declaration brought total calm.  Our problems may never go away until we reach Heaven, but if we trust Him, Jesus will declare peace for us in the midst of our storms.  We can relax in the calm of His presence.

 

DENUNCIATION - Vs. 25 - Our Lord rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, not for disturbing His nap!  It was not wrong to ask Jesus for help. It was wrong not to have faith in the midst of the storm.

 

 

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Luke 8:22-25

THE LEADER

 

Jesus was the leader of the disciples.  This story of His calming the storm makes it evident that He was in charge.  The question each believer needs to ask is, "Is Jesus leader in my life?"

We know Jesus was the leader because:

 

THE PLAN WAS HIS - Vs. 22

He said, "Let's go". Do I follow the Lord's leading?

 

THE PROBLEM WAS HIS - Vss. 23-24

The disciples came to Him for help. Do I bring my problems to him before I'm in a panic?

 

THE POWER WAS HIS - Vs. 24

He calmed the storm. Do I let Jesus calm the storms in my life?

 

THE POINT WAS HIS - Vs. 25

He did the rebuking and the teaching. Do I listen when Jesus rebukes or teaches me?

 

 

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Luke 8:26-38

MIRACLE BY THE TOMBS

 

A DEFEATED MAN - Vss. 26-29

A DELIVERED MAN - Vss. 30-37

A DIRECTED MAN - Vss. 38-39

 

 

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Luke 8:26-39

UP AND OUT!

 

There was a demon-possessed man who met Jesus.  He was living a defeated, miserable life. He was “down and out”. Jesus delivered the man and he was “up and out” because Jesus Christ set him free!

 

THE BONDAGE OF POSSESSION – Vss. 26-30

The man was demon-possessed, naked, and restless.

 

THE BOLDNESS OF JESUS – Vss. 29, 31-33

The Lord commanded the legion of demons to come out of the man.

The Lord allowed the demons to enter the herd of swine.

 

THE BLESSINGS OF DELIVERANCE – Vss. 34-35

The man was sitting, no longer restless.

The man was clothed, no longer naked.

The man was in his right mind, no longer demon possessed. 

 

THE BANISHMENT BY THE FEARFUL – Vss. 36-37

The citizens of the area, having heard what happened, became fearful and asked Jesus to leave.

 

THE BROADCAST OF THE DELIVERED – Vss. 38-39

The healed man wanted to go with Jesus, but the Lord gave him another job.  He was to go home and share what God had done for Him.  This he did.

 

 

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LESSONS

Luke 8:26-39

 

THERE ARE MATTERS WE CAN’T HANDLE – Vss. 26-29

THERE IS A MASTER WHO IS SUPERIOR – Vss. 29-33

THERE ARE MEN WHO WILL BE DISPLEASED – Vss. 34-37

THERE IS A MISSION FOR THOSE WHO ARE HELPED – Vss. 38-39

 

 

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Luke 8:38-56

THREE KINDS OF FAITH

 

There are three people who each show us a different aspect of the faith which we should have in Christ.

 

1. RESIGNED FAITH - The healed demoniac. Vss. 38-39

    This man from who Jesus cast out a legion of devils wanted to go with

    Jesus. Jesus told him to go home and tell what great things God had

    done. He obeyed. This man was resigned to doing the will of his new

    master. (See Vss. 26-37 for background information.)

 

2. REACHING FAITH - The woman with the issue of blood. Vss. 43-48

 

3. RELIANT FAITH - Jairus - Vss. 41-42, 49-56

    Especially see Vss. 49-50. Jairus had to trust Jesus even though he had

    just received tragic news.

 

 

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Luke 8:41-56

FAITHING IT

 

Faith is such an important quality. Hebrews 11:6

It is emphasized in these two miracles found in our text.

 

THE REQUEST OF FAITH - Vss. 41-42

 

THE REACH OF FAITH - Vss. 43-48

 

THE REST OF FAITH - Vss. 49-50

 

THE REWARD OF FAITH - Vss. 51-56

 

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