This evening we had the first meeting of our bible study small group at my house. There were just 5 of us, but we enjoyed getting to know each other and growing closer in Christ.
In a new way (for us) to study the bible, we’re going story by story. With my church’s direction, we started the Gospel of Luke. We’re to read the passage, the retell it and ask
- What does God want us to know from this story / passage?
- What are the principles / truths here for us to understand?
- What does God want me to do? (Wisdom – put into practice)
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. ~Luke 1:1-4
Luke was a historian. I consider myself a historian. Before writing the novel, I researched and put together pieces of other peoples’ research and it was important to the all the facts. The last thing I wanted was an expert in the Roman Empire or volcanology, to tell me that I missed something or got something wrong.
One of my goals in writing the series is to teach while I entertain. So the key phrase from this passage is the last part: so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Comments and reviews of my novel, Deo Volente! praise the research and someone said that I wove the time period into the story and almost made it a character in itself.
Funny, I didn’t know that’s what I was doing!
God works in mysterious ways. He inspired Luke to follow Paul and interview eye witnesses to write the true account from the birth to the death of Jesus Christ.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.~2 Timothy 3:16-17
And it can be believed!