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Study Introduction

We don?t all confront demon possessed people on a daily basis (hopefully never) but you have an enemy that is invisible to you that you face each and every day. How do you be successful in this battle that you cannot see? Jesus shows us the way through His battle with the Devil.

Are you experiencing difficulties in life that seem like a raging storm about to capsize the little boat you call your life? If Jesus Christ is in the boat with you there is a key element He brings that makes it bearable.

What kind of a mind do you have when it comes to the gospel? It?s more important than you might think. See if you fall into one of the four types of mindsets Jesus gives in his famous story. Your answer could mean everything!

There are three kinds of people when it comes to Jesus Christ. Those that refuse to engage in thinking about Him, those that are trying to get away from dealing with Him and those that realize their need of Him. Which are you?

Ever find yourself dazed and confused when it comes to Jesus Christ? Have so many told you so much that it seems you know nothing at all? You?re in luck because some folks found themselves in very similar situations and there are some clear answers, free from all the muck thrown around today. Check it out.

There's an old saying: "Don't judge a book by its cover." We're often guilty of that when it comes to judging people by what group they belong to, their political beliefs, how they look and the people they hang out with. Jesus encounters a man who would have been hated by most Jews except for his softness of heart towards Yahweh. It gives us valuable lessons in how to love the unlovable.

You've heard the saying: "Judge not, lest ye be judged". So what does that mean, really? You might be surprised and delighted - and challenged.

Christians have an opportunity afforded to no one else. When you find out about it at first you might think this isn?t something very positive. But when you realize what?s at stake in the lives of others you understand that it?s totally worth it.

There are many things that are legal in our culture that are not in God?s. Even in Jesus? day there many activities the religious leaders found to be illegal that Jesus says are actually vital and required to have God?s character.

Are you sick and don?t even know it? This time as we study Luke?s gospel we see two groups of people: one who realized they needed a healer and something more in life and another who was also sick but didn?t realize it. Knowing your illness is step one in finding a cure.

As Jesus demonstrates his power over creation and His holiness - it brings about a sense of awe and fear in humans that encounter Him. Jesus reveals the thread of forgiveness that is more powerful than sin, disease, and our lack. The question is, how far will you go to trust Him with your all?

How do you respond to Jesus? In Luke 4 we see two very different responses to His touch. We see a demon cry out to leave him alone because it knows Him. Then we see Peter?s mother-in-law serve Him in response to rebuking a fever. He has the authority, but how you respond to that authority makes all the difference.

We all have needs. But what you may not realize is that the unfelt need may be the very thing God wants to touch. As Jesus declared His Messiahship in front of a hometown crowd, they ignored the unfelt need in their lives. How about you?

Temptation hits us all. As soon as Jesus was anointed for His ministry He too was tempted. How it came about and how Jesus handled it gives us insight into the nature of temptation and real ways to combat it in our own lives.

Jesus as a man first enters the stage as John the Baptist is preparing the people for His arrival. How He enters His ministry is important for us in getting to know what the Messiah is really doing in our lives.

Trying to convince a drunk person they are inebriated is nearly impossible. But many of us humans use false ways of satisfying true needs and up drunk spiritually, and unaware of our true needs and unprepared for how God wants to fulfill them. John the Baptist calls us out to get us in a Messiah state of mind.

When is a good time to start serving God? When is a good time to stop? In the life of Jesus we see examples of the very young and the very old right in exactly the right place doing what God wanted them to do.

Mary and Joseph presented Jesus to the Lord. There were five things that took place on that day, and these very five things take place in our lives when we give ourselves to Jesus.

Luke 2 has been overlaid with some much Christmas tradition that it?s hard to hear and comprehend what actually happened and why God brought it about in this way, but it gives hope to us all who encounter difficulties on the way to doing God?s will.

A man who had been filled with bitterness and disbelief now becomes God’s attention-getting mouthpiece when his son John is born. And what a message Zechariah brings—one that really focuses on the coming salvation of God.