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8: Early Galilean Ministry (2) (Lk 5:1-26)
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8: Early Galilean Ministry (2) (Lk 5:1-26)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

In the previous lesson, we studied the Lord’s ministry to the multitudes of Galilee in general. In this passage, the Gospel focuses on the Lord’s interactions with individuals and the results of His deeds. Through each of the three miracles, Jesus displayed His compassion for the people as well as His divine authority.

B.     Key Verse

            “‘But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins’ --He said to the man who was paralyzed, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house’” (5:24).

C.     Did You Know…?

1.      Lake of Gennesaret (5:1):  Sea of Galilee.

2.      Pharisees (5:17): The Pharisees…were a legalistic and separatistic group who strictly, but often hypocritically, kept the law of Moses and the unwritten “tradition of the elders” (15:2). 5/1445 They were held in high regard by the people.

3.      Teachers of the law (5:17): The Jewish scholars of the day, professionally trained in the development, teaching and application of OT law. Their authority was strictly human and traditional.5/1442

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. Segment Analysis

A.     5:1-11

1. What factors led to the bountiful catch of fish?

2. How are Peter’s words in verse 5 significant?

3a. Explain Peter’s reaction in verse 8.

3b. How was this a turning point for Peter?

3c. Have you ever felt the same as Peter did in the Lord’s presence? Recall the experience and how it changed you.

4. What does it mean to catch men?

5a. What did the disciples do when they followed Jesus? Why is this important?

6a.  The story teaches us about the making of a disciple. Record the entire process that transformed the disciples into followers of Christ?

6b. How are you following the Lord Jesus today? What areas can you improve on so you can become a better disciple?

B.     5:12-16

7a. Observe the man’s actions and words. What do they tell us about him?

7b. What can we learn from the words, “if You are willing” when we come to the Lord with our requests?

8a. How did Jesus heal the man? Why is this remarkable?

8b. What can we learn here from the Lord Jesus?

9. Why did Jesus charge the man to tell no one about the healing? (cf. Mk 1:45)

10. What was the purpose of Jesus’ instructions in 14?

11a. Compare and contrast 15 and 16. Why did Jesus not grasp the opportunity to preach to and heal the multitudes?

11b. What is the role of prayer in your life and ministry?

C.     5:17-26

12. What can we learn from the men who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus?

13. What can we learn from the statement, “He saw their faith” (20)?

14. What divine power did Jesus demonstrate in 22?

15. Why did Jesus forgive the man’s sin instead of simply healing him right away?

16a. What is the point of Jesus’ question in 23?

16b.  How does the healing show that Jesus had power to forgive sins?

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