Saint Columba’s United Reformed Church, North Shields
Learning from Luke – Six Conversations
Thursday evenings at 7.15 p.m. on ZOOM, staring January 20th 2022
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Six conversations led by the Reverend Trevor Jamison, exploring what Luke tells us about Jesus. The meetings are open to all, whatever your previous knowledge or experience.
- January 20th – A Problem Preacher: Luke 4.14–30
Another chance to reflect on the relationship of Old Testament to gospel. Jesus shows a special concern for troubled people. Why does everyone in Nazareth get so angry? What are the problems of talking about God to the people who know us best?
- January 27th – Bread of Night: Luke 11.1–13
This slightly unfamiliar version of the Lord’s Prayer may help us to listen more acutely to what it says. What does the parable say about prayer? Does it also speak about the ways that prayer to God and love to neighbour interlock? How do we live with these promises about asking and receiving?
- February 3rd – Fox and Chickens: Luke 13.31–35
These verses are a chance to think about Jesus’ own sense of vocation and destiny, and about some of the people and pressures he lived among. What does it mean to call him a prophet? How does he blend caution and commitment, determination and despair? How should we?
- February 10th – Looking Up: Luke 19.1–10
A well-known account of Jesus and a loveable rogue. But is Zacchaeus loveable? And was he a rogue? What is the key verse of this passage? (You can support almost any answer.) Where do people go today when they want to see Jesus without others getting in the way?
- February 17th – The Place Called Skull: Luke 23.32–49
The dreadful scene on the cross. Words go to and fro, of faith and challenge, and of love and anger. What feelings did the cross evoke in the people who were there? What responses does it produce in people now?
- February 24th – Going Out: Luke 24.44–53
Luke’s gospel ends by looking back and looking forward. The Old and New Testaments belong together; we understand each better through the other. The message is for the world, and the church is left expectant and joyful. What helps us to live as people of hope and praise?
Choice of topics taken from
‘Luke’s Jesus: The Message and Meaning of Luke’s Gospel’, by John Proctor. Grove Books, 2009.