Faith Based Activities:
Following are links to materials for each session in the faith-based unit,Social Justice and Human Rights: A Lenten Bible Study Series
Before you begin, please read the Notes for Facilitators and Introduction to Luke.
- Session 1: Luke 4:1-13.
Luke 4:1-13 is a transition between two major sections of Luke: Jesus’ infancy, boyhood and preparation for public ministry (1:5-4:13); and Jesus’ ministry in Galilee (4:14-9:50). Galilee is a region of north of Judea (the region where Jerusalem is located) and Samaria, and served as a major geographical center for the first part for Jesus’ ministry.
- Session 2: Luke 9:28-36
Jesus’ transfiguration represents a significant turning point in Luke. The question “Who is Jesus?” is posed especially in chapters 7-9. Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Christ,” or Messiah (9:18-27). This moment represents the beginning of a shift in Jesus’ teaching. From this point on in Luke Jesus prepares the disciples for his death and for the discipleship of bearing one’s cross daily (9:23). Jesus speaks about his approaching suffering five more times on the way to Jerusalem.
- Session 3: Luke 13:1-9
This story takes place as Jesus and his disciples begin their journey toward Jerusalem (Lk 9:51-19:27)—a journey that will culminate in his ministry, crucifixion and resurrection in and around Jerusalem (Lk 19:28-24:53). Along the way Jesus is constantly challenged by the words and needs of the both of the educated and uneducated, rich and poor, elites and social outcastes. One of the most important ways that Jesus taught his disciples and the crowds, in addition to his actions, was through parables—by telling stories about everyday experiences.
- Session 4: Luke 15:11-32
Jesus teaches the parable of the prodigal son during his journey toward Jerusalem (9:51-19:27)—a journey that will culminate in his ministry, passion and resurrection in and around Jerusalem (19:28-24:53). This parable is the third of three parables that Jesus tells in response to scribes and Pharisees that grumble because he eats with tax collectors and sinners (15:1-2). In these parables things and a person that were lost are found and incorporated back into the larger community—including a sheep (15:4-7), a coin (15:8-10), and a son (15:11-32). The return of the sheep and the coin are each compared to the rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents (15:7, 10). Likewise, the prodigal son is also a parable of reconciliation and restoration.
- Session 5: John 8:1-11
The day before the events in this passage, Jesus teaches in the Jerusalem Temple that he is the “stream of living water” for “all who are thirsty” (Jn 7:37-38). In this passage, Jesus is coming early to the temple to teach on the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a day of rest (Lev 23:39). The Feast of Tabernacles celebrates the ingathering of the harvest and is the fourth annual festival in the Jewish calendar (2 Chr 8:13; Ezra 3:4; Zech 14:16).