Narrative Structure of Luke 1:5-38

As I’m taking Luke in fairly big chunks, my first big chunk is 1:5-38 – the narrative of the promised births of John the Baptist (JtB) and Jesus. Having started working on this passage in the last week or so, I’ve noticed a useful device that Luke uses to structure the narrative. (Time, and more work, will tell if he uses this method throughout the rest of his gospel?).

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Luke Divisions

Part of working ahead of time in semon prep, means that you need to know what your are preaching and when, well in advance. This means planning sermons programmes carefully. In order to plan a year’s worth of sermons in Luke, I put together an Excel spreadsheet to help me work out where are some suitable places to divide the book into preach-able chunks. Here’s my spreadsheet:

Luke Divisions

Luke and Isaiah

I’ve recently been appointed as Pastor of a church in Poole, UK. I start work there sometime in August/September. That means I’ve got May, June and July to really get some prep work done on my first sermon series’. I’ve spoken with the other church leaders and we have agreed that in the mornings will study Luke’s gospel, and in the evening we’ll study Isaiah (probably just chs1-6 to get us started).

So I’m going to work hard between now and Aug/Sept to get as much prep work done as I can. I want to get the books divided into weekly sermons, translate, diagram and make notes on as many of the passages as I can. I’ll put my work up here as and when I can.

Today I ordered Bock on Luke, and I already have Morris. I also have Oswalt, Motyer and Webb on Isaiah. Any other commentary recommendations are welcome. Thanks