Authors: Patrick Schwenk
You have finished Luke Volume 2. I hope you continue to enjoy reading and studying the Bible as much as I do. The Bible is not just any normal book. It is God's Word, but it is also God's Story!
The Bible tells us how in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Everything and everyone belongs to Him! God created us to live in a loving friendship and relationship with Him. The bad news is that just like Adam and Eve, our sins separate us from God. But the good news is that because God loves us, He sent us a Savior, Jesus, to rescue us from our sins.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." The news is that good! When we believe in Jesus, God forgives us of our sins and gives us everlasting life! As Christians, we do not go through life alone. We know that God loves us and is always with us no matter what happens. And best of all, some day we will be together in Heaven with God. Now that is something to look forward to!
I hope you will continue reading and studying God's Word. But most importantly, I pray that as you learn more about God it will help you to love God more. He is truly amazing and worth living for!
There is a lot more to dig for, so be sure to check out another Bible adventure soon!
: Angels were created by God to be helpers or messengers. They do not have a physical body, but are created, spiritual beings.
: These were a group of Jewish leaders who served as priests in the Temple.
Christ (or Messiah)
: Christ, or Messiah, means God's anointed or chosen savior. This is Jesus!
: These are bad or evil angels who sinned against God and who now work against God in the world.
Fast (or Fasting)
: A fast is when someone does not eat and instead focuses on prayer, repentance, and the study of God's Word. Before, and even during the time of Jesus, the Jewish people fasted during the biblical holidays. They would often fast and pray for forgiveness, for God to come and save them, and when they were sad. A fast could last a day, several days, or even several weeks!
: The Holy Spirit is not just a power or force. He is God, by His power and presence, living in us as Christians. The Bible teaches that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all work together as One.
: Herod was the King over Judea during the time of Jesus' birth.
: Leprosy was a skin disease that caused the Israelites to be unclean according to God's commandments in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. An Israelite with leprosy had to move out of the camp until they were clean.
: These people were a group of Jews during Jesus' time who were very concerned with obeying God's commandments. They believed God had given Moses all of these commandments at Mt. Sinai to write for all of the Jewish people to obey. These commandments were called the Written Law and are the first five books of the Old Testament. Not only did they believe God gave Moses these commandments to write down, but they also believed that God spoke other commandments to them that they called the Oral Law. Eventually the Oral Law was written down in a book that is now today called the Mishnah.
Repent (or Repentance)
: Repent means to turn away from sin and turn to God.
: Sabbath means "to cease." The Sabbath is a weekly day of rest. It runs from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. It is a special day each week to cease from working and focus on worshipping God.
: This was a group of Jewish leaders during the time of Jesus. Most scholars believe they helped to run the Temple in Jerusalem. They had slightly different beliefs than the Pharisees. For example, they only accepted the first five books of the Old Testament, the Written Law, as God's Word. Unlike the Pharisees, they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, or in angels (Mark 12:18; Acts 23:8).
Satan (or the Devil)
: Satan, or the Devil, is the leader of all fallen and bad angels.
: The Temple was a large building, like a church, where the Jewish people worshipped God. It was located in Jerusalem.
About the Author
Patrick Schwenk is a husband, father, and pastor. He is married to Ruth Schwenk, the creator of
The Better Mom
). They met while attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Pat and his wife have been married for fourteen years and currently have four children ages three to ten.
Facebook: Pat Schwenk
Design and Artwork:
Cover Design by Design by Insight –
Oasis Artwork by Steve Miller –
Edited by Jordy Liz Edits –