Luke is the favorite Gospel of many because it emphasizes Jesus humanity as the God-Man. It shows the Messiah's compassion and how He identified Himself with us. Many of Jesus best-known parables, like the stories of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan, are found only in Luke. Luke tells us more about the birth than any other Gospel writer. And Luke gives us Christs manifestothe clear statement of His missionthe key to the ministry of the Messiah.
In Romans, chapters 12-16, Paul emphasizes the practical application of the truths he has shared in relation to God, the church, other believers, the government, the world, and ourselves. Paul specifically addresses: hospitality, serving, humility, forgiveness, prayer, honor, being an example, the gray areas of life and how to let love dictate how we respond to differences of opinion. Paul ends with his primary goal: to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In our concluding look at Galatians we have insight into Pauls handicap and his explanation of the new birth which is like physical birth. Paul teaches if Christ has made us free then we should remain free. Pauls little letter to the Ephesians is very profound. Paul tells us that in Christ and in the heavenly realm we have access to everything we need to live a Godly holy life. The problem is we sometimes look in the wrong place.
To study the Bible and apply its truths to life requires work. Effective Bible study is a three-part process: observation, interpretation, and application. In other words, we ask ourselves these three questions: What does it say? What does it mean? and What does it mean to me? The first book of the Bible, Genesis, helps us understand our world and ourselves as we were intended to be and as we are now.