The Gospel of Luke From the Outside In
Author: David Morlan
Publisher: LifeWay Christian Resources
Release Date: April 01, 2013
The Gospel of Luke: From the Outside In - Member Book offers rich spiritual content that is biblically rooted and gospel centered. It includes a small-group experience for 12 small-group sessions, individual study, applicable Scripture, and a group discussion guide written by Dave Morlan, Ph.D and edited by D.A. Carson.
Luke brings the gospel of Jesus from the outside in. From start to finish he depicts Jesus as accessible to the unknowns, the outcast, the lost, and the hopeless. Luke shows the stunning embrace of the returned prodigal son and the embittered response of his "righteous" brother. Luke displays Jesus' invitation to Zacchaeus, the hated tax collector eavesdropping on Jesus from the outside and shows the grumbling response of the crowd on the inside: "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." As Jesus' ministry continues, Luke points out that Jesus' desire was not just to call sinners but to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). That is, through Him sinners could find reconciliation with God. As a result, this return to God by outsiders causes insiders to re-evaluate the biblical story and examine what the foundation of their relationship with God ought to be.