“Surrender & Single-Mindedness” – Luke 4:1-13 – Pastor Jim Glesne
Jesus’ ministry was characterized not only by great expectations but great refusals.
Jesus said “No” to the Devil because He had already said “Yes” to the Father.
We are called to stay focused and to live accordingly.
1. We must be wise to the schemes of Satan.
2. We must bow before the superiority of the Son of God.
3. We must be armed with God’s strategies for the saints.
1. How did Jesus end up in the wilderness? Compare the terms that Mark uses in Mark 1:12. Does God allow temptations and trials for His children?
2. What is the purpose of such trials in our lives (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5)?
3. What is the difference between trials and temptations? What are the benefits of them? Why did Jesus need to be tempted?
4. Why did the devil twice bait Jesus as “the Son of God” (4:3, 9), but not on the second temptation (4:6)?
5. Why did Jesus respond to the temptations with the phrase, “It is written,” twice (4:4, 8), but not on the third temptation (4:12)?
6. Why does Luke remind us that the devil only left Jesus “until an opportune time” (4:13)?
7. What could Jesus say about Satan’s grip on him (John 14:30)? Why was this?
8. How does the temptation of Jesus encourage us (Hebrews 4:15)? What should we do whenever we are tempted and we fail (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:9)?