Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 6 Study # 3
November 30, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<488> Thesis: Understanding Jesus begins with understanding oneself. Introduction: As we have looked into Luke's final statement in the unit comprised of chapter seven, we have seen that Luke wanted Theophilus to fully embrace Jesus as worthy of an extravagant love ... a love that opens the door to the ability to trust Him explicitly. This is, after all is said and done, the "secret" to "Life" as a composite of "righteousness, peace, and joy." But, to love Jesus extravagantly is no small task. This ability has considerable requirements for the one proposing to so love Him, as well as huge commitments from Him as the One worthy of such love. So, anything Luke can tell us that will enable us to move towards the ability to love Jesus extravagantly should be welcomed by us. Given the thesis that Luke was unfolding not only the issue of the importance of love for Jesus, but also the way to practice such love, we are going to look into what he told Theophilus about the inner workings of the mind of a man who did not love in that way. Our assumption is that Luke believed that a valid grasp of what hinders love can enable a valid practice of love.