How to Study Luke (NASB)
Luke's in writing is stated in Luke 1:1 - 4
As you read chapter by chapter, be sure to do the following:
Mark in the text the keywords: kingdom of God, Son of Man, mark every reference to the devil or demons, covenant, pray (prayer, etc) disciple (s), sins (sinner), every reference to Jesus;' second coming, Christ (Messiah) (NASB)
Mark references to time with a green clock. The references will come in many different forms, from the mention of actual days or years to the naming of a Jewish feast, a chief priest, or a King. This part of your study will keep before you the timing and sequence of the events in Jesus' life. These are critical to Luke's purpose.
It is also important to note where each event takes place. Double-underline in green every reference to places, cities, or regions. Locate these on a map.
Observe the main events and teaching covered in each chapter. (Note: Much of the material in Like 1 - 3; 10 - 18 is unique to Luke).
As you list each event in the margin of the text, color code or mark it in a distinctive way so it can be recognized as an event. This will help you see at a glance the chronology of the events in Luke.
Pay attention to the setting and the response of those who are listening or participating in what is happening. Observe where Jesus is, His relationships to people, what social events He is involved in, and what He expects from people.
Disciple (s) is a key word. You may want to make a list of everything you learn from marking it.
If Jesus tells a parable or tells of an incident such as the rich man and Lazarus dying (Luke 16), note what provokes Jesus to do so
Record the theme of each chapter in Structure of Luke. Do the same for the theme of the book as you complete the chart.
Record the facts concerning Jesus' betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion in The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and The Account of Jesus' Resurrection. In your notebook, record the facts concerning the resurrection, post resurrection appearances, and ascension. Note the chapter and the verses for each insight. After you do this for all four Gospels you will have comprehensive notes on what took place at this time in our Lord's life.
Record in Gospels and the Kingdom of God the information you glean from marking every references to the kingdom of God in Luke.
Key doctrines in Luke
Human fear in the presence of God - this response is normal and appropriate when confronted with the mighty work of God (1:30, 65; 2:9, 10; 5:10, 26; 7:16; 8:25, 37, 50; 9:34, 45; 12:5; 23:40; Lev 19:14, 32; 25:17, 36, 43; Deut 25:18; Judg 6:22; 2Sam 23:3; 2Chr 20:29; 26:5; Prov 1:7; Neh 5:15; 13:22; Mark 16:5; Acts 9:31; 1Tim 5:20)
The mysteries of divine truth - wonderment surrounds the mysteries of Christ' words and works (1:21, 63; 2:18, 19, 33, 47, 48; 5:9; 8:25; 9:43-45; 11:14; 20:26; 24:12, 41; Job 11:7; Dan 2:47; Matt 13:35; Mark 4:10-20; Rom 11:25; 1Cor 2:7; 4:1; Eph 5:32; Col 1:25-27; 4:3; 1Tim 3:16; Rev 10:7)
Forgiveness - its place in human life (3:3; 5:20-25; 6:37; 7:41-50. 11:4; 12:10; 17:3, 4; 23:34; 24:47; Gen 50:20, 21; Ps 7:4; Prove 19:11; Matt 6:1, 15; 18:22; Mark 11:25; 2Cor 2:5-11; James 2:13; 1Pet 4:8)
The role of the Holy Spirit - the Spirit in our lives (1:15, 35. 41. 67; 2:25-27; 3:16,22; 4:1, 14, 18; 10:21; 11:13; 12:10, 12; Gen 1:2; Job 26:13; Ps 104:30 Ezek 37:11-14; Zech 4:7; Matt 12:28; John 14:16; 15:26; Acts 1:8; 8:29; Rom 8:11; 15:19; 1Cor 2:4, 113; 1 Thess 1:5; 1 Pet 3:18)
Christ's death on the cross - the very purpose for which Christ came to earth (9:22-23; 17:25; 18:31-33; 24:25, 26, 46; Is 53:7-9; Acts 13:29; 1 Cor 1:18; 5:7; Gal 5:11; 6:14; Eph 5:2; Phil 2:8; Col 2:14; Heb 10:1, 1, 12)