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Parables for the Journey

by Michael L. Ruffin

Luke Teaching Guide
Paperback | 146 pages
Retail Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-57312-849-0

Luke Study Guide
Paperback | 108 pages
Retail Price: $6.00
ISBN: 978-1-57312-850-6

Brief Description

This study focuses on Jesus’ parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. These parables are stories that, according to Luke, Jesus shared with his disciples as they accompanied him on the most crucial journey they ever took together—the journey to Jerusalem. There Jesus would die, and there the disciples would learn of the true nature and cost of following him. These stories in Luke’s Gospel are pilgrimage parables. They are parables for those on the way to being the people of God. They are not places where we stop and stay; they are rather places where we learn what we need to learn and from which, equipped with Jesus’ directions, we continue the journey. But we will see that they are also places to which we repeatedly return. Because it became Scripture, Luke’s Gospel functions for us as it has for generations of believers through the centuries: as our guidebook while we try to find our own way in following Jesus. Like Jesus’ first disciples and like Luke’s original audience, we want to follow Jesus in taking up our cross and laying down our life.

About the Author

Michael L. Ruffin is Connections Editor with Smyth & Helwys. He served as a pastor and a university professor prior to joining Smyth & Helwys in 2015. He is a graduate of Mercer University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Debra, live on the Ruffin Family Farm in Yatesville, Georgia. They are the parents of Joshua, who is married to Michelle, and of Sara, who is married to Benjamin. You can visit him anytime at

Annual Bible Study Resources

Luke Teaching Guide

This Teaching Guide for the Smyth & Helwys Annual Bible Study on Luke’s parables includes teaching options, suggested worship and sermon outlines, and approaches to leading discussions and group study. This guide also includes relevant lesson plans for including youth and children in a congregational study of the parables of Luke

Luke Study Guide

This Study Guide for the Smyth & Helwys Annual Bible Study on Luke’s parables serves three purposes: to educate the learner on major issues of appropriate interpretation, to offer an overview of theological themes, and to build the learner’s Bible study skills by reviewing significant interpretations. Each session comes with thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion.

Annual Bible Study Bundles

ABS Luke Study Guide Bundle
Includes 10 copies of the Luke ABS Study Guide
Retail Price: $60.00 • Online Price: $37.50
ABS Luke Teacher’s Bundle
Includes (1) Luke ABS Study Guide,
(1) Luke ABS Teaching Guide,
(1) Reading Luke,
(1) Luke: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary by Richard B. Vinson
Retail Price: $110.00 • Online Price: $95.00

Table of Contents

On a Journey with Jesus
Session 1
Perspective on Pride (Luke 10:25-37; 18:9-14)
Session 2
Perspective on Prayer (Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-8)
Session 3
Perspective on Possessions (Luke 12:16-21; 16:19-31)
Session 4
Perspective on Place (Luke 14: 7-11; 15:11-32)
Teaching Acts to Youth
Teaching Acts to Children

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