Luke 6:39-49

Talks for Growing Christians

The Lord Continues His Discourse

Luke 6:39-49

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Lesson Number 17

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Godly leadership requires personal character.
  2. Godly character requires personal obedience.

Practical Application

  1. Pick your teachers carefully!


  1. Is this sermon the same as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7?
  2. Who was the audience for this sermon? Why is this important for interpretation?
  3. Fill in the blanks: The extent to which you can be a ________ to others is determined by your _________ condition and personal _________.
  4. What is the #1 requirement for godly character?
  5. Who were the Old Testament examples given to illustrate the parable of the Wise Man and Foolish Man?


  1. This may be Luke’s abbreviated account of the Sermon on the Mount. Or it may be another sermon containing similar content.
  2. This sermon was addressed to the disciples, although many in the multitude would have heard as well. This is not a gospel message to unbelievers, but a message concerning righteous living for believers.
  3. blessing; spiritual; character
  4. Obedience
  5. Abraham and Lot, review their stories.


  1. Discuss how your personal character affects, and even determines, your fruit in ministry. Discuss why this principle is true: your spiritual condition determines the blessing you will be to others.
  2. A consistent godly character is based on a lifetime of knowledge and obedience to God’s Word. Two believers’ lives may look the same from the outside, but the difference will be seen when the storms and floods of life come. How do difficult times reveal the true character of a person?


  1. Christ taught that a pupil will become like his teacher. Who is training you in your Christian life? Do these teachers have godly character and personal values that you want to copy?

Key Verses

  • “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?” Luke 6:39
  • “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

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