Visual Luke In Their Hand
Tonight, there’s a Momma in her kitchen, frantically trying to pull food together for her family before they head off to soccer practice, and her little girl comes in asking her one of those great kid questions about Jesus and why she (the Momma) believes in him. This Momma would love to be able to tell her daughter the whole story of Jesus, but she’s not sure she even knows where to start–and she sure doesn’t have time right now. She knows it’s all in the Bible somewhere but she’s not sure where. But there her daughter is, asking questions.
This Momma could be a mom from your church, or one who shares the soccer team with the mom from your church. Both would love to be able to engage with their children around their Christian faith, but the tools of the church–the Bible story books–don’t match her life. So the books sit at home and the Momma’s hope they get home in time to squeeze in a story before bed, when the little girl has long since lost interest in the question.
But what if she had a tool in her phone that would help her engage her daughter in a conversation about Jesus as soon as they got in the car or on the subway?We developed the Visual Luke App with that Momma in our hearts and minds. And now it’s ready for you to download and encourage all of your people to do the same.
Over the past two years, we’ve developed a process that uses images and questions to help connect life and Scripture for the process of spiritual transformation. One of the outcomes of this partnership has been the development of a phone app for Visual Luke.
In short, we ask a “Before Question” that relates to the three or four images we provide for each section of each chapter in Luke. Then we provide the text in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible. And finally we ask one or two questions at the end of the passage to encourage people to connect life in their context with Scripture.Here’s a “taste and see” of Visual Luke with these three images.
Select one of the images above that most draws you in. Does this image conveys something for which you have a deep longing. What is that longing?
Now read: Luke 20:27-40 Life in the Future World
27 The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after death. So some of them came to Jesus 28 and said: Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children, his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be thought of as the son of the dead brother. 29 There were once seven brothers. The first one married, but died without having any children. 30 The second one married his brother’s widow, and he also died without having any children. 31 The same thing happened to the third one. Finally, all seven brothers married that woman and died without having any children. 32 At last the woman died. 33 When God raises people from death, whose wife will this woman be? All seven brothers had married her. 34 Jesus answered: The people in this world get married. 35 But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36 or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life. 37 In the story about the burning bush, Moses clearly shows that people will live again. He said, “The Lord is the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 38 So the Lord isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned. 39 Some of the teachers of the Law of Moses said, “Teacher, you have given a good answer!” 40 From then on, no one dared to ask Jesus any questions.
Questions after reading:
When you read Jesus’ response here, what are you thinking? Feeling?
How does this story express your image and your longing?
You can download this BETA version of our app through the Apple Store by searching for “Visual Faith Bible” or click the button below. Note that word BETA. While we’ve done a bunch of testing and tweaking of this app but we know it still needs more work. We value your feedback! We want to know how this app works for you and how it could work better. There is a SURVEY button on the home page of the app for your feedback. This is an iPhone app only at this time. Sorry, no Android version yet! You can download it to an iPad by selecting “iPhone only apps.”
We hope you enjoy this way of connecting life and Scripture for spiritual transformation! Please share Visual Luke with others and use it in personal/family devotions, in groups, in church, and for mentoring others. And please consider the GIVE button (at the top of this page and also on the app’s home screen). For the sake of Moms and Dads and kids and Grandmas and Grandpas too, there is much more work to be done to put a Bible that connects into their hands.