The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.


When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.



Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament book of Luke. Luke, like Matthew and Mark, is one of the books we calls the “Gospels.” The word *gospel means good news. Almost half of the New Testament consists of the four accounts of the life of Jesus. Each of these four books, or *Gospels, is for a different group of readers. Together, they give us a complete story of Jesus. They tell us about his life and his teachings. A large part of each of these books tells the story of Jesus’ final week on earth. That last week was when Jesus died and rose to life again.


After you read what the Book of Luke is about, you will find some verses from Luke that you can read. These verses will help you understand how Luke wrote and what was important to him.




Luke was a doctor. He was also a good writer. Luke tells many stories of how Jesus cared for the sick and poor. Luke’s book is full of joy. He tells us many of Jesus’ stories. Many of these stories had special meanings.


Reading Luke
Verses to Get You Started


Jesus is born.
Luke 2:1-20

Jesus makes a dead boy live.
Luke 7:11-17

Jesus tells about a man who helps.
Luke 10:25-37

Jesus tells about a rich fool.
Luke 12:13-21

Jesus tells about a lost son.
Luke 15:11-32

Jesus heals ten men.
Luke 17:11-19


Word List

Gospel: A book about the good news. The message that Jesus came to save us from the results of sin. One of the four books at the beginning of the New Testament.