Thanks to a strong economy, inflation is a term that we don’t hear much today in the US. But there was a time, not that long ago, when inflation ran amok and wreaked havoc on our economy. Many of you will never forget the long gas lines and double-digit mortgage interest rates of the 1970’s? Thankfully, we have not had to endure anything like that in several decades and hopefully we will not ever see those days again in our lifetime.
The CPI is one of the key economic indicators that we use to gauge inflation in the US. This important metric measures the rate of increase, or decrease, in consumer prices across the country. Rising prices cause the CPI to move higher on the chart and falling prices move the trendline lower. The CPI is often considered to be one of the best leading indicators of trouble or prosperity ahead for our nation.
Why am I writing about the CPI? Because our study this week unpacks a spiritual CPI indicator of sorts in the Gospel of Luke. Like the economic CPI indicator of the early 1970’s, the spiritual CPI indicator in the Gospel of Luke points to challenges ahead. Rather than the Consumer Price Index, Luke records a Confession, Predication and Instructions that all point to a significant event on the horizon. Together, they served as a leading indicator for the earthly ministry of Jesus at that time.
Intrigued; I hope so. Join us this week as we unpack Luke 9:18-27 and get the CPI forecast directly from Jesus himself. What was the outlook for Jesus, Peter and the disciples? Where were things headed? Join us for the journey and find out.
If you’re unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File. For more information on this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.