Sermon Discussion: Luke 13:1-9 - Understanding and Responding to Tragedy

Here are a few questions to consider as we eat, pray, and look at God’s word together in our home groups:

  1. What questions did you have during and after the sermon? What insights did you have that may not have been mentioned?
  2. What was the outline for the sermon?
  3. Explain the moralistic religious way of interpreting tragedy. Who is most likely to understand tragedy this way and why? What are the results of this sort of thinking? What it is about us that is prone to think and be this way?
  4. Explain the cynical irreligious way of interpreting tragedy. What is the result of this sort of thinking? What is it about us that is prone to think and be this way?
  5. How does Jesus’ parable undermine both of the errors we are prone to make in understanding tragedy? What is the message of the parable and what response does it demand?
  6. How does the cross demonstrate the same lesson of Jesus’ parable? How does the cross provide the power to endure suffering and tragedy?
  7. What are some of the unique temptations that arise when we are not suffering? What are some of the unique temptations that arise when we are suffering? How do the cross and the call to repent of our sin combat the temptations of suffering and tragedy?
  8. How should this passage inform our understanding of those who make judgments about the meaning of particular cases of tragedy or suffering for those involved?
  9. How can this passage help us to explain the Christian faith in a compelling way to non-Christians?