Sermon Discussion: Luke 17:1-10 - Sin and Reconciliation in the Family of God

Here are some questions to foster discussion during home group this week:

  1. What questions did you have during or after the sermon? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
  2. What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
  3. Why do you think Jesus felt it was important to warn Christians about “stumbling blocks” and what is he referring to? What are some examples of what it looks like to unprepared for sin in a community? What are some dangers of denying that our community is above sins that could bring destruction to the community and/or that could tempt people to reject Christ?
  4. Why does Jesus issue a greater warning of judgment upon those who tempt others (little ones) to stumble? What are some examples of this sort of failure today?
  5. What instructions does Jesus give us to prepare us to deal with sin in our own community?
  6. Why is it essential that we begin with self-examination and repentance? What happens when we don’t start here? How do we watch ourselves? What does the gospel have to do with this? What practices does this require? What are some of your experiences with this?
  7. Why do we need to rebuke one another and what does it mean to do so? What is the goal of rebuking others? How do we do this? When do we do this? What does the gospel have to do with this? What are some of your experiences with this?
  8. Why do we need to forgive one another? What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? How often must we forgive and why? How do we deal with people who don’t repent? What should be our attitude toward them? How does the gospel relate to our need to show forgiveness and practice reconciliation?
  9. What is Jesus point in the parable about the mustard seed? Why does Jesus correct the disciples in their request for more faith? How does faith provide the power to accomplish the difficult/impossible? 
  10. What is the point of the parable Jesus tells? Why is this an important lesson? What are some examples where this lesson is not being heeded?
  11. How does this passage as a whole give us a greater understanding of the church’s witness?