Sermon Discussion: Luke 15:1-32 - God's Pursuing Love for the Lost

Here are some questions to consider and discuss in our home groups as we look together at Luke 15:

  1. What questions did you have about this passage coming into the sermon? Did the sermon raise new questions for you? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
  2. How was the sermon outlined?
  3. A popular saying maintains that “a man is known by the company he keeps.” Is this true or false? How do we tend to misuse such ideas?
  4. What is the context for Luke 15? What issue does Jesus’ parables address?
  5. What’s the main point of the three parables Jesus tells? In the parable of the father and his two sons, what is unexpected about the father’s reception of his younger son? How do these parables challenge our natural beliefs about how God responds to people?
  6. How have you previously understood the role of the older brother in Jesus’ parable? What is Jesus’ teaching through the elder son?
  7. What problem is at the root of both sons’ lostness? How are the two brothers similar despite their external differences?
  8. Outright rebellion is often easy to spot, but what are some of the symptoms of religious self-salvation that we see in the elder brother that can help us examine our own hearts? Which of these symptoms do you see in yourself?
  9. How is it possible for God to rejoice over repentant sinners? How does that undercut religious pride and condemning attitudes toward the lost?
  10. How should the gospel of God’s pursuing love shape us individually and as a community?

Sermon Discussion: Luke 12:1-12 - The Fear of Man and the Fear of God

Here are some questions to consider and discuss together as we share life in our home groups.

  1. What was the main point of the sermon? How was the sermon outlined? Were there questions or insights you had while listening that weren’t addressed?
  2. What is the fear of man? How have you seen the fear of man operating in your own heart and life? Take some time to confess sin and repent together.
  3. How does the fear of man lead to hypocritical religion? What warning does Jesus give concerning hypocrisy?
  4. When we fear man, what does that suggest we believe about God? Why is it so easy to forget the holiness of God? How can the truth of God’s holiness be a weapon in the battle against the fear of man?
  5. A common phrase in many Christian circles says that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” In light of our passage, why does this phrase fail to do justice to the love of God? How does the assurance of God’s love empower bold witness?
  6. What does it mean that Jesus is our advocate? Why is this a powerful weapon against the fear of man?
  7. In the past, how have you understood Jesus’ teaching on the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Have you dealt with fear, insecurity, or anxiety because of this teaching? What is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and what is the blasphemy of the Spirit? In what ways do Jesus’ words actually provide comfort for believers?
  8. Take a moment to pray for the global church, especially for those believers who are daily experiencing violence and oppression for their faith. Have their been times when you were “put on trial” for confessing Jesus? What was that like? How does Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit help kill anxiety when we are answering hostile questions about our faith?
  9. As a community, how can we be arming one another with these weapons to fight against the fear of man and walk faithfully and courageously in the fear of the Lord?