Sermon Discussion: Luke 18:9-34 - From Pride to Becoming Like a Child

As we gather in our home groups this week, here are some questions to consider in light of this week’s sermon:

  1. What was the main point of the sermon? How was it outlined?
  2. As you listened to the sermon or read through the text again, what questions came to mind? Are there portions of the passage that are difficult to understand? Did you have any insights that weren’t mentioned?
  3. Why does religion so easily turn into a source of pride? In what ways do you find yourself regularly tempted with religious pride? What else can we make a source of pride? What's at the heart of pride in all its forms? Use this as an opportunity to confess sin together.
  4. What’s the emphasis in the Pharisee’s prayer? What about in the tax collector’s? What do their prayers reveal about their relationship to God? Think about your own prayers: What do they communicate about God?
  5. When the disciples rebuke the people in verse 15, what are they failing to understand about Jesus? What does Jesus mean when he says, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it”? How does that challenge how we typically view ourselves?
  6. What are some of the effects that pride has on our relationships to other people? Where do you see those at work in your own relationships? How does the gospel bring restoration to our relationships with others?
  7. What’s going on in Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler? What is Jesus intending to show him? Why does Jesus say that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God”?
  8. Are there ways that you are mastered by your possessions, your job, or some other worldly idol? How does knowing Jesus free you to begin relating to the world in a different way?
  9. How is the gospel good news both for those who have been hurt by pride and those who have hurt others in pride?
  10. In light of Jesus’ teaching in this passage, how would you engage with someone who objected that Christianity makes people proud and condemning? How can you prepare your heart to speak humbly with people about the Christian faith?

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?