The Lost Parables
Passage: Luke 15:1–32
MISSIONAL COMMUNITY QUESTIONS
Was there anything from Sunday’ sermon that encouraged, challenged, or confused you? What was the major take away for you personally?
1. What is the purpose of the parables? Why is the context important when studying scripture?
2. In Luke 15:1, we learn that the tax-collectors and sinners were drawing near to hear Jesus. What is the significance of Jesus eating with tax-collectors and sinners? Who are the ‘outcasts’ and ‘sinners’ of today? Who do you eat with? Make a list of “tax-collectors and sinners” that you can intentionally have lunch with.
3. The Pharisees are paying close attention to Jesus relationship with sinners. Who are the Pharisees?
4. In what ways are you like a tax-collector and sinner…in what ways are you like the Pharisees?
5. What was revealed to you about Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and your life through the Parable of the Lost Sheep?
6. What was revealed to you about Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and your life through the Parable of Lost Coin?
7. What is the significance of celebration in both of these parables?
8. What was revealed to you about Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and you life through the Parable of the Lost Son?
9. Who is the first son represent? Who does the Father represent? Who does the older son represent?
10. What is “left out” of the last story? What is the significance of this?
11. What is the overarching truth of these parables? How should we be humbled, challenged, and encouraged by these stories?
12. So what?