July 27, 2014
Glimpses of the Kingdom
Are you someone who loses things, like car keys, frequently? Can you share a story of something valuable that was lost and found?
How did God speak to you through this week’s Scripture / sermon? What are you going to do in response to what you heard?
Luke 15:3,8,20,28. God is the seeker of the lost (Luke 19:10) who initiated our salvation, “while we were still powerless,” “while we were still sinners,” and “while we were [God’s] enemies” (Romans 5:6-11). What does this reveal about God? about our own religious efforts?
Luke 15:20. The father humiliated himself, running to save his son from the just penalty due for his rebellion and the dishonor he had brought upon family and village (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). According to Philippians 2:5-8 and 1 Peter 2:21-25, how did Jesus Christ do the same for us?
Why do you think some have called the final parable: “The Parable of the Lost Sons” (cf. Luke 15:25-32)? In what way was the older brother just as lost as the younger brother? Do you think that those who believe themselves found are in greater danger than those who know themselves lost? Why?
Luke 15:1-2; 19:7 (cf. 5:29-32). Jesus’ declarations about seeking the lost were always in response to the criticism of “religious” types who did not consider themselves “lost.” Who do you think is “more” lost - those lost in their immorality or those lost in their own morality (cf. Matthew 21:31-32)?
The final parable is the only one that does not involve a proper search (cf. 15:4,8). “According to Middle Eastern custom, the oldest son should have been the key reconciler between the father and his rebellious sibling” (Mark Strauss). What should the older brother have done on behalf of the father and for the sake of his lost brother? According to 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, what should you and I be doing on behalf of our Father for the sake of the lost?
Luke 15:6,9,22-23,30. “Prodigal” is defined as, “wastefully extravagant; giving something on a lavish scale.” Who is the “prodigal” in these passages? What does this reveal to us about God?
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