January 7, 2018
January 7, 2018 – God’s Pleasure in the Repentance of Sinners
Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. Read the passage and describe some of the aspects in this scene. List some of the major groups in the story and their response to Jesus. Do you think that this same type of situation is applicable today?
3. What is the significance of Luke stating that the tax collectors and sinners were “coming near” Jesus? How do you think the religious leaders viewed these groups of people and their and Jesus’ actions (cf. Luke 7:39; 18:11)? For what reason were these people coming to Jesus?
4. Describe the general attitude of the Pharisees and scribes toward other people and Jesus. Can you think of another group of people from the Old Testament that these religious leaders mirrored in their actions (cf. Exodus 15:24; 16:2). What would be the significance of that connection made by Luke?
5. Do you think the way in which Jesus often responded to the religious leaders is proper for today (cf. Matthew 23:25, 27, 29)? Why or why not? What are some principles that should guide us in our manner of dealing and responding to people that rely on a false sense of salvation?
6. What stands out to you most important about the parable of the lost sheep (vs. 4-7)? Why do you think that Jesus used sheep in his example? Describe the level of concern and measure of actions taken by the shepherd. How should this serve as an example of the way in which we regard people who are lost from God?
7. The second parable uses the example of a woman instead of a man. Do you think this is significant? Why or why not? Describe the extent to which the woman is concerned about the lost coin. How should this serve as a model for us and our concern for those lost from God?
8. Consider the reactions of both the shepherd and the woman once they found the items which were lost? Describe the reaction in heaven? How should these parables and the description of heaven’s reaction compel us to find the lost? What might help us become more passionate about seeing lost people saved?
9: Think of some people you know that do not know God and pray for them. What are some ways in which you can do better at reaching them with the Gospel? In what ways do you think our church can do better at reaching the lost?