Sermon Discussion Questions: “The Savior, The Skeptic, and The Sinner”
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon from October 7, “The Savior, The Skeptic, and The Sinner” These questions can be used for discussion in small groups, family devotions, or for personal reflection. (PDF Link)
1. Jesus forgives and saves every sinner that turns to him in repentant faith. 2. Your affections for Jesus expose your assessment of your sin.
I. The Players (Luke 7:36–30)
II. The Parable (Luke 7:40–43)
III. The Point (Luke 7:44–50)
Discussion Questions: [Read the text together as a group and then discuss the questions below]
1. Even though the Pharisees are constantly battling against Jesus and depicted as hypocrites in the gospels:
What did they rightly understand about Israel’s past?
How did their first-century friends and neighbors likely view their religious
How did their fastidious rule-keeping impact their view of their selves and others?
2. How might you describe the key differences between “mere religion” and true Christianity?
3. How does Jesus level the “religious” rule-keeping playing field in his parable of the two debtors?
4. What is the Good News that Jesus wants Simon to see in this Parable (Cf. Luke 7:33–35)
5. Read Genesis 8:20–22; Psalm 14:2–3; Romans 3:9–18; Ephesians 2:1–3. How would you gently and lovingly communicate these biblical truths to a friend or relative who believes, “humans are naturally good, they simply need better teaching and a better environment to reach their true potential”?