A parable is a simple story that illustrates a profound truth. Did you know that more than a third of Jesus' recorded teaching is in the form of parables? When we study the parables, we hear the voice of Jesus. What is He saying? What is our response?
Through this study, we will grow into a deeper love of the One of whom it was said: "No one ever spoke the way this man does." John 7:46
This week's parable is about debt forgiveness. Jesus is the Savior of everyone. Notice how people respond to the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Our Scripture reading is Luke 7:36-50; Ephesians 3:14-21.
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Questions to Ponder:
1. Why do you think Simon, a Pharisee, invited Jesus to dinner at his house, since most Pharisees were offended by Jesus? How can we talk to people who might have different opinions than we do?
2. What does the way Simon treated Jesus reveal about his attitude toward Jesus? In contrast, what do the woman's actions reveal about her attitude?
3. Why do you think Jesus told a parable rather than directly rebuking Simon for his lack of hospitality?
4. In Jesus' parable, what is sin like (What is it analogous to)? Why do you think Jesus used this analogy to sin?
5. How does a person's perception of their own sinfulness affect their ability to love others?
6. What do the actions of the moneylender reveal about the character of God? To forgive means to cancel. What is the debt we owe to God, and what is the basis for forgiveness?
7. Read Ephesians 3: 14-21. How does this story and parable motivate you to love the Lord?
8. God has forgiven us. What valuable thing do we have to give to God to show our gratefulness - our money, talents, time? What are some of the ways we can show love for Christ?
9. Do you think it is always true that those who have been forgiven the most are the most grateful? Why or why not?
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