DISCUSSION QUESTIONS For Sermon Series Christian Part 5

  1. Most of us are familiar with the parable of the prodigal son. Did Jon’s message give you a different perspective on the story? If so, talk about what you learned. 

  2. When you read the story of the prodigal son, do you relate more to the behaving or misbehaving brother? Why? 

  3. Do you worry that when the church welcomes sinners it appears to condone sin? How should the church manage that tension? 

  4. Read Romans 3:23–24. What insight do these verses provide about the Pharisees and sinners in the crowd listening to Jesus? 

  5. Think of a person who needs your grace. What can you do to soften your heart toward that person and demonstrate God’s love? 

If the church is to embody both truth and grace as Jesus did, we can’t respond to repentant sinners with the self-righteous disgust displayed by the Pharisees. Like Jesus, sin should break our hearts because it breaks people. Repentance should stir our hearts. We should do everything we can to make it easy for those who are turning to God.

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents Luke 5:10

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