Parables: How the stories of Jesus impact the stories of our lives.
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
Week 7: The One About…The Hater and the Traitor

July 18th, 2021

  • Parables: How the stories of Jesus impact the stories of our lives. In addition to the profound statements Jesus made, he also taught in two other ways: He asked questions and told parables. Parables are stories designed to make a point and this was how Rabbis taught at that time, but no one told a story like Jesus did. In our summer series called Parables, we will look at how the stories told by Jesus impact and inform the stories of our lives.
  • Parables: The One About…The Hater and The Traitor – In Week 7 of Parables, we looked at the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector found in Luke 18:9-14.
  • READ Luke 18:9-14. What OBSERVATIONS can you make from this passage?
  • DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
  • Why did the Pharisee try and compare himself to the tax collector as he prayed to God?
  • How often do you compare yourself to others? In what ways do you find yourself content in your life because you compare yourself to others?
  • In what ways do you find yourself discontent in your life because you compare yourself to others?
  • How should we approach the Lord in our prayers?
  • READ Hebrews 4:16. What does this scripture tell us in how we should approach the Lord?
  • Christian Hedonism: β€œHe is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
  • Are you most satisfied in Him?
  • NEXT STEPS: Everyone has a next step to APPLY what we have learned. What is your next step?
  • MEMORY VERSE: Luke 18:14 β€œFor all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  • PRAYER: Pray with humility. Speak highly of the Lord and thank Him for His love and compassion. Ask God to reveal to you the areas in your life that you tend to compare to others. Ask for mercy and desire to be completely satisfied in Him.
  • Scripture References: Luke 18:9-14, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23, 1 Peter 5:5, Hebrews 4:16, Proverbs 16:18, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Philippians 2:2-4, Galatians 5:25, James 3:14-16