Check out the reading plan here. Use the questions each week to reflect on the message or talk about it with some friends or family.
- When you think of Palm Sunday, what comes to mind?
- Read Luke 19:28-40. Describe the emotions you would feel being in the crowd watching Jesus, your Messiah, ride in on a donkey.
- What do the Pharisees focus on? Why do you think they do that? How does Jesus respond?
- Read Luke 19: 41-44. What does Jesus do, once he comes in on the triumphal entry? In such a time of gladness, why would Jesus weep over Jerusalem? According to Jesus, what do God’s people seem to be missing?
- Describe a time of great weeping in your life, when Christ has brought you peace?
- What are you most proud of in your faith?
- Read Luke 18:9-14? In Jesus’ parable, what does the Pharisee have to be proud of? What does the tax collector have to be proud of?
- What’s the difference between the Tax Collector and Pharisee? What does Jesus say about this?
- The tax collector looks down and beats his chest. This was a sign of repentance. How was he justified? How are we justified?
- Read Luke 18:15-17. The last few lessons in Luke have dealt with humbleness. What does this have to do with humbleness? Skim the rest of the chapter. What does this have to do with humbleness.
Check out the sermon from Sunday here.
- Describe a time in your life when you thought you needed more faith?
- Read Luke 17: 1-6. What does Jesus tell the disciples they must do that prompts them to ask Jesus to increase their faith? Why would they ask Jesus to increase their faith?
- How does Jesus respond to their request for more faith?
- How does Jesus description of having faith like a mustard seed give you hope for those times when you feel you need more faith?
Check out the sermon here.
- Describe a time when you gave someone good advice and they didn’t listen to you? Why do you think they didn’t change their behavior based on your advise?
- Read Luke 16:19-31. How is the rich man’s attitude towards Lazarus? How do we often act the same way?
- The rich man asks that he might send Lazarus to go warn his brothers. How does Abraham respond in this story? What warning does this bring to you?
- On a scale of 1-5, how have the Pharisees been in listening to and changing to follow God’s way? Why do you think Jesus says in verse 31 that even in someone rises from the dead, they wouldn’t listen to him?
- Read Luke 24:13-35. This is a post resurrection account of Jesus. If you were to ask the two men who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus, “why did Jesus rise from the dead?”, how do you think they would respond?
Check out the sermon here.
- Describe a time when you lost something very valuable to you. What was it like looking for it, and how did you feel when you found it?
- Read Luke 15:11-24 This story describes a very rebellious son who squanders away everything his father has given him. How does the father respond when he returns? Why do you think he responds in that way?
- Read Luke 15:25-32 How does the older brother respond to the party thrown by the father for the rebellious son? Why does the older brother respond in this way?
- Have there been similar times when you have responded like the older brother, when God shows grace to someone you don’t think deserves it?
- How does the Father respond to the older brother outside of the party? What is the Father’s response for you when you are acting like the older brother?
- Bonus: For an interesting take on the older brother’s perspective, take a look at this video, done by Pastor Michael Ziegler, the speaker of the Lutheran Hour: www.messiahtampa.com/LostSon