Life Group Questions for Sept. 14, 2014

Luke 16:14-18
What does it mean?

1. How would you summarize the big idea of 16:1-13?

2. Why were the Pharisees ridiculing Jesus?

3. What are the characteristics of the Pharisees that Jesus states are an “abomination in the sight of God”?

4. How would you paraphrase what Jesus is communicating in 16:14-15?

5. In what sense were the Law and Prophets until John and now the good news of the kingdom of God is preached?  What changed?

6. What does Jesus mean by, “everyone forces his way into it”?  (This is a tough one.)

7. Why is Jesus upholding the value of the Law and Prophets?

8. Jesus refers to divorce here as an illustration of the ongoing value of the Law and Prophets.  Why here?

9. What can we, should we, learn about divorce from what Jesus states here?

10. What do you think is Luke’s big idea, in your own words, of 16:14-18?

How does it apply?

1. When you think about the characteristics of the Pharisees that Jesus says are an abomination to God, attempting to justify themselves, loving money, seeking the approval of people, is there any application for your life?  How?

2. Jesus tells us God looks at our heart.  Does that encourage you?  Explain.

3. How would you explain what the kingdom of God is to someone who doesn’t trust Jesus?

4. What does it mean to you that the kingdom of God is a present reality?

5. In this passage Jesus uses divorce as an example of how those who treasure Jesus are happily committed to obeying God.  Is there an area of your life where you are finding it challenging to obey Jesus?  Explain.