What does it mean?
1. How does Jesus describe the rich man’s life in this world? How does Jesus describe the poor man’s life? How are their lives different after they die?
2. What is Jesus trying to convey with the reversal of fortune of the two men?
3. Why do you think the rich man is unnamed? Why do you think Jesus gives the poor man a name?
4. The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus with some water and Abraham says it’s not going to happen. What is Jesus attempting to convey?
5. Abraham told the rich man he got good stuff in his lifetime, and now in eternity is in anguish, while Lazarus experienced bad things, but is now being comforted. What is Jesus trying to convey? Is it better to be poor in this life rather than rich?
6. Why is there a great “chasm” fixed between heaven and hell? Is Jesus saying those in hell can actually see those in heaven? Explain.
7. The rich man wants someone to go to his father’s house to warn his brothers? Why? About what?
8. Abraham says the rich man’s brothers have Moses and the prophets and that should be enough? Why?
9. What’s Jesus trying to convey when he says they wouldn’t be convinced even if someone rose from the dead?
10. What’s the big idea of this parable?
How does it apply?
1. Jesus has been talking a lot about our use of money. When you read this parable, how are you feeling about how you use your money?
2. Do you think being poor gives anyone an advantage when preparing for heaven? Explain. Is being rich a disadvantage?
3. When did the reality of hell first strike you? When you think of hell, how do you feel? When you think of heaven, how do you feel?
4. What do you think heaven will be like? How often do you think about heaven?
5. How motivated are you to help others get to heaven? Explain.
6. What evidence has most convinced you of the reality of Jesus and His gospel?