1. What would you say are the most important things in life? More thoughts...
Many people went to Jesus with their important questions. For one man, his concern focused on what would happen to him after his death. He asked Jesus how he could "receive eternal life." Jesus got the man to answer it himself, from the Scriptures (Luke 10:27).
2. Read Luke 10:25-28. What did the man say were the two most important things in life?
What do you think of the man's answers? More thoughts...
Jesus was then asked, "Who is my neighbor?" He answered by telling the story of the good Samaritan.
3. Read Luke 10:29-37. What did the priest and Levite do that was wrong? Did they disobey the principle "I never do anyone any harm"? Did they break the Law?
4. Due to their religious and cultural upbringing, Jews looked upon the Samaritans (Gentiles) with contempt. How did the Samaritan in the Luke 10 parable show love? How would you answer the question, "Who is my neighbor?" More thoughts...
Jesus acts as a good Samaritan towards us. He sees our needs and failures, and instead of passing by, he reaches out to help.
5. Read Luke 15:11-32. What do you think the younger son was thinking as he left home? How do you think the father felt when his son had gone?
6. Things went fine for awhile. What happened when things got bad in Luke 15:14-17? The son changed his mind. Why?
7. How did the son in Luke 15:18-20 show that his attitude had changed? What was the father's attitude in verses 22-24?
8. In what ways do you think the lost son story is a picture of our relationship with God? More thoughts...
This is a simple story, yet one of the greatest in the world of literature. It takes the problems that often arise between people to illustrate how men and women react toward God. This story show us that God still offers His love in spite of our willful selfishness. It also shows us that we can come back to God, no matter how far we have wandered from Him.
9. After Thought: What do you identify with more: the attitude of the son as he left home or his attitude when he decided to return?
Can you believe that God would accept you as completely as the father accepted his son? More thoughts...
You may be at a point in your life where you know that you need God, and want to return to Him. Perhaps you would like to pray:
Dear Father, I admit I have wandered away from You, and I have sinned against You. I have not loved You or other people as I should. I realize that my sin deserves the death sentence and hell. I want to come back to You now, just as the lost son came back to his father. Please forgive me for all of my sins. Come into my life, so that I can be transformed into the person You want me to be and spend eternity in Heaven with You, God. Amen.
10. Do you have any questions regarding Jesus as a teacher? How can we pray for you in regard to this study?