Parables

Luke 18:9-14

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We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Read (or Retell) Luke 18:9-14

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Transformation Questions:

  • Why couldn’t the Pharisee see his need for atonement?
  • Why do you think that the tax collector left justified even though he was probably a pretty bad guy?
  • When people seem to have it all together, especially spiritually, what ways have you seen that negatively impact you or others?
  • What makes you feel inadequate or weak? 
  • When you feel inadequate, what things do you do to cover up your weaknesses?
  • Where do you most often pretend to be adequate spiritually? (prayer life, knowledge of the bible, worshiping in public)
  • Do you think that when you pretend it impacts the people around you negatively?
  • What are some reasons God gives us weaknesses?
  • How can we live in an authentic way spiritually that encourages others to strive after Jesus?
  • How can a weakness be used as a strength?