Luke 7:36-50

Church Vision Statement 

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.

Ice-Breaker:

  • What do you do when you need to get away from work? Fun/Hobbies
    • These are worth your time because people are getting to connect and you are learning your people.  

Read (or Retell) Luke 7:36-50

 36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” 

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he canceled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 

44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Week Review: 

  • This week when you found weaknesses in your life, did you think about how you could turn it back to praise?

Transformation Questions:

  • In this parable, how significant was it for Jesus to say in v. 50, “Your faith has saved you.” Does this change the impact of the parable for you?
    • This is the difference in the woman having some way done something worthy of being verses being saved by faith alone. 
  • Have you ever felt like you were in hostile territory as a Christian? If so, where? 
  • Sometimes, online debates on Facebook or Twitter can be hostile. How do you think you can interact and still and honor Christ in this setting?
  • Have you ever rained tears in worship for something Jesus has forgiven you of or some blessing he bestowed upon you? Share.
  • Has your worship ever been stifled because you were focused on the people in the room instead of focusing on expressing your love for Christ?
  • The scene of the prostitute wiping Jesus’ muddy feet with her flowing hair is very shocking and emotional. How might you show Jesus your love and express your worship this week?
  • What is the most shocking and bold statement of worship you have made? 
    • Maybe it was a gift or support you gave. Maybe a trip you took or a class you taught.
  • Take a few minutes as a group, sit in silence, and think about how great a forgiveness Jesus has given you. Think about the worst things you have said and done and worship Jesus for forgiving you. In following the messages from last week on weakness and this week on forgiveness, let anyone speak who wants to share a sin they are overwhelmed to be forgiven of or a life situation Jesus has delivered them from
  • Considering that you won’t be able to pour expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus, how can you who have been forgiven much show your love of Him to others this week?