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Sep 10, 2017

God is Joyful Over You

God is Joyful Over You

Passage: Luke 15:8-10

Teacher: Matt Krick

Series: 3 Years with Jesus: Stories Jesus Told

Category: Joy

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Discussion Questions


1. How might we think about the difference between how Jesus sees sinners and how the Pharisees see sinners?

2. How do you view the difference between a transactional relationship with God and a transformational relationship with God?

3. What do you think is the difference between change in a person that comes out of guilt, versus a change that comes out of grace?

4. How might we think about the difference between approaching God on the basis of merit (what you've earned) versus on the basis of receiving His mercy? 

5. Think of some bible figures and consider if they more exemplify a transactional or transformative relationship with God. For instance, Job was the ultimate transactional relationship: He did all the right things, followed every rule, kept himself pure as to motive...or did he? What did God have to say to Job at the end? Or consider Saul of Tarsus: he was on his way to Damascus to capture and punish any Christians when God apprehended him. As a result, he was instantly transformed, forever. 

6. Have you ever had a sudden, transformative experience you're willing to share. 

7. Share about a time you were disappointed in a transaction with God, where you did everything right, but it turned out wrong. 

8. You're thinking of joining a new church, and you have two to choose from: In one, the rules are clear, as are the rewards for following the rules and the punishments for disobedience. If you're not sure what the rule is for a particular situation, you can ask the pastor or leader and he or she will tell you what to do. In the other, the rules are, well, less clear in some ways, i.e. you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength; and a second like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. But sometimes the rules get really unclear: sell all you have and give to the poor, and come, follow me. Or step out of the boat and walk on the water to me. Or pick up your mat and walk. Which one do you pick, and why?

9. No one likes losing things. But losing a loved one is even more difficult. Why does Jesus choose finding lost things, animals and relatives as a description of repentance?

10. What does Jesus mean when he says there's more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 who need no repentance?