- Jesus wanted the sinners to know that the Father loved them (v.11-20).
- What lessons could Jesus’ dinner guests gain from these parables?
- Why didn’t someone go looking for the brother like they did for the sheep and coin?
- How does the Father’s love reconcile the returning son with the whole community?
- Jesus wanted the self-righteous to know that the Father loved them (v.26-32).
- How can we know that the older son doesn’t care about honoring his father?
- How can we allow pride in our obedience to separate us from the Father?
- What is wrong with thinking that the Father owes us for our obedience?
- The sinful and the self-righteous both need to love the Father (v.28-32).
- What is wrong with obeying the Father to get things instead of to get Him?
- Are the self-righteous any less separated from their father than the sinful?
- What is wrong with being righteous because it is to your own advantage?
- Loving the Father demands selflessly loving our brother (v.28-32).
- How does a refusal to love and forgive a brother leave you isolated?
- What is it about grace that can be too scary?
- What do you need to be doing to show love to your brother or sister?
Call to Action: To love the Father so much that you want to be with Him and with His children.