Series: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Title: Part 2 - The Neighborhood of Sinners and Saints
Date: July 29/30, 2017
Speaker: Geoff Surratt
Jesus had a reputation for socializing with all the “wrong people.” When the religious elites pressed him about it, he responded by telling three powerful stories illustrating how God doesn’t categorize people the way that humans do. As it turns out, we’re all the wrong-made-right people; and Jesus wants to be neighbors with people just like us.
Passage: Luke 15
1. Tell about a time when you lost something valuable or important to you. How did you feel? Did you find it?
2. Read Luke 15:1-2. What comes to mind when you hear the word “sinner?”
3. In his message this past weekend, Geoff talked about our tendency to categorize people as either saints or sinners (if you prefer, you could substitute other words… good/bad, insider/outsider, us/them). What attitudes/beliefs/behaviors in others do you notice that cause you to place people in these categories?
4. Read Luke 15:11-24. Which of the father’s actions toward the son stand out most to you?
5. Read Luke 15:25-32. Do you identify more with the prodigal son or the older brother? Why?
6. What causes us to harbor resentment when mercy is shown to someone else?
7. Geoff posed the questions: “What if we refused to place people in sinner/saint categories? What if Southeast became a church that had the reputation as the church that welcomes sinners and eats with them?” How can you help Southeast to become that kind of church? What might it mean for some of your friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. to experience the hospitable love of Jesus?
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?