Being a member of God’s family does not mean receiving the blessing of the material world, it means being a blessing to the world from what we have been given. Because we know the humble and generous love of the gospel, it will exude from us and bear fruit.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing that you found particularly encouraging, challenging, or helpful in this message?
- Read and discuss the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Compare and contrast the characters in this parable. What stands out to you? How does this parable illustrate the upside-down nature of the kingdom of God?
- Why is it significant that Jesus names the beggar, but not the rich man?
- Discuss Pete’s statement, “Seeing death up close helps us see life up close.” How does death provide a perspective on life that we often miss or ignore?
- In what ways does Jesus “place the lowly on a pedestal of grace” in this parable? What other examples can you think of?
- How does pride keep us from noticing the trials of others?
- What conclusions might someone who doesn’t know you draw about your walk with Jesus based on how you spend your time, treasure and talents? What areas of your life do you need prayer and reminders of the gospel in order to live generously?