The younger son returned in repentance, hoping to be made a hired hand in his father’s home – but the father's lavish forgiveness gave him far more. The prodigal hoped to be a servant but received a celebration.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is something from this teaching that you found particularly insightful, helpful or difficult to grasp?
- Share a time when you either extended or accepted forgiveness. What makes forgiveness so difficult?
- Read and discuss Jesus' parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, with an emphasis on verses 17-24. What do you observe about forgiveness from these verses? What offenses is the father forgiving?
- How does the parable address people outside of God's kingdom? How does it address those already in the kingdom?
- Why does the human heart automatically assume that something must be done before forgiveness can be extended or accepted?
- How does the gospel compel us to both accept and extend forgiveness?
- Is there currently an area of your life where you need to either extend or accept forgiveness? What would it look like to apply the parable of the prodigal to that situation or relationship? Spend some time in prayer about this.