Happy Monday! Yesterday we completed our series through Exodus, this Sunday we begin a new series called Center. Our contributors to The Daily blog over the next three weeks will be posting some of the passages that are most meaningful to them as it relates to centering on Jesus. I wanted to begin this series by taking us into one of the most powerful and intimate moments from Jesus' life- to the place where Jesus being at the center begins.
grace + peace,
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever been in a place where you were broken, what was that like?
_ Share one way the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the following passage.
DISCOVER [ Luke 7.36-50 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said" 41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet,but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
_ Where is Jesus invited in vs. 36?
_ What kind of woman arrives to the home, what is she carrying with her in vs. 37?
_ What does she do in vs. 38?
_ What is the Pharisee's response in vs. 39?
_ What is the point of Jesus' parable?
_ How does Jesus apply this parable in vs. 44-47?
_ What is Jesus' drawing a contrast between in these verses?
_ What does Jesus proclaim over her in vs. 48-50?
_ What does he say saves her in vs. 50?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the grace of the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are additional questions for break-outs)
_ Is your posture before Jesus like that of the Pharisee or that of the woman?
_ What would it look like to bow broken before Jesus today?
_ Is there anything else Jesus is asking of you?
+ WHO are you walking to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step? Do you have the support and resources you need?