Q1: This parable is widely noted as the most famous of all of Jesus’s parables. Why do you think this story is so revered?
Q2: Can you relate to either of the two sons in this story?
Q3: How do we use our good deeds to put God and others in our debt?
Q4: The Bible teaches that we were created for good works (Ephesians 2:10). But how can our good works be a barrier in our relationship with God?
Q5: The younger brother represents tax collectors and sinners. Sin will always take you further than you ever wanted to go. Keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay. And cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. Have you experienced this to be true?
Q6: How have you seen both “religious” and “worldly” lifestyles lead to spiritual emptiness? Share some examples.
Q7: According to this passage how does your Heavenly Father respond to you when you repent and seek Him?
Q8: As some have observed, perhaps the best title for this parable would be, “The Two Lost Sons.” The “lost-ness” of the younger son is fairly obvious. How is the older son lost?
Q9: Notice the language the younger son uses to address his father. Then look at the way the elder son addresses his father. What differences do you see?
Q10: What are the lessons here about our God and his love for us?