John Paul Westin continues our new series "Now But Not Yet" which will take us through until the end of November. The series are clearly related as Jesus teaches his disciples about the kingdom of God so that when the Holy Spirit comes they will be empowered to living in it, the kingdom of God, here on earth, as one day in heaven. The teaching and practical insights he gives them about how he lives in the Kingdom, provide the guidance they (we) will need to live there as well.
Questions for Personal and Small Group Considerations on the Sunday Gospel Reading Luke 16:1-13 on Dishonest Managers
- Why would it be important for Jesus’ disciples to hear this parable?
- In what crisis does the manager find himself? What plan does he devise? In light of this scheme, why does the owner commend the manager (v. 8)?
- How does Jesus summarize this parable (v. 9)? What do you think he’s commending here? How do v. 10-12 help you understand his point?
- What’s the problem with trying to serve two masters (v. 13)? What characterizes the Pharisees (v. 14)? How does the parable speak to them?
- Who (or what) are some of the masters you have served in the past?