Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2017
Rev. Dr. Bob Swickard preaching
AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE WEEKEND ...
Ask yourself: How do you feel when other people get rewards greater than they deserve?How do you normal react when you feel you have been treated unfairly?How do you feel when other people “get what’s coming to them?”
Read Psalm 15If verse 2 is correct, then who can dwell in God’s sanctuary? (according to the Psalmist?) What type of person would you say wrote this Psalm? A teacher or a tax-collector? Why?If you had to choose from a few words to describe the one who wrote this Psalm, what word would you use? Smug? Self-righteous? Humble? Angry? Other? Why?
Read Luke 15:11-32Last week, we looked at the younger son. This week we look at the older brother. What are your initial impressions of the older brother?What do you make of where this story appears in Luke? Do you think the story is placed where it is on purpose? Why or why not?What was the father’s response for the younger brother?How did the older brother respond? Why do you think he responds this way?Do you think the older brother was justified in his response? What do you think motivated the older brother’s work for his dad? (see vs. 29)Which son do you think is closer to the Father at the end of the story?