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preparing for Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2017

Rev. Dr. Bob Swickard preaching


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 15

  • If 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 15:11-32

  • Last 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?
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