• How are the Jewish people similar to salt? [ Luke 14:34-35 ]
    • What is Jesus’ suggestion concerning those that are not listening to him?


  • Why are the Pharisees grumbling about Jesus? [ Luke 15:1-2 ]
    • What do they expect that Jesus, as a teacher, should be doing?
  • Within the context of this passage, who is the sheep [ Luke 15:4 ], the lost coin [ Luke 15:8 ] and the younger son [ Luke 15:12 ] ?
    • Who is the shepherd, the woman and the father?
  • Why does the Lord seek the lost sheep of Israel? [ Luke 15:3-7 ]
    • What is he hoping to achieve? What does the number 99, rather than a full 100 suggest about God’s character towards redeeming the lost?
    • Who will rejoice? [ Luke 15:7 ]
  • How is God’s behaviour similar to that of the woman? [ Luke 15:8-10 ]
    • What is he seeking to achieve?
    • Who will rejoice?
  • When should the younger son have received his inheritance? [ Luke 15:12 ]
    • What did the younger son think of his father?
  • What struggle caused the younger son to come to his senses? [ Luke 15:14-16 ]
    • What does he finally start to see clearly?
  • How does the father react to his son’s repentant heart? [ Luke 15:20 ]
    • Why does the older son hate this? [ Luke 15:28 ]
    • How are the Pharisees similar to the older son?


  • What is the desire of God? (Beyond the people of Israel in this passage.)
    • How much effort is God willing to put into this?
    • How does God care for the lost that come to him in repentance?
  • What was the Pharisees’ error?
    • How might we fail in the same way as the Pharisees?
    • Are we willing to go to the sinners?