Great Chapters: Luke 15

This week’s “great chapter” is Luke 15.

Luke 15 contains 3 well known parables: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and The Lost Son (Prodigal Son). But we should not overlook the context in verses 1 and 2.

What complaint did the Pharisee’s and Scribes have about Jesus in verse 2? What does verse 1 indicate about how the tax collectors and sinners felt about Jesus? Keep this setting in mind as you study the 3 parables.

In the first parable a man loses a sheep. What does he do? Once he finds the sheep what does he do?

In the second parable a woman loses a coin. What does she do? Once she finds the coin what does she do?

There is much we could say about the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but sticking to this main theme….

In the third parable, a father lost a son. Once the son comes back, what does the Father do?

The third parable takes it a step further: there was an older brother who was unhappy about his brother’s homecoming celebration. If the younger son represents sinners, and the father represents God, who does the older brother represent? Why should the older son (and the Pharisees and Scribes) have been happy instead of angry?

MORE ABOUT THE PRODIGAL SON. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a classic illustration of the gospel and is one of the most beloved stories in the Bible. It is a perfect illustration of sin and forgiveness. What is your favorite part of the Parable of the Prodigal son?

How should we apply Luke 15 to our lives today?

Please discuss any of these questions in the comments section below. We will also review this lesson Wednesday night at 7 pm. Join us on Facebook Live or Zoom.

3 thoughts on “Great Chapters: Luke 15

  1. The prodigal son is a very compelling story about Gods love for us even when we stray away. This is one of the few places where someone who is part of the “family” leaves to pursue worldly pleasures but realizes their mistake. The prodigal son returns humbly to his father just as we should when we have left our fathers house.

    What I think is neat about this story is I feel like I have been each one of the characters. I have sinned like the lost son, I can understand the older brothers feelings towards his brothers return because he has continued to toil while the other brother wasted resources but then was given a party on his return. Now that I have children this story is different for me as I nowadays understand the fathers perspective of immense joy that his child had returned (which makes it so much sweeter to think of God’s immense love for us💕).

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  2. My favorite part of the Prodigal Son parable is when the son decides to return home. Humbled, he remembered his father’s care and went home.


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