This week, we’ll revisit the prodigal son to see how God calls us to celebrate others' return to God.
Luke 15:1–2, 11–32; Titus 3:3–6; Romans 12:15–16
Be honest: have you thrown any tantrums recently? What were you so mad about?
What do you think the difference is between being mad and being bitter?
What are some reasons why someone might get bitter toward another person?
How do you usually feel when someone else succeeds or gets celebrated? Why do you think you usually react that way?
- What does Jesus’ story show us about God?
- What does it show us about ourselves and each other?
[Read Romans 12:15–16 below.] What could the older brother and the Pharisees learn from these verses? What could you learn?
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Have you ever seen Christians be judgmental or bitter toward certain kinds of people? If so, who?
How do you think this parable would apply to those situations?
How has this series changed your understanding of what it means to be "lost"?
What are some ways our group could celebrate when “lost” people are “found”?
What's something you can do this week to celebrate someone you’ve judged or been bitter toward?