Who do you suppose were the people who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous” that Jesus was talking to? Luke 16:14-15
If you were in the temple, how would you feel about what the Pharisee was saying?
What were some ways the Jews thought they could bring about righteousness? Matthew 6:2-5; 16-18
When do these areas of worship become wrong? Matthew 6:1
What is the tragedy of “legalism?” Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18
The previous parable in Luke spoke of a judge who did not believe in or respect God. Of the two characters, the judge and the Pharisee, who is ultimately most dangerous to Christianity? Why? Luke 18:1-8; Revelation 3:15-16
Why may self-righteousness be the most dangerous sin of “religious” people? Luke 10:25-29, 16:15, 18:14
If you had to guess, what do you think the real goal of the Pharisee was?
The Pharisee was trusting in His own religious practice. As a Pharisee why should he have known better? Isaiah 64:5-8
Why don’t people naturally gravitate towards humility?
To honor the Day of Atonement, the people were asked to fast this one day of the year but the Pharisees expanded it to fast every Monday and Thursday. Why do you think they did this?
What stopped the tax collector from looking up into heaven?
What did the tax collector know that the Pharisee did not? Romans 10:2-4
The tax collector won God’s gift of justification because of his humble heart. Why is humility such an important part of our Christian faith? Think out of the box. Romans 3:21-31, 4:5
How may the exulted be humbled and the humble be exulted? What are some examples we have seen in life?
Is this humility to be seen in someone’s whole life or just in their relationship with God? Explain
The New Covenant depreciates human performance. Why is that so difficult for many to accept? Jeremiah 31:31-34
Does the story prove we can be saved without obeying God? Explain. Does
it prove a sinner can be saved today by prayer without baptism? Explain