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What We Can Learn From a Scoundrel

April 23, 2023 Preacher: Dan Wong Series: Luke

Passage: Luke 16:1–13

Click here for the sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group. 

Discussion Questions

  1. When Jesus uses the parable of a dishonest manager to teach his disciples about the use of money, is He promoting selfishness and dishonesty?  What did the dishonest manager realize about his present situation and his future needs that made his actions “commendable”?
  2. What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.”  Was He praising the sons of light (Christians) or chastising them?  Why does it seem that Jesus wants His followers to be “shrewd”?
  3. There are three things the dishonest manager understood:
    1. My time is limited
    2. The money I control is not mine to keep
    3. I need to maximize my opportunity now to maximize my happiness later

      Why must Christians live according to the same understanding and how does this impact the way we use our money?
  4. Is being wealthy a sin?  How would a person know when money has become “sinful” for them?  Describe what that might look like.
  5. What do you think Jesus meant when He said, ““One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. ” Why is it impossible to love and serve both God and money?  

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