Two Ways to Approach God
Passage: Luke 18:9–14
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- Would you want the Pharisee in our parable as a neighbor? What about the tax collector? Explain your answer.
- What made the Pharisee’s prayer so offensive to Jesus? Do you think you could ever be guilty of praying like the Pharisee? Explain.
- In first-century Israel, the tax collector was the scum of the earth; a wicked, greedy traitor. Why was his prayer accepted by Jesus? What does this tell you about what is important to the Lord?
- Do you think you have a good grasp on the depth of your own sin? How do your prayers reflect how well you understand your sin?
- Can a person truly be saved if they don’t understand how sinful they truly are? Explain your answer.