Discussion Questions: Luke 5:17-32

Jesus Forgives

v. 17-20 Faith Seeking Forgiveness

  • Why had so many teachers of the law come from all over to hear Jesus teach?
  • What motivated the friends of the paralyzed man to bring him to Jesus? What obstacles did they have to overcome?
  • Do we want to go to Jesus and hear him teach? What obstacles prevent many people today from hearing what Jesus has taught?
  • How did Jesus respond to what the friends did? Does Jesus immediately do what they were hoping and expecting he might do?
  • What does Jesus’ response reveal about what he see as ultimately significant?
  • What do you think the Pharisees and teachers of the Law thought of what the friends did to get him to Jesus? How far are you willing to go to bring your friends to Jesus?
  • What obstacles hinder those you know from coming to Jesus? What keeps us from doing what we should do even though we say we trust God?

v. 21-26 Jesus Forgives Sin

  • Why does Jesus heal the paralyzed man? Why doesn’t he do that first?
  • Why were the Pharisees so upset by Jesus saying what he said and then healing this man? In what way were they right? In what way were they wrong?
  • How is our sin like paralysis?
  • What does this miracle reveal about out need for spiritual healing?
  • How did everyone respond to the paralyzed man being healed? How should we respond?
  • What can we do to help those who are physically suffering to see their deepest need without ignoring their physical needs?

v. 27-32 Jesus Seeks Sinners to Forgive

  • What does Jesus’ calling of Levi reveal about his authority? Why does Levi follow him?
  • Why do you think Levi hosted such a large feast for such an “unsavory” crowd?
  • Why where the religious leader upset about Jesus fellowshipping with these people? How do you feel about Jesus being among these people?
  • What does Jesus’ response to the religious leader tell you about his mission and purpose?
  • In your opinion, how do non-Christians view Christians who will not associate with them? How does this impact our witness?
  • What opportunities do you have to fellowship with non-Christians? Considering Jesus’ statement, what should be our aim when we have time with them?

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