Jesus Warns the Self-Righteous— Luke 14:1-24

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Sermon Summary: In Luke 14:1-24 Jesus finds himself in the home of a leading Pharisee, where he is invited into a dinner party. This dinner party gets tense quickly when Jesus heals a sick man and challenges the self-righteousness of the Pharisees. Jesus’s parables in this chapter show us the dangers of self-righteousness in our own lives.

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Memory Verse: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:1)

Discussion Questions:

  1. Read through Luke 14:1-24. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study and discussion of this text.
  2. Get to the Heart - What challenges you the most from this text? What are the dangers of self-righteousness that Jesus points out in his parables? Do you see your own bent toward self-righteousness? What are the things that give you a sense of being “good enough” or better than others? What gives you a sense of personal credibility, validity, or good standing? Anything other than Jesus reveals where your self-righteousness lies
  3. Live the Way of Jesus - What does it look like for your to battle self-righteousness in your life? What is God saying to you from his word? What should you do about it?