Episode 084 – Parable of the Good Samaritan Pt 1: It’s a Bad Question
Key Passage(s): Luke 10:25-28
When someone wants to encourage others to ask questions, they will often say, “There are no stupid questions.” But those who’ve been asked too many stupid questions will invariably reply, “Sure, there are no stupid questions – just stupid people who ask them.” It’s their way of humorously (or not so humorously) stating that there are clearly good questions and there are bad questions. In Luke 10, Jesus is asked by an expert, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” It’s a bad question, but not for the reasons you may think. The underlying factors betray his question, and he’s seeking a bare minimum approach to obedience to God. The problem is, many of us do the same thing, but unlike the expert, we may have no clue we’re doing it. If we don’t address it, we’re going to miss the way of Jesus and fail to live the life Jesus is calling us to live right now.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What new connections did you make based on the content of this teaching?
- How have you traditionally understood Jesus’s interaction with the expert here in Luke 10?
- In what areas of your life do you feel like you’ve been seeking the “minimum requirement?”
- What are some better questions you need to be asking going forward?
- Where have you been too “eternal life after death” focused, rather than being “eternal life begins now” focused? Why do you think that is? How would life look different for you if were more focused on the now?
- How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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