WEEK 1 // ‘The Lost Son’
Reflection & Discussion Questions
The Prodigal Son – Study
I invite you to read the whole story of The Prodigal Son together.
Then, you will read smaller sections that help reflect on each character in this parable. I want you to try and imagine you are them and put yourself in their shoes; then, I want you to use your experience ‘in their shoes’ to reflect on your own life and heart.
Read the whole Parable:
Now think about the youngest son:
Re-read Luke 15:11-16
- In what part of your life, past or present, have you seen yourself as the youngest son?
- Where/when have you desired a semblance of identity apart from your family or community? What prompted this desire?
Read Luke 15:17-24
- If you were the youngest, how would you have felt about returning home? Would you have any worries or concerns?
- What response do you have to the words honour and shame?
Now think about the oldest son:
Read Luke 13:25-30
- In what part of your life, past or present, have you seen yourself as the oldest son?
- What should the right heart condition be in ourselves when faced with challenging relational situations?
- We all can feel jealous and envious at times. What do these kinds of feelings produce in our hearts?
- Is there another more excellent way to look at such situations if we take our time to think instead of react, even when our feelings are completely justified?
Read Luke 15:31-32
- In what part of your life, past or present, have you seen yourself as the father?
- What does the father in this story reveal to us about the heart of Christ?
- If we, through faith, are constantly being made like Christ (sanctified), What does the condition of the father’s heart in this story tell us about how our heart should be postured?