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The Prodigal Son (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Fatherhood, Forgiveness

Read Luke 15:11-32

  • What is this story about?
    • Money?
    • Wild living?
    • Stubbornness?
    • Forgiveness?
    • Anger?
  • Who wants his share of the family inheritance?
    • Are you aware that both boys receive their inheritance at the same time?
    • Who received more?
  • What does the younger brother do with his money?
  • Was the famine in the land representing his own behavior or was it a real famine like Joseph experienced in Egypt?
  • What must it have been like for everyone to desert him?
  • Have you ever found that if you have some money everyone wants to be your friend until the money is gone?
  • What was this experience telling him about true friendship?
  • Did his dad kick him out of the house for asking for his inheritance?
  • Where did he go when he didn’t have any money?
  • What did he end up doing to earn food and shelter?
  • Why was this a repulsive activity? (Jews saw pigs as unclean)
  • What did he think about while feeding the swine?
  • What did he decide to do?
  • When he returns, how does his father greet him?
    • With angry words?
    • With "I told you this would happen?"
    • With love?
  • What does the father do to make the son feel at home?
  • Why does the older brother get angry?
  • Do you think he was justified for being upset that his brother got a party?
  • What was the father's message to the younger son?
  • What was the father's message to the older son?
  • Was this a case of unconditional love?
  • If you were the older brother, what do you think the father should have done to your brother?
  • Why did the older brother think the younger brother should be punished?
  • Do you want to see people punished before you forgive them?
  • What things are happening in the world today that require forgiveness?
  • What do you think of the father's handling of things?
  • What makes a good father?
  • Describe the qualities you want in a good father.
    • Are these the same qualities you find in God as Father?