Offended by Jesus (Sermon Study Guide)

We conclude our study of Luke 7 with a very familiar story of love and forgiveness.  Jesus has dinner at Simon the Pharisee’s house, and while he reclines at the table, a woman from the city, a sinner, comes and wets his feet with her tears and wipes his feet with her hair.

  • What do we learn from the fact that Jesus ate with both “sinners” and Pharisees?
  • How does Simon the Pharisee express religious pride in this passage?
  • What actions by the woman in this passage reveal gospel transformation?
  • Though Jesus was in the house of Simon the Pharisee, how does the woman express the heart of true hospitality?
  • Jesus says, “And blessed in the one who is not offended by me” (v.23). Taking into account this story and the two previous stories about the widow of Nain and the Roman Centurion, how is the kingdom that Jesus is building offensive?
  • According to Jesus, what is the relationship of forgiveness to love? What do you need to take away for your own life from this passage?

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