What does it say?
- Read Luke 18:9-14.
- Who is this parable addressed to? (v. 9)
- What is the context of this parable? (What are the themes of the surrounding verses?)
- Who are the people mentioned in this passage?
- In what ways are the Pharisee and Tax Collector similar?
- How are they different?
- What is the Tax-Collector's reward?
What does it mean?
- What do you know about Pharisees?
- What is wrong with the Pharisee's prayer?
- How did God view this prayer?
- If the Pharisee is not justified by his fasting, giving, or abstaining from certain sins, what does it say about those deeds? Should people instead not fast? Should they not give?
- How does the story of the Pharisee and Tax Collector connect to the second part of verse 14: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."?
How should it change us?
- The surprising part of this parable is that even though the Pharisee is the "righteous" man, it s the Tax Collector who walks away justified.
- What are some good works of our day (i.e. church attendance)?
- Why can't these things make us justified?
- What does this parable tell us about the good news of Jesus?
- In what areas of life do you "have confidence in yourself"?
- Is this good or bad in light of this parable?
- How can you grow in righteousness without becoming self-righteous?
- Sing Come Ye Sinners to God and to one another.