Below are prompts (usually in the form of questions) for sharing and reflecting to be used by tiny GROUPS. Wait, what is a tiny GROUP?  We invite you to use these as far as they are helpful in partnering with the Holy Spirit for the purpose of Christoformity.

In addition to these resources, we have provided a simple liturgy designed for mutual confession of sin.

Current Series

You may listen to the Parables content in previous Catechesis classes here


Getting Started

First Steps (how to form a tG)
Sign up for a tiny GROUP, tell us you’re already in one, and/or request more information
Agreeing Together (establishing shared expectations with other tG members)
First Meeting (what should transpire at the first meeting)

 


Week 1: Introduction to Parables

If you have not already done so, be sure to do a thorough “check-in” with each other about what is happening in your lives, how you’re doing, where you’re at spiritually, etc. This is more important than completing the “curriculum” below. If you’re ready, feel free to use the questions below to guide your time. 

  1. Describe your personal experience with reading the parables of Jesus… what is it like for you?  
  2. Parables were often Jesus’ way of helping people who were resistant to Him encounter truths about Him and His Kingdom that they wouldn’t have been able to receive if He simply told them directly. Have you ever experienced someone telling you something in a more roundabout way that allowed you to get enough distance from your defenses to actually hear the difficult truth being said? What was that like? 
  3. Read Jesus’ parable of the Two Builders found in Matthew 7:24-29. How does the parable elucidate the meaning of the Sermon on the Mount for you (chapters 5-7)? In what ways have you sought to build your life on Jesus and His teachings? What is most difficult about this? 

End your time in prayer for one another. 

 


Week 2: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

After an initial check-in with each other, take time to read over the parable of the unforgiving servant (Mt. 18:23-35). Here are some potential discussion questions…

  1. What is surprising about this parable to you?
  2. Who is difficult for you to forgive? Why?
  3. How is God like and/unlike the “King” in the story? 
  4. What ways have you found for yourself that help you keep in mind the forgiveness you have received from God? What causes you to forget?

End your time by praying the Lord’s prayer together reflecting especially on the lines about forgiveness.

 


Week 3: The parable of the lost sheep, coin, and sons

Take time to check-in with your tiny GROUP partner(s). Talk about what is difficult and what can be celebrated in your life right now. Listen to each other carefully. 

Read Luke 15 together…

Questions to potentially use:

  • Have you ever lost something of great value to you and then found it later? How did you feel? 
  • What strikes you most about the father’s behavior toward his sons in the story? In what ways do you think the father in the story is similar to our Heavenly Father? 
  • Who do you more identify with: the younger brother or the older brother? Why? 
  • What do you think the older brother ultimately did? (Jesus doesn’t finish the story…) What do you imagine could cause a change in the older brother’s attitude?
  • What does it mean to be a son or daughter? – This seems to be the implied question behind Jesus’ story…

 


 

Week 4: Bigger Barns

 Take time to check-in with your tiny GROUP partner(s). Talk about what is difficult and what can be celebrated in your life right now. Listen to each other carefully. 

Read Luke 12:13-21. 

Questions to potentially use:

  • How does the topic of wealth and possessions sit with you? Is it easy or difficult to talk about this as an aspect of discipleship? 
  • In the parable, who does the rich man talk to about his wealth and possessions? Why is this a problem?
  • Who do you talk to about your use of wealth and possessions? 
  • The themes of security, comfort, and greed are all present in this parable and in Jesus’ teaching that surround it. How do you sense these relate to each other in your life? 
  • Think about the Rich man’s problem and solution. How is greed at work within his movement from a practical problem to solution? 
  • Greed can be easily justified as a practical solution. How do we discern this within our own practical problems and solutions? 
  • The rich man is labeled as a “fool” by God. In the scriptures, a fool is someone whose practices deny the reality of God. What does the opposite of this look like?

 


 

Week 5: The Rich Man & Lazarus

After doing a general checkup with each other, read through Luke 16:19-31 together.

Some questions to think about: 

  • Whose names do you pay attention to in life (in general)? What is the significance of who is named in the story? 
  • What causes you tension in this story? Why do you think that is?
  • Who might be a Lazarus in your life that you are ignoring? How do we know when we are / are not responsible for the well being of another? 
  • We’ve had a couple of weeks of parables about money. Why do you think Jesus spent so much time telling subversive stories about wealth and money?

Spend time praying for one another. Consider praying a prayer of confession together. 

 


 

Week 6: The Shrewd Manager

Take a few minutes to catch up on life; bear one another’s burdens and celebrate one another’s victories and joys. Then Read Luke 16:1-15 together. Here are some discussion questions: 

  1. What can we, “children of light”, learn from the shrewd manager, whom Jesus calls a “child of the age”? 
  2. Jesus tells us that wealth and possessions have transient value and are limited to this age. With that in mind, how can we invest our wealth & possessions towards matters that are eternal and belong to the kingdom of God? 
  3. In what ways do we allow ourselves to be dominated by the concerns of our society instead of concerns about Christ’s kingdom? In what ways do we allow ourselves to be determined by our present age rather than by our identity as children of Christ’s kingdom?

 


 

 

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