Icebreaker: When you were in high school, what did it take to get into the “popular” crowd? What guaranteed that you would be out of it?
- Read Luke 18:1-8. Since Roman judges were noted for their openness to bribes, what weapon did this poor woman have? What is Jesus’ point in this parable? How is God like and unlike the judge in this story? When you pray, are you more likely to give up quickly or stick with it?
- Read Luke 18:9-14. If Jesus told this story today, what group of people would be the “Pharisee”? The “tax collector”? When have you been like the Pharisee? Like the tax collector? How does this parable relate to the previous parable about persistence? What do each of the stories teach us about God? About ourselves?
- Read Luke 18:15-17. If you were one of the disciples, how would you feel about people bringing their babies to Jesus? Why did Jesus welcome children so adamantly? What was strange about that? What do you think Jesus meant when he said that we all must become like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of God?
- How can we pray for each other?