Small Group Discussion Guide
The Most Egalitarian Man in the World
Think of someone in your life [outside your immediate family] who made you feel valued. How did he/she do that?
1. Read and discuss the differences between these two quotes:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
“Inequality, subjugation, a master, and a slave is the natural order of things. For that some should rule and others be ruled is a thing not only necessary but expedient; from the hour of their birth, some are marked out for subjection, others for rule.” – Aristotle, Politics
• How do the social norms of our culture today reflect God’s value of human beings and how do they fail to reflect it?
2. Matthew 12:11-12; Matthew 6:26; Matthew 10:29
• What do these parables about animals tell us about God’s love for each person?
3. Read Luke 14:1-6
What were the circumstances of this healing?
What does this healing tell us about Jesus’ nature?
4. Read Luke 14:7-14
Why does the order of seating at a banquet matter in this culture?
How should a Christian banquet be arranged and why?
5. Read Luke 14:15-24
• What is the overarching message of this parable?
Is it easy or difficult for you to accept God’s valuing of you? Explain.
How can you communicate worth to each person you meet as you go through your day?
Think of someone in your life whom you have difficulty valuing. This week, pray for that person daily, asking God how you might need to grow in how you see him/her.