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Worship Guide for May 7

May 04, 2023

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below. 

Luke 7:36-50

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Watch the Sermon

livestreamupdatedSummary: At another meal, we see a picture of true devotion and love. The story begins at the table of a Pharisee named Simon. Here, Jesus shows us how forgiveness of sins leads to deeper love and devotion for God. It is all too easy to assume others need God's grace and mercy more than we do. The spiritual irony is that as we discover our own sin and need for God's forgiveness, the more we can enjoy the love of God. So, growing in a deeper love comes by understanding our deeper need for Jesus.  

Review and Apply

What strikes you as different about this "woman of the city"? 

What would motivate such courage and devotion? 

In what ways do you often react like Simon the Pharisee when confronted by the sins of others? Why is so much easier to see the struggles of others rather than our own? 

What is the point of the parable?  

How does an awareness of sin forgiven lead to love enjoyed?

To what degree do you identify with Simon versus the woman?

In what ways can we grow through the example of this passage in a deeper love for God? 

Describe the peace you have now learning of God's radical grace in Jesus?


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