The Parables of Jesus
in the Gospel of Luke (5)
Luke 12:36-46

Discuss:

Recall a time when you procrastinated on a project or paper, cutting it close on a deadline, etc. Share your experience and how you felt in the moment as you were going through it.

Discover:

Focus: In this parable, Jesus is the Master and we are the slaves. Jesus explains how we need to serve Him faithfully everyday because we do not know when He will come back to evaluate or judge us. We want to see what the main aspect of our service is and how we can apply it daily.

I. Read Luke 12:36-46 twice.
See if you can retell the story in your own words without looking at the verses. 

A. Three times the Lord says that a certain kind of slave is “blessed.” What kind of slave is He talking about? 

B. Look at 1 Peter 4:10 and Colossians 1:25 and compare with Luke 12:42. What is a steward? What does it mean to be a faithful and prudent steward?

II. In Luke 12:42 the Lord Jesus says, “To give them food at the proper time.” Read Matthew 4:4 and John 6:51 to see what two kinds of food we can give to people. Consider what ways to minister this food and share any experiences you have.

III. Memorize Luke 12:42 and recite it to one another:
And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and prudent steward, whom the master will set over his service to give them their portion of food at the proper time?

Apply:

A. In this parable the Lord Jesus says that we need to be watchful, faithful, and prudent. How can we have these attributes in our practical daily living? Pray for one another.

B. Share with one another a person in your heart that you would like to feed this week.  Pray for them.