JESUS CAME TO CALL SINNER TO REPENTANCE
Luke 5:27-39 (key verse: 5:32)
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
1. After demonstrating his authority to forgive sins, what did Jesus do? (27) What kind of person was Levi and how were tax collectors regarded? (Lk 5:30; Mk 2:15) What did Jesus mean when he said, “Follow me”? What does Levi’s immediate response reveal about him? (28)
2. What motivated Levi to hold a great banquet for Jesus? (29a) Why do you think large crowds of tax collectors came? (29b) How was his life turned around by this decision? (Ro 13:13-14) Why did the Pharisees and teachers of the law complain to Jesus’ disciples? (30)
3. Read verses 31-32. Through a metaphor, what did Jesus teach about himself and his view of sinners? What does it mean for sinners to repent?
4. What issue did “they” bring to Jesus? (33) How might this criticism have affected Jesus’ disciples? How did Jesus defend his disciples? (34) What do you learn about the characteristic of life in Jesus? (Rev 19:6-7; 21:2-3) When should Jesus’ people fast? (35)
5. What point did Jesus make by telling two parables? (36-38) What do the “new wine” and “new wineskins” represent? In what respects should we be like new wineskins?