It’s really clear that Pedro is religious. He reads his Bible every day at lunch. He talks about going to church and youth group. And he picks religious topics for papers in his classes. But Pedro’s friend, Jimmy, bullies you just about every day. There always seems to be a mean word or look from him. Pedro sees this but never says or does anything! How does this make you feel about Pedro and the faith that’s seems so important to him? Allow the group to discuss.
1. Read Luke 19:1-4. What do we learn about Zaccheus from these verses?
3. How does meeting Jesus change Zaccheus (verse 8)?
4. How does Jesus explain what happened to Zacchaeus (verses 9-10)?
5. Look at verse 8 again. What do you learn about what’s important to Jesus?
6. Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. How is Jesus dying for our sins the ultimate example of God stepping in on behalf of people with a great need and righting a wrong at great cost?
7. How does encountering Jesus change us into people who are willing to step in and right wrongs at great cost?
8. Who are some people that you admire who have stepped into some difficult situations to show God’s love?
9. What’s happening in your family, neighborhood, or school that’s an opportunity for you to step in and right a wrong? What can you do in the Spirit’s power to be generous with what you have in this situation?
10. Think of an injustice you see in “the world out there.” How can you step in and help right a wrong in the power of the Spirit when it’s not something you’re experiencing firsthand in your community?
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