Pastor Mellissa Costello spoke on Luke 16:19-31. She talked about The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and how the rich man was not living generously and instead only living for himself.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
1. Have you ever experienced “FOMO”? (Don’t know what that is…ask your group!) How can you relate to Lazarus in this case – FOMO for eternity?! How would that feel?
2. When Lazarus asks for just a drop of water and then changes his request, have you ever had this experience? Asking for a small thing and not being satisfied, so continuing to want more and more? Did you SEE it happening in your life?
3. Be honest with yourself and your group, and be real… are there things you should be changing in your life now, before it’s too late? Lazarus didn’t get the chance, you do.
4.Are there people, choices or other things you have been avoiding that you should address? How has that affected you?
5. Pray with your group about anything you may have shared or are struggling with. Talk to your Leader or a Journey Pastor separately to get more prayer or guidance if you are still in need of extra help. Big changes are possible?