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Luke 16:19-31 (NKJV)

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ 27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

CG Discussion Points

  1. Why did the rich man end up in hell? Discuss if money has become an idol in your life and why the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. (Luke 16:19-31; Luke 16:13-14; 1 Tim 6:10)
  2. Explain why God is not against the rich as He blessed Abraham abundantly? Discuss what God’s salvation plan is with respect to physical death and spiritual death. (Luke 18:25-27; Gen 13:5-7; Prov 10:22; John 3:17-18)
  3. How can one be saved regardless of being rich or poor? Discuss how can we be the answer to the cry from hell and from within us to share the gospel with people? (Eph 2:8-9; Mat 5:3; Luke 16:26-31; Mark 16:15)