Hillside Foundations

Come As You Are - Part 3: Come, Bring Your Friends Who Don't Go to Church or Who Don't Like Church

January 19, 2014

Read aloud the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. As you read the story, imagine yourself as Zacchaeus. What are the similarities and differences between your life and his?

What prevented Zacchaeus from seeing Jesus? Was his height the only barrier? How might his job have been a barrier to seeing Jesus clearly? What prevents you from clearly seeing Jesus?

When Jesus called out to Zacchaeus, He broke through the barriers between tax collectors and the people. He not only met with Zacchaeus on the street, he went home with this “sinner.”

Who do you know that is a Zacchaeus?

The invitation is not just come as you are, but go to people as they are. With this in mind, what does Jesus teach us about reaching out to others?

Would you ever reach out and invite this person into your house? Why or why not? Discuss.

Read 1 Timothy 1:15. Share with the group how this verse speaks to you.

As you close your Group discussion time, pray for a heart of compassion toward the Zacchaeuses in your world. Also pray that you would have a heart of compassion like Jesus for all those who are lost.