Luke 5:36-38: Parable Of The New And Old

Welcome back the group and acknowledge any new members. Share with them that the purpose of the group is to help people discover more about God and how He relates to their lives. Explain that anyone is welcome, and if they have other friends that they would like to invite to join, they are welcome.

Care

Begin the session by asking:

· What are you thankful for this week?

· What are you struggling with and how can we help?

Spend time praying for their concerns

Accountability

· How did you apply the lesson from last week? How did it go for you?

· Who did you share the story with, and what was their response?

Story: Luke 5:36-38

Relate the Purpose: Let Go of Old Ways, Traditions, and Superstitions and Follow the Gospel

Relate the Background: The Pharisees were grumbling, judging Jesus for the people He would associate with (“sinners”) and because He and His disciples would eat and drink unlike them who would fast and abstain from food regularly.

Read the Story: Either the facilitator or members of the group can read. Read it once with Bibles open with the members following along, and once with Bibles closed.

Luke 5:36-38

36 Jesus then told them these sayings:

No one uses a new piece of cloth to patch old clothes. The patch would shrink and make the hole even bigger.

37 No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would swell and burst the old skins.[a] Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. 38 New wine must be put only into new wineskins.

Footnotes:

  1. 5.37 swell and burst the old skins: While the juice from grapes was becoming wine, it would swell and stretch the skins in which it had been stored. If the skins were old and stiff, they would burst.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Retell the Story: Have a group member retell the story in their own words. If they miss parts or misunderstand, ask the rest of the group to help them, or fill in what they have forgotten.

Ask Questions for discussion and clarification: These are sample questions you might use for this story. Also use your own. Let their answers to your questions do the teaching.

Application

What is your “I will _____________”for this lesson?

Who will you share this story with?

Summarize the Session: (Relate to the Purpose)

All religious traditions have the same basic intention-- to try to make people good enough to reach God and to attain salvation. Our old ways often seem so true and so close to the Truth. For example, you have to do certain things to earn God’s favor. You have to fulfill certain tasks to be able to go to Heaven or get blessings. But the Gospel’s message is grace: undeserved favor. If we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, salvation, blessings, and favor from God are ours regardless of how religious we are. Having a relationship with Jesus is something completely different from the religious traditions we may have followed in the past. We should stop trying to add Jesus to our traditions. Instead, we should allow Him to make all things new.

Close in Prayer

Ask God to expose any wrong beliefs about His character and your faith that you are still holding on to. Thank Him for the gift of grace that you can be sure that no matter what happens and what you do, God loves you and nothing can separate you from Him.

Set the time and place for the next meeting, and remind them to feel free to invite others to join the group. Ask the group to read the next story before the next meeting and prepare to share a summary in their own words