Parable of the Dishonest Manager

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Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.


  • If you could go back in time and give your younger self a piece of advice, what would you tell yourself?

Dig Deeper:  

Read Luke 16:1-14.

  • What, from this passage of scripture or Sunday’s sermon, has given you new insight into the meaning of this Parable?
  • In your own words, what is Jesus’ meaning of this Parable?
  • Is there anything in the Parable that is confusing or hard to understand?
  • What is Jesus’ view of money from the Bible? Read the following verses to gain some greater context:

 Matthew 19:23-24, 1 Timothy 6:10, Psalm 24:1, Deuteronomy 8:18

  • On Sunday, Pastor Jason defined wealth as, “Wealth is a blessing and stewardship from God.” How do you see this to be true in your own life?
  • Though the Dishonest Manager was unfaithful with his Master’s resources, we find the Master commending the manager’s shrewdness. Why?
  • How would you define shrewdness? How is shrewdness seen in the culture in which you live? Is shrewdness something our culture values?
  • Read Luke 16:10-13 one more time. What does Jesus mean by “no servant can have two masters.” Why can’t you serve God and money?
  • In what ways might we be tempted to serve money rather than God?
  • On Sunday Pastor Jason made the point, “TRULY FAITHFUL PEOPLE ARE GENEROUS BECAUSE OF THEIR CHARACTER, NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES.” How have you seen this to be true?

Make It Personal:

  • What has God entrusted to you as a Steward to be faithful with?
  • How can we use “worldly wealth” to gain friends for ourselves in our eternal home?
  • What shift in our thinking is required in order for us to treat money as a resource to be used for the good of others?
  • Take a moment to imagine going to heaven and being embraced by the people who heard and believed in Jesus Christ because of your investment in their lives. What thoughts, images, and feelings does that evoke in you?
  • What hurdles do you need to overcome to make more of a significant investment in others’ lives for eternity?

Tags: stewardship, jesus, eternity, parables