Sermon Text: Luke 7:36–50


1. What is shame?

2. A vignette of shame.

3. The way out of shame.

Personal Prayer & Reflection

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:8–9

Is there a place you have tried to manage your shame with secrecy, silence, or self-reliance instead of through faith in Jesus? After confessing that to God, who can you share this with?

"I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it." — Jeremiah 33:8–9

What could it look like if we were a church that met shame with empathy? 
Who do you need to pray for - that they’d hear the good news of Jesus for shame?

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  - Revelation 21:3-4

Where do you need to ask God for a greater awareness of his presence and glory in your life?


"Guilt lives in the courtroom, shame lives in the community. Guilt says you are responsible, you are wrong, you have sinned. Shame says you don’t belong; you are unacceptable, unclean, disgraced. The shamed person feels worthless, expects rejections, and needs cleansing, fellowship, love, and acceptance." — Ed Welch, Shame Interrupted 

"So, when Jesus asks us, “Do you see this woman?” (Luke 7:44), I wonder what it must have been like for her. There was no lust in his eyes, no use of her behind his smile, no flirtatious familiarity or flatter in his tone. Her given beauty was noticed and cherished; her heart and mind here understood and known. Had she ever been looked at by a man like this? Had the men standing there ever known that they too could learn by grace to look at a woman in this way?" — Zack Eswine, The Imperfect Pastor

Jesus is an incongruous combination — a Servant-King. We have no parallels or comparisons. The Latrine-washing President? The homeless Queen?…He understands Nothings because he chose to be one. He elevates Nothings when they associates themselves with him. — Ed Welch, Shame Interrupted


In Tenderness

Hallelujah to My King

Depth of Mercy

How He Loves

Before the Throne