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- Why did people think Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah or Jeremiah?
- What was significant about Peter’s confession?
- How do you interpret the insight (v. 17), power (v. 18) and authority (v. 19) given to Peter? What are the “keys of the kingdom”? What do they “bind” and “loose”?
- What kind of Messiah was Peter expecting? Why was Jesus’ response to Peter so strong (see Mt. 4:1-11)?
- What activities and attitudes are at the heart of Christian discipleship?
- How would you feel in Joseph’s place in verse 19? In verses 20-21? What would you say to family and friends? To God?
- What reason does Joseph give as to why Jesus was born?
- Did these incidents likely strain or strengthen Joseph and Mary’s future marriage relationships? How was God “with them” in all this?
- Jesus was called Emmanuel/Immanuel - “God with us”. How do you feel about viewing Jesus as a role model?
- When did Jesus become a warm person for you; more than just a name? When did he become God with you?
- Who are the Magi, or wise people, you look to for advice?
- Why was it important that Jesus be born in Bethlehem?
- Since the Magi were pagan astrologers, why would they leave everything in order to follow that star?
- Note the responses of the Magi upon seeing Jesus. How is that similar to the response Christians make to Jesus? How is it different?
- In your journey toward God, how are you like the Magi? Unlike them? Have you had to leave anything to follow Jesus?
- What is the “gold, incense and myrrh” in your life? How have you offered this to Jesus?
- From this parable on what basis are people divided into sheep and goats? (beliefs, actions, character, treatment of others).
- Thinking of this parable how would you feel if you were placed in the group of sheep?
- Does this story feel more like a parable or a prophecy? Why?
- List the six actions Jesus will use as the basis of judgement. What kinds of actions are these? For whom are they done, now and ultimately (v. 40)? How do they benefit the doer?
- How are those who don’t do the actions and those that do them similar?
- How were Jesus and his opponents different in actions and attitudes?
- Is the judgement noted in this section consistent with your view of Jesus? Why or why not?
Matthew 4: 9-11
- When have you been alone in the "desert"? How can it help to know that Jesus has been there?
- What is the difference between being lonely and being alone?
- If the devil were to target you for temptation, which area of your life would he focus on? Physical temptations, financial temptations, ambition/power, your self-identity, your relationships, other things?
- When do you find yourself most vulnerable to the tempter? When you are tired or under stress, when you're alone, after a spiritual high, when you're not expecting it, when you let your mind dwell on certain things?
- How do you deal with temptation? Give in to it, fight it off, ask for God's help, beat yourself up with guilt, get your mind off it, talk to someone about it?
- What has helped you overcome temptation when it comes? Scripture, telling someone about it, talking yourself out of it, prayer, running away?
- What did your parents want you to be when you grew up? What about you?
- What in the woman’s request of Jesus (vv. 20-21) shows that the disciples'’ view of the kingdom was different from Jesus? Of what are she (and they) ignorant?
- In order to share in his kingdom what “cup” must the disciples share with Jesus (vv. 18-19)?
- Why were the other ten disciples so outraged?
- What contrast does Jesus set up between the Gentile kingdom and God’s kingdom? How does Jesus model this new way?
- What specific ways can you serve people using Jesus as your model? Jesus was always saying or doing the unexpected (vv. 26-28). What has he told you that you did not expect?
- Where do you go when you need to pray? What do you find yourself praying for most often?
- Using the Lord’s Prayer as a model, what three things related to God are named first (vv. 9-11)?
- What three things related to our needs are expressed next (vv. 11- 13)?
- What do verses 12, 14 and 15 say to you about the relationship between forgiving and being forgiven?
- In praying, what do you think is your biggest challenge?
- In getting serious about your spiritual life, what is something you need to start doing?
Matthew 6:1-4, 16-21
Preacher: Terence Chandra
Take out your Bible and look up the scripture, Matthew 6:1-4, 16-21. Over the next week we invite you to sit down (by yourself or even better) with your small group, a friend, family member or soul-mate, and (think about) discuss the following questions:
- Did you grow up in an “openly religious” home or was religion mostly a private matter, unseen by you until later years?
- On a scale of 1 (obligation) - 10 (joy), how would you rate your usual attitude to fasting?
- What “religious disciplines” are valued in your circles?
- Why do you think fasting and prayer are often put together in the Bible and with Christians through the centuries?
- What is the purpose of fasting? In what situations you face might fasting be helpful?
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