Is it possible to have faith and be fearful at the same time?
The disciples ask a puzzling question after all these months - “Who is this?” Were they just dolts who didn’t get it at all or what was going on here?
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key texts: Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62 (All NIV)
Do you think these people eventually followed Jesus or not? What clues do you see in Matthew 8:21?
Read John 6:66-69 for another example of disciples deciding whether it was worth continuing to follow Jesus. What is the key reason Peter gives for choosing to continue to follow? Can you list more reasons to keep following?
What circumstances do you regularly find yourself in that lead you to doubt that it’s worth following. Pray for courage to follow in these circumstances.
key texts: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10 (NIV) Take time to dig deep into this week’s text and those we have studied leading up to this point. Pray about the above questions. Ask others how they see this playing out in your life. Come to community group ready to discuss what you are learning. Grace and Peace, y’all.
“Faith” is one of the those words that gets thrown around a lot and can have any number of meanings. In the text this week we are not allowed to keep our ambiguous definitions. We are given a very specific example of what faith looks like and, more importantly, acts like: recognizing that Jesus possesses ultimate authority. The challenge for us is what I want us to study, consider, discuss and ultimately act upon; what does it mean to recognize and submit to Jesus? What does it mean to call Him “Lord” and then to live like it?
key texts: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10 (NIV)
Take time to dig deep into this week’s text and those we have studied leading up to this point. Pray about the above questions. Ask others how they see this playing out in your life. Come to community group ready to discuss what you are learning.
Grace and Peace, y’all.J.Ray
This Sunday’s scripture focused on essentials for being a part of Christ’s Kingdom now. Spend some time sharing with each other how God is leading you to become better at each of these three aspects:
KNOWING JESUS: how do you build time for relationship with Jesus into your day? What does that look like ? How can you encourage one another to know him better?
HEARING JESUS: what are you doing to make certain you are hearing him? What are the inputs of scripture in your week? How can your small group help you hear him better?
DOING WHAT JESUS TELL ME TO DO: what do you already know that you’re doing that you should stop doing? What do you already know that you’re not doing that you should start doing? How can you encourage one another to greater levels of obedience?