SERIES: The Way: Embracing the Adventure of Becoming a Disciple
SERMON: The Glorious Invitation
PASSAGE: Matthew 4:12-23
TEACHER: Ryan Paulson, Lead Pastor
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In The Way series, we’ll be embracing the adventure of becoming a disciple of Jesus. Come along with us as we take a closer look at the process of discipleship, and discover how to live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus. We’ll learn more about being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and doing as Jesus does.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with God, both personally and in connection with others.
Life/Family Group Questions
Engaging With Each Other
1. What food will you never eat?
Engaging With the Scriptures
2. From verse 17, discuss together:
a. When you think about the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God, what do you think about? How come?
b. What is the truth that Jesus throws down in this verse? How often does your thinking generally align with it? Why do you think that is?
c. What is Jesus calling us to do in this verse? Why do you think He starts where He does? Would you have expected Him to start somewhere else?
d. Why? What are some implications from all of this that come to mind?
Do you have any other observations or insights about this verse that you’d like to share?
3. Moving on to verse 19, discuss together:
a. What is compelling and attractive about Jesus’ call to come and BE WITH Him? Why?
b. Similarly, what is compelling about His call to let Him make you BECOME LIKE Him? Why?
c. Lastly, what excites you about the reality that you can DO AS He did (or better, as He does)?
Engaging the Scriptures with Life
4. Ryan closed with three questions:
a. What is Jesus saying to me?
b. What does it look like for me to be obedient?
c. Who can I tell?
How would you answer them?
(If you would like access to the Leaders Notes for these discussion questions, please click here, and then click on the “Resources” tab. (This link is updated on Friday afternoons.)
“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ ” Matthew 4:19 (ESV)
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