"Follow Me! Says Who?"
Passage: Matthew 1–4
1. The Sovereign King, the Good News is that He reigns over all, Matthew 1:1-17; 2:6; 4:23; Isaiah 52:7; Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:14.
2. Righteous God and perfect man – Jesus, Matthew 1:23.
3. The Messiah/Savior – Jesus, Matthew 1:21.
4. The Judge, Matthew 3:12.
5. Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity, Matthew 3:16-17.
6. The One who is filled with the Holy Spirit, Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4: 1.
7. Jesus, who is on the mission of God, Matthew 1:22; 2:5; 3:3; 4:14.
8. The One who lives and breathes and obeys the Word of God, Matthew 4:1-11.
9. Jesus, who founded the local church, Matthew 4:18-22; 16:18.
10. The one who fished for men, Matthew 4:18-19.
He makes demands, He is the reigning King: follow Me and repent. Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:21; Luke 24:44-49.
Community Group Discussion Questions
1. We bristle at commands. Why? But in reality is anybody really free? Read Romans 6:17-18. Why must everyone be under authority? What authority operates in your life. Have everyone share in the group.
2. What are some of Jesus’ commands in the New Testament? John 13:34-35; Romans 12:1-21; Luke 17:3; Matthew 28:16-20.
3. Why is it essential that Jesus be completely God and completely man?
4. Can we live the same life as Jesus? In what ways are our lives similar? Different?
5. How can Jesus be filled with the Holy Spirit, why did He need to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Is it the same for us?
6. If Jesus was God, and was filled with the Holy Spirit, why did He need Scripture to respond to the temptations of Satan?
7. What is the mission of God? Can we help?
8. Why is the local church essential to the mission of God? What is the difference between attractional evangelism and relationship evangelism? Will most non-Christians come to church? How are we going to carry out the mission of God if our culture is increasingly suspicious of church?