The Mission

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Ralph Childs

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Discussion Questions:

Do you like roller coasters?

When the disciples went to meet Jesus in Galilee, Matthew 28:17 says, “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Do you think doubt is a bad thing? Why or why not? How should we respond to doubt in ourselves and others? (See also Jude 1:22)

Persecution of Christians is very common around the world, yet not very common in the United States. Do you think that persecution in the U.S. will get worse, better, or stay the same in the next 50 years?

If you were going to make one new disciple of Jesus per year for the rest of your life, how would you go about it? What strategies have been successful in your experience? What hindrances stand in your way? How can the church help you be successful?

The Morning

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Why does Paul say that if Christ was not raised then our faith is in useless (1 Corinthians 15:14)? How has the resurrection of Jesus Christ affected you personally?

Watch the following videos and discuss.

The Darkest Night

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Have you ever thrown a grown-up tantrum? Was it over candy?

Over and over, Matthew has taken great pains to point out moments when Jesus’ life fulfills Old Testament prophecy. What does this teach us about the Old Testament? What does this teach us about the character of God?

So many people are enslaved to idols of money, power, pleasure, and nationalism. What foundational human desires make these idols appealing? What does Christ offer that can bring true fulfillment of these desires?

Considering how Romans 1:25 characterizes idolatry, what strategies can help us remove the idols from our hearts?

The Dark Night of the Soul

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

If you were physically capable, would you free solo El Capitan?

The best way to identify an idol in your life is by how you react when it is threatened. Most people react with either depression, rage, or some combination. What do you think Peter’s idol was in Matthew 26, and how was that revealed by his actions?

Have you ever seen a deepfake video? How do you think our culture will react to this phenomenon? Does our culture value truth?

How can we know that we are better off with Jesus instead of with our idols?

The King’s Plan

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Do you have any roosters near your house? Do you have a rooster story?

How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus said they would all abandon him?

In John 10:18, Jesus said that he was commanded to lay down his life by his Father. In Matthew 26:38, Jesus said that he was overwhelmed with sorrow. And in verse 39, Jesus tells his father that if it is possible he would rather not go through with this. What does all this tell us about Jesus’ motivation to go to the cross? How should that affect us?

Describe a situation in which you didn’t want to obey God’s commands. What factors motivated (or would have motivated) your obedience in that moment?

According to Romans 12:2, allowing God to renew our minds gives us the ability to test and approve God’s will. What does this tell us about how God interacts with us? What will this mean for our walk with God?

Judgment Day

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Do you think most people are opposed to judgment? Why or why not?

In the parable of the stewards (Matthew 25:14-30), the master commends those stewards who invest wisely with the resources entrusted to them. What opportunities has God entrusted you with? How will you invest them?

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus warns us not to mistreat the poor, the foreigner, the sick, and the prisoner? Why does this behavior make a person unfit for the Kingdom? Why do you think Jesus picked these categories specifically?

Bigger, Better, and Sooner

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

What do you think is the most bizarre prophecy in the Bible?

How does knowing Old Testament history help us in (1) our understanding of the New Testament and (2) in our walk with God today?

How does living for the Kingdom of God interact with living in the kingdoms of this world?

Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10. What “unseen” things can we focus on that will help us be pleasing to God?

BONUS QUESTION: Read Hebrews 8:1-6, and Revelation 11:15-19. What do these passages teach us about the future history of the Temple?

Woes and Lament

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Jesus commands his disciples not to be called “Rabbi,” “father,” or “instructor.” Is Jesus prohibiting the use of all titles within the Christian community (e.g. “pastor” or “elder”)? If not, what exactly is he prohibiting?

Jesus’ seven woes for the Pharisees and teachers of the law are (paraphrased):

  1. They keep themselves and others out of the Kingdom of God
  2. They convert people to the wrong kingdom
  3. They manipulate the truth using religious language
  4. They obey on surface matters but not on more important matters
  5. They desire to appear generous but are greedy and self-indulgent
  6. They desire to appear pure, but they are full of wickedness
  7. They desire to appear receptive to God’s Word, but they have murdered and will murder God’s messengers

Which among these are the most prominent moral failures among Christians today? Why do you think the Christian community struggles with these issues?

Jesus’ lament in Matthew 23:37 indicates his heart of compassion, even for the most hypocritical and morally suspect members of the religious community. How has God’s compassion and forgiveness ministered to you personally?

In 2 Corinthians 4:2, the apostle Paul renounces “disgraceful, underhanded ways” and commits to an approach to sharing the gospel that he describes as an “open statement of the truth.” Why is that approach so important? What is lost if we do not take that approach?

Four Last Questions

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

People come to faith in Christ through various means, often a combination of subjective experiences, rational consideration, relational connection with believers, and many other ways. How did God draw you to faith? In what ways have you seen God draw others to faith?

In Matthew 22:15-46, the Pharisees and Sadducees had hostile intentions. They were trying to trap Jesus. In most cases, Jesus’ responses seem to be kind, gracious, and even somewhat formal and academic. Yet, it seems like he gets in a couple jabs (see verses 18 and 29). Why might he do this? Is he angry? Is he being intolerant of other’s views?

Both Jesus and his questioners demonstrate a good amount of knowledge of the Old Testament. For that reason, Jesus’ rebuke for the Sadducees in verse 29 seems strange. What might be missing from the Sadducees approach to the Scriptures?

In light of Proverbs 1:7, what steps can we take to build our understanding of the Old Testament and the power of God?

The Wedding Feast

Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday, 7pm, facilitated by Hannah Baehr

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Discussion Questions:

Obviously, tacos are the best food. What is the second best?

In the parable (Matthew 22), many of those invited to the wedding feast were offended by the invitation. What kinds of things tend to offend people about Christianity?

When was the last time you saw someone genuinely panicked, depressed, or enraged? What were they trying to defend?

Read James 2:14-26. How does James characterize the relationship between faith, righteous deeds, and salvation?

There are over 6,000 souls in Nuevo, CA (and probably at least as many in your town). What barriers might keep them from receiving an invitation to the Feast? How can we help overcome those barriers to present the gospel?