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Friday, October 23, 2009

October 22 - Session Four

Welcome! We’re glad you have taken the time to join us for conversation, fun and food. We want to get to know God better, and desire to do that in relationship with one another.

In this session, we want to look at what being a follower of Jesus means, and discuss it together.
For Here:
Take a look together at one instance where Jesus called one of His disciples. The verses are included below for your convenience, but you are welcome to read them in your own Bible as well. After reading the verses together, consider the questions that follow. The object is to get everyone thinking, not necessarily to provide one right answer.
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Matthew 9:9-13 (NLT)
Jesus Calls Matthew
9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”
12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

For discussion/reflection:

What do you think Jesus meant when He said to Matthew, “follow me and be my disciple”?
Why did the Pharisees respond the way they did?
Have you ever found yourself in the position of the Pharisees?
In light of Jesus’ words and actions recorded by Matthew, who should followers of Jesus spend their time with?





To Go:
Take some time this week to read the following verses and consider what they tell us about being a disciple in light of what we learned together from Matthew’s experience. Use the table of contents in your Bible to help you find the references, if necessary. You can also look them up at http://www.biblegateway.com/.

I Samuel 16:6-7

Micah 6:6-8

Hosea 6:6

James 1:19-27


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We're glad to be growing along with you as we follow Jesus!
Blessings,
David

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