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Matthew 16:21-28

March 31, 2019 • Jason Carson

TOGETHER GROUP QUESTIONS Read Matthew 16:21-28. What is God’s Word saying to you in this passage? What is God’s heart for His people? Peter got in the way of God’s will because he wanted to be safe, comfortable, and secure. Have you ever gotten in the way of God’s plans? Share of a time when you thought you knew better than God. How can the church be a hindrance to the work of God? Where do we sometimes put our minds on the things of man instead of the things of God? Jesus was very specific in His explanation on what it takes to follow Him. What are some specific ways you can follow Him in 2019? Be specific! What does Jesus mean when He asks us to deny ourselves? What does the invitation to take up your cross mean? What needs to die in your life? 7 key areas that we should constantly pursue as disciples are: God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship, Obedience, Worship, Serving, and Surrender/ Submission. Which of these are easiest and hardest for you? Which 2 or 3 will you work on this week?

JUST

May 26, 2019 • Jason Carson

GRACIOUS

May 19, 2019 • Jason Carson

TOGETHER GROUP QUESTIONS Read Matthew 18:21-35. What is God’s Word saying to you in this passage? What is God’s heart for His people? What is your natural inclination if someone personally offends or sins against you? How do you respond? In the parable of the unforgiving servant, the servant owes 10,000 talents (over $17 Billion today in Orange County). The point is that there is an impossible debt that he could never repay. Discuss in great detail the debt you have to God because of your sin. What danger do you see in holding someone in unforgiveness? After reading Matt. 18:21-35, what makes you upset about how the forgiven servant treats his fellow servant? In what ways do you do the same thing in life? Who do you need to get right with? Who do you need to forgive? How can you cancel their debt of their offense to you? Moving forward, what are some ways we can all be more gracious in our relationships, especially in conflict?

RELENTLESS

May 5, 2019 • Jason Carson

TOGETHER GROUP QUESTIONS Read Matthew 18:10-14. What is God’s Word saying to you in this passage? What is God’s heart for His people? In the parable, the one sheep goes astray. What are some reasons you see today that cause believers to go astray? Describe a time or season in your life where you felt you went astray for a while. Looking back, can you see how God pursued you and brought you back? Read Psalm 23. What makes the Lord the Good Shepherd? How do you see Him leading, guiding, protecting, loving, and caring for you as a sheep? If Jesus is “relentless” in His pursuit of us when we go astray, the Way of Jesus would say that we should care about others going astray as well. Who is one person in your life that you would love to see come back to Jesus? And what are a few things you could do to reach out to them? In addition to the last question, how could you point them toward Jesus? How can you forgive them if they’ve hurt or offended you? How can you pursue them without giving up? How will this discussion change the way you love (difficult) people?