Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Matthew 12

 

Description

Welcome to Focus On The Message – the first component of our Following Jesus discipleship program. This web page contains the lessons for:

Matthew 12

Purpose

Follow this link for information about these key aspects of our training: Purpose, Goals, Habits, Ministries, and Assignments.


Matthew 12

This chapter has 5 lessons. You should ideally cover one chapter (with all of its lessons) in a week, but please don’t let a week go by without completing at least one lesson.

Lesson 1: Lord of the Sabbath

Main text and related passages:

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Topics to explore:

    • What is the Sabbath? How are Israelites supposed to treat the Sabbath?
    • Why does Jesus compare himself to David eating the holy bread? What was David’s political status at the time?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read the main passage and related passages above.
    • Watch the Sabbath video.

Lesson 2: God’s Chosen Servant

Main text and related passages:

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Topics to explore:

    • Why did Jesus warn people not to tell who he was?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read the main passage and related passages above.
    • Watch the Bible Project videos.

Lesson 3: Jesus and Beelzebub

Main text and related passages:

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Topics to explore:

    • What does “Son of Man” mean?
    • What does blasphemy against the Holy Spirit mean?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read the main passage and related passages above.
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Lesson 4: The Sign of Jonah

Main text and related passages:

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Topics to explore:

    • Have you ever looked at Jonah this way before?
    • What have some of the Pharisees been up to before asking Jesus for a sign?
    • What sign does Jesus promise the Pharisees and teachers of the law? What role will they play in that sign?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read the main passage and related passages above.
    • Watch the Tim Mackie video.

Lesson 5: Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • Why did Jesus’ family want to see him?
    • Does anything strike you as unusual about Jesus’ attitude towards his mother and brothers?
    • How does Jesus view his followers?

Additional resources to check out:

Training assignment (do this yourself, and use it to help train someone else):

    • Read the main passage and related passages above.
    • If you didn’t watch the Tim Mackie video last week. please go ahead and watch it.

Resource Lists (for your convenience)

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