Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 2

 

Description

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

Unit 2: Matthew 1 – 4

Purpose

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


Unit 2: Matthew 1 – 4

In this unit each chapter comprises multiple lessons for a total of 12 altogether. 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.

Introduction

Lesson 1:

This section will include notes and resources related to each chapter that we will be reading

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

    • Read and watch the material in the Bible Project link above.
    • Order the “Matthew for Everyone” commentators above.
    • Discussion Questions:

Matthew 1

Lesson 2: Genealogy of Jesus

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore in discussion:

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 “Yahweh Saves” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.
    • Discussion Questions:
      • What does this chapter say about who Jesus is?
      • How does this chapter compare with what you’ve believed about Jesus in the past?
      • How does this chapter compare with what you believe about Jesus now?

Habits

    • Make a list of the people in your sphere of influence (i.e. people you connect with at least once a week) who aren’t followers of Jesus.
    • Begin praying for them regularly.

Lesson 3: The Birth of Jesus Christ

Main text and related passages:

  • Matthew 1:18-25 NIV – The Birth of Jesus Christ – Bible Gateway
  • Isaiah 7:14 NIV – The Sign of Immanuel (click on “read full chapter” in Bible Gateway to see this verse in its context)

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore in discussion:

    • The backstory to the Gospel.
    • Jesus (Yeshua) – “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21)
      • “saved from sins” = “back in the game”.
    • Immanuel – “God with us” – (Matthew 1:23)

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 “Yahweh Saves” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.
    • Discussion Questions:
      • What does this chapter say about who Jesus is?
      • How does this chapter compare with what you’ve believed about Jesus in the past?
      • How does this chapter compare with what you believe about Jesus now?
      • For the Jews of Jesus’ day, being “saved from their sins” implied being “back in the game” after being benched or being restored to their divine purpose: being a people through whom all nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3; 26:1-6; 28:10-15; Galatians 3). What would being restored to this divine purpose look like in your community, your city, your state, your country, the world?
      • What might “God with us” look like in your community?
      • Did Mary remain a virgin?

Habits

    • Make a list of the people in your sphere of influence (i.e. people you connect with at least once a week) who aren’t followers of Jesus.
    • Begin praying for them regularly.

Matthew 2

Lesson 4: The Visit of the Magi

Main text and related passages:

  • Matthew 2:1-12 NIV – The Visit of the Magi
  • Micah 5:2 – (click on “read full chapter” in Bible Gateway to see this verse in its context)

Topics to explore:

    • How many Magi were there?

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 “God With Us” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.

Lesson 5: The Escape to Egypt

Main text and related passages:

  • Matthew 2:13-18 NIV – The Escape to Egypt
  • Hosea 11:1 NIV – (click on “read full chapter” in Bible Gateway to see this verse in its context)
  • Jeremiah 31:15 NIV – (click on “read full chapter” in Bible Gateway to see this verse in its context)

Topics to explore:

    • Where is God when tough circumstances happened to Jesus’ family?
    • Can you imagine anything more tragic than the death of an innocent child? Why does God allow tragedies to take place?
    • “Out of Egypt” – redoing Israel’s history the right way.

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.
    • Read the context of Hosea 11:1. How does God feel about his “son” that he called out of Egypt in this passage? Is Matthew quoting Hosea 11:1 as a parallel or as a contrast?
    • If you haven’t already, watch the “God With Us” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.

Lesson 6: The Return to Nazareth

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • “Out of Egypt” – redoing Israel’s history the right way.

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 haven’t already, watch the “God With Us” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.

Matthew 3

Lesson 7: John the Baptist Prepares the Way

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore:

    • Baptism was the onramp for people converting to Judaism. By submitting to John’s baptism, repentant Jews were behaving as if they were gentile converts – starting from scratch. What would it look like for “repentant” Americans to renounce their citizenship and voluntarily go through the immigration and naturalization process?
    • The Jews who came to John to be baptized were also symbolically re-enacting the entry of Israel into the promised land via the Jordan River.
    • Explore the meaning of repentance.
      • It’s so much more than making a list of your past sins to apologize for!

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 “God With Us” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.

Lesson 8: The Baptism of Jesus

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore:

    • Like the other Jews who come to John for baptism, Jesus is re-enacting Israel’s entry to the promised land via the Jordan River. Jesus’ baptism is unique however – he is doing right, what Israel ultimately failed at.
    • Jesus’ baptism is unique. The Father speaks from heaven to make clear what Jesus’ status was – he had nothing to repent for.
    • Consider the relationship between John and Jesus:
      • Jesus is a cousin of John the Baptist.
      • John clearly knew who Jesus was, but does not seem to have been expecting that Jesus was the one he would be revealing to Israel.
    • The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer – empowerment.
    • The Trinity

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 “God With Us” video from the Tim Mackie series on Matthew above.

Matthew 4

Lesson 9: The Temptation of Jesus

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore:

    • Jesus continues to redo Israel’s history the right way. Demonstrating obedience in the wilderness where Israel repeatedly disobeyed.
    • The Holy Spirit in the life of the believer – guidance.

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 “Overview” video from the “5 thresholds” video. Which of the people in your sphere of influence fit into the “Trust”, “Curiosity”, Openness to Change”, “Seeking”, and “Following” categories?
    • Discussion Questions
      • Why didn’t Jesus take the devil up on his offer of all the kingdoms of the world?
      • Why did the devil offer Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in exchange for worshiping him?
      • Why didn’t God the Father just take all of the kingdoms of the world and give them to Jesus?
      • Why did Jesus have to go to the cross?

Lesson 10: Jesus Begins to Preach

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore:

    • Note that Jesus’ message is the same as John’s: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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 “Overview” video from the “5 thresholds” video. Which of the people in your sphere of influence fit into the “Trust”, “Curiosity”, Openness to Change”, “Seeking”, and “Following” categories?

Lesson 11: The Calling of the First Disciples

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • These first disciples are the first “saved” people we encounter in Matthew. From this point on we can explore the picture that Matthew presents of what it means to be saved.
    • It all begins with “Follow me!”. This is the basis for the Christian life – following Jesus.

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 “Overview” video from the “5 thresholds” video. Which of the people in your sphere of influence fit into the “Trust”, “Curiosity”, Openness to Change”, “Seeking”, and “Following” categories?

Lesson 12: Jesus Heals the Sick

Main text and related passages:

Checkout the following:

Topics to explore:

    • Jesus’ activity draws large crowds who follow him. Are they in the same category as the disciples?
    • Are the people in the crowds “saved”? Note – the next chapter will shed some light on this.

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 “Overview” video from the “5 thresholds” video. Which of the people in your sphere of influence fit into the “Trust”, “Curiosity”, Openness to Change”, “Seeking”, and “Following” categories?


Advance to Unit 3: Matthew 5 – 10

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