Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 4

 

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

Unit 4: Matthew 11 – 13

Purpose

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


Unit 4: Matthew 11 – 13

In this unit each chapter comprises multiple lessons for a total of 15 altogether. You should ideally cover one chapter a week, but please don’t let a week go by without completing at least one lesson.

Matthew 11

Lesson 1: Jesus and John the Baptist

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • Why is John unsure about Jesus?
    • What signs does Jesus want John to pay attention to?
    • Why is the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven greater than John?

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 2: Woe on Unrepentant Cities

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • What was Sodom’s problem?
    • How do you respond to 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 Tim Mackie video.

Lesson 3: Rest for the Weary

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • Jesus asserts here that we only know the Father through him.
    • What does this say about people who claim to know God through some path other than Jesus?
    • What’s unique about Jesus? How does he compare to the founders of all other religious systems?

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.

Matthew 12

Lesson 4: Lord of the Sabbath

Main text and related passages:

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 5: God’s Chosen Servant

Main text and related passages:

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 6: Jesus and Beelzebub

Main text and related passages:

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 7: The Sign of Jonah

Main text and related passages:

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 8: Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • Why did Jesus’ family want to see him?
    • 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.

Matthew 13

Lesson 9: The Parable of the Sower

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

    • What does it mean to produce a crop 100, 60, or 30 times what was sown?
    • What is is a disciple and how do I know when I’ve become one? How do I know when I’ve produced one?
    • Ladder of Abstraction – concrete language.

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 10: The Parable of the Weeds

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

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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 11: The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Main text and related passages:

  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast – Matthew 13:31-35 – Bible Gateway

Topics to explore:

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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 12: The Parable of the Weeds Explained

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

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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 13: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Main text and related passages:

  • The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl – Matthew 13:44-46 – Bible Gateway

Topics to explore:

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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 14: The Parable of the Net

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

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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 15: A Prophet Without Honor

Main text and related passages:

Topics to explore:

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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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