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The Gospel of Matthew (Discussion Questions)

   
 

The Sower and the Seeds
Read Matt 13:1-23

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  • What is a parable? [Matt 13:3]
  • Why did Jesus speak to the people using parables? [Matt 13:10-17]
  • What is the meaning of the parable of the sower and the seeds? [Matt 13:18-23]
  • How could you explain that story today?
  • What are some of the cares of the world?
  • Who tries to take the seed out of the heart?
  • What is stony thinking? [Ever think of it as Yes, but? We say “Yes, God exists, but I still have this problem…”]
  • What kind of thorny experiences keep the Word of God from growing in us? [“I’m too busy to read the Bible today.” “I don’t have time to pray.”]
  • How can we be rich soil for the Word of God to be planted in?
  • Are you willing to let the Word grow in you?
  • How will you do that?
   
 

A Man Sowing Good Seed
Matt 13:24-30

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  • What is this parable about?
  • Why is the kingdom of heaven like an enemy messing up your garden?
  • What are tares?
  • Why would an enemy want to destroy this man’s wheat?
  • How do we handle jealousy?
  • Why wouldn’t the householder allow the men to dig up the tares?
  • Have you ever seen a weed that looked like a flower?
  • How is the householder to distinguish between the wheat and the tares?
  • Do we see the wheat in people or the tares?
  • How can we do a better job of seeing only the wheat when we’re at school or playing with friends or working with our family members?
   
 

Mustard Seed
Matt 13:31-32

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  • What is this parable about?
  • What is the kingdom of heaven like?
  • What is the smallest seed?
  • What are we to learn from a small seed becoming a large tree?
  • What does it have to do with us and the kingdom of heaven?
   
 

Leaven
Read Matthew13:33

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  • What is this parable about?
  • Why is leaven like the kingdom of heaven?
  • Have you ever seen anyone bake bread?
  • What ingredients do they use?
  • What is most like leaven when we bake bread?
  • Why is it important?
  • How does this affect how we live?
   
 

Treasure Hid in a Field
Read Matthew 13:44

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  • Explain this parable about the kingdom of heaven.
  • What does the hidden treasure represent?
  • Would it be honest to find something in a field and then go buy the land? Why or why not?
   
 

Merchant Seeking Goodly Pearls
Read Matthew 13:45

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  • Explain this parable about the kingdom of heaven.
  • What would be a pearl worth selling all you had for?
  • Are we willing to give up everything for the kingdom of heaven?
   
 

The Net
Read Matthew 13:47

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  • Explain this parable about the kingdom of heaven.
  • Have you ever used a net to catch anything?
  • Did you get things you weren’t expecting?
  • How was the man with the net like the householder?
  • Why is it important to sort out the good from the bad?
  • Are you willing to find good?
  • What is “good” to you?
   
 

Healing
Read Matthew 4:23,24

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And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

  • What is healing?
  • What kinds of people needed healing?
  • Name some of the healings you find in Matthew.
    • Leper restored (Matt 8:2-4)
    • Palsy healed (Matt 9:2-8)
    • Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever stopped (Matt 8:14-17)
    • Two blind men see (Matt 9:27-31)
    • Dumb man speaks (Matt 9:32-35)
    • Man with the withered hand is restored (Matt 12:10-15)
    • Blind and dumb sees and speaks (Matt 12:22-30)
    • Multitudes healed of lameness, blindness, dumbness (Matt 15:29-31)
    • Healed hunger – fed 5000 people (Matt 15: 32-39)
    • Two more blind men receive their sight (Matt 20:29-34)
    • Blind and lame healed (Matt 21:12-14)
    • What are some of the healings not mentioned above? Can you find them in the book of Matthew?
  • Select any of the healings from above and read and discuss how Jesus healed.
    • Did he require anything of the people healed?
    • What unusual thing did he do to the leper? (he touched him)
    • Why was that unusual? (people wouldn’t touch lepers because they would be made unclean)
    • What did he say to the man who was sick of the palsy?
    • What did Peter’s mother-in-law do after she was healed? (served Jesus and the disciples a meal)
    • What did Jesus do to the two blind men in Matt 9?
    • What did he say to them?
    • What did Jesus cast out of the dumb man?
    • What was unusual about healing the man with the withered hand? ( it was the Sabbath)
    • Why did the Pharisees consider healing to be bad on the Sabbath?
    • How did Jesus feel about it?
    • Why did the healing of the blind and dumb man upset the Pharisees this time? (Matt 12:22-30)
    • How did Jesus feed the 5000 people?
  • Have you had any healings?
    • How did you pray?
    • What in Jesus’ healings gives us reason to believe that healing is natural?
   
 

The Sermon on the Mount – Rules to Live By
Read Matthew 5-7

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Beatitudes - First Four of Jesus’ Beatitudes, Last Five of Jesus’ Beatitudes

Six commands (some you may not want to discuss in SS depending on the age of your group)

  • Words on murder/anger Matt 5:21-26
    • Why should we hold anger in check?
    • How do we begin to keep our tempers from boiling over?
    • What did Jesus ask people to do? [go to the altar and forgive]
    • How important is forgiveness to heal anger?
      • Forgiveness requires us to do more than give lip-service to "I’m sorry," it is a change of heart.
      • How often do we say, “Sorry,” and not really mean it?
    • In that day, if you threatened to kill someone you could be arrested because your words were the same as deeds.
      • How would that work today?
      • Would you watch what you said more if you knew you could be arrested for just saying it?
    • Words on adultery/lust Matt 5:27-30
      • Look at the words and deeds. Jesus said to even think the sin is the same as committing it.
      • Could you get arrested for what you’re thinking?
      • Who might arrest your thinking? Who knows your thoughts?
  • Words on divorce Matt 5:31-32
  • On the taking of oaths/truthfulness of every word Matt 5:33-37
    • What does Jesus mean by letting all our conversations be yea, yea or nay, nay?
    • What would that sound like?
    • How important is it to know what to say “Yes” to and what to say “No” to?
      • Give examples
  • Loving one’s enemies Matt 5:43-48
    • How easy is it to love your enemies?
    • Do you have any enemies?
    • Why might it be difficult to love them?
    • What’s our reward for loving our enemies?
    • Does God love you and your enemies?
    • How do you know that He does? [Matt 5:45]
   
 

Jesus Walking on the Water
Read Matthew 14:22-33

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  • What lesson did Jesus teach his disciples?
  • Why did Peter start to sink?
  • Why is fear a problem?
  • What kind of faith do we need to accomplish our daily tasks?
   
 

Paying Your Taxes
Read Matthew 17:24-27

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  • How did Jesus pay the taxes?
  • Where did Peter find the money?
  • What does this story teach us about supply? (maybe not go fishing!)
   
 

Matthew Code
Read Matthew 18:14-17

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  • Have you ever heard of the Matthew Code?
  • What is it?
  • When do you use it?
  • Have you ever used it?
  • Why is this a good practice?
  • What is the parable that precedes this code of behavior? (Matt 18: 12-14)
  • What do you think the parable is saying about each of God’s children?
   
 

Importance of Forgiveness
Read Matthew 18:21-22

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  • Who asks Jesus how many times do we have to forgive someone?
  • What was Jesus’ response? (70x7)
  • So can we get upset and not forgive after 490 times? (No, because when two “7’s” are used together in the Bible, it means infinity. We have to forgive forever.)
  • What is the parable that follows this demand? (Matt 18:23-35)
  • Who was forgiven?
  • Why didn’t he forgive?
  • Do you sometimes get forgiven by your parents and forget to forgive your friends or siblings?
   
 

Important Commandment Lesson
Read Matthew 22:36-40

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  • How many commandments did Moses give us?
  • How many did Jesus use to summarize the ten?
  • What is the most important commandment?
  • How do we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind?
  • Which of the Ten Commandments does this summarize?
  • Which is the second greatest commandment?
  • How do we love our neighbors as ourselves?
  • Is that pretty hard to do? Why or why not?
  • Which of the Ten Commandments does this summarize?
  • Can you see how Jesus included all the commandments in each of the two?
  • The first commandment takes in 1-4 and the second commandment takes in 5-10.
   
 
   
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