Month: January 2015

Matthew 18

What did I learn about Jesus? It is natural for Jesus to leave the 99 to search for the 1 who is lost (verse 12). Jesus is concerned that we practice forgiveness. What did I learn about disciple-making? Jesus gave plenty of practical instruction, including how to deal with sin-related conflict (verses 15-17). We need […]

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Matthew 17

What did I learn about Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son and furthermore, is not a son of the earth (verses 5, 24-27). Jesus knows the plan to be killed and resurrected (verses 22-23). What did I learn about disciple-making? Jesus let his disciples know the direction they were heading (verses 22-23). Faith grows over time—the […]

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Matthew 15

What did I learn about Jesus? Jesus is concerned with what defiles the heart, not outward appearances. Jesus is looking for people of faith. What did I learn about disciple-making? Sometimes you have to teach the same lesson twice (multiplying loaves again!). We may be surprised who Jesus calls to follow him.   Extended thoughts […]

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Matthew 14

What did I learn about Jesus? Jesus insists on his own self-care. Jesus commends the risk-taking Peter, even when he fails. What did I learn about disciple-making? Bring Jesus what you have—he will multiply it (verses 19-20). Respond to Jesus’ invitation to, “Come” (verse 29).   Extended thoughts and observations:  Again, I offer my thoughts […]

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Matthew 13

What did I learn about Jesus? Jesus uses parables—stories about ordinary things everyone would have been familiar with—to explain what the Kingdom of God is like. Jesus was rejected by his hometown. What did I learn about disciple-making? Disciple-makers gather to hear the teachings of Jesus. Followers of Jesus keep asking for explanations.    Extended […]

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Matthew 12

What did I learn about Jesus? Jesus reiterates that he is divine (verse 8). Jesus was a student of the Word (which speaks to importance of OUR studying and memorizing the Word). What did I learn about disciple-making? Again, our genuineness as disciples is clearly evidenced by the fruit of our lives. When you follow […]

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