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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 16:1-12

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 16:1-12. How would you sum up this passage in one sentence?
  • Compare this passage with Mark 8:11-21. What is similar/different?
  • Read verses 1-4. What do the Pharisees and Sadducees ask of Jesus? Why?  What is Jesus' response?
  • Read verses 5-12. What are the disciples concerned with?  What is Jesus' response?
  • What is Jesus trying to teach the religious leaders?  The disciples?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What areas of your life have you seen God teach you lessons of faith in? What does it say about God, us, faith, growth?
  • What do Christ's works show him to be? How is God teaching you this? What makes learning this lesson so difficult for us so often?
  • What does it take for you to joyfully, willingly, with risk, trust in Jesus?

Intentionally Act

  • What points of encouragement should you draw from this passage? What areas of deficiency does it suggest in you? How should you respond in prayer to Jesus now?
  • How could you use this passage to talk to a non-Christian about who Jesus is and why they should turn from their approach to life and follow him? What non-Christians in your life come to mind? How will you plan to act on this?
  • How could you use this passage to encourage another Christian in how to trust in Christ? What Christians comes to mind who could use your encouragement this week?
  • Pray for God's Word to bear fruit this Sunday in the lives of non-Christians and believers as we gather.
  • Pray for those who will be leading the service: Dawson Bryant, music; Rob Stouffer, prayer time and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
  • Listen to the songs we will sing on Sunday and meditate on the lyrics as you prepare yourself to sing with the congregation.

Songs for Sunday


Morning Gathering - May 25, 2014