Matthew 4 – Who is this that people follow him?

Matthew 4 -Jesus faces a temptation and then calls his disciples.

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Intro Questions

  • Are there people in your life who you truly respect? If so, why?
  • Are there people you want to take the lead from – to enthusiastically follow their plan?  If so, why?
  • If you think about history – about the great men and women you’ve learned about – what made them special? What made them worthy of respect and honor?

Watch Matthew 4

Video Debrief

  • What are you thinking after seeing the video?  What surprised or disturbed you?
  • Describe how Jesus was portrayed – what did you notice?
  • What did you see that made Jesus someone who was worth of following?

Dig  into the Text

  1. What were the temptations that Jesus faced?
  2. How did Jesus handle the temptations?
  3. How did Jesus get those men to follow him?  What is something special he said or did?  Was there an incentive, a punishment?
  4. If it wasn’t the above – who was Jesus such that men would “drop their nets” and follow him?
  5. Do you think there was a lot of rejoicing when he healed the sick?

Deeper Questions

  1. Can you learn from Jesus on how to face temptation?  What can you apply?
  2. How does it feel knowing how deeply Jesus was tempted?
  3. Is Jesus someone you want to follow – to give your life to?  If so, why (be personal and specific).
  4. Do you think the disciples had any idea what they were getting into?  Do we?
  5. Think back to Jesus’s face as he looked at the disciples – is that someone you have a relationship with?  Is he distant from you?

Application Questions

  1. What temptations are you facing now?  How can Jesus help you make it through?  Do you think he can relate to your temptations?
  2. Are you following Jesus?  Is something holding you back?
  3. What do you need to be healed from?
  4. Is your view of Jesus being challenged?  Think about the face of Jesus -how does that affect you?

Bonus/Deeper Study

  1. Watch the video again.
  2. Find the scriptures that Jesus quoted.
  3. Find the passages in the bible where the disciples are mentioned – learn about who they were.
  4. Read the same account in the different gospels (if you can find it)
  5. Picture yourself like those disciples – what would it have been like?  Can you imagine leaving everything to follow Jesus?

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