Week 2 (October 22)
How to live:
Sermon on the Mount
- What can we do as a group other than just meeting in this house during this series? Let’s get some ideas from reading Acts 2:42.
- Have you ever had a DTR? Are you willing to describe that moment?
- What is your definition of a ‘fan’? What people or things are you a fan of and why?
1 :an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art) usually as a spectator
2 :an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit)
- The sermon on the mount is for followers, not fans. However, in Matthew 5:1 the crowd is made up of fans and those seeking to be disciples or who have already decided. What is the difference between a fan and a follower?
- All disciples must start out as a fan. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
- A possible definition of a follower could have been given by Morpheus in the movie The Matrix, “Sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” What do you think about this definition as it relates to the life as a follower of Jesus.
- To a crowd, Jesus defines a follower in John 6 (Amplified Bible), “28 They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?] 29 Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].
- Imagine that Jesus is sitting you down right now attempting to have a DTR. At this point in your faith journey are you a ‘fan’ or a ‘follower’? How can we be patient with each other in our differences as a mixture of fans and followers?
- This week read Matthew 5-7 and take notes. It’s go time!