The Story:
Discussing Chapter 24

by Living Springs Community Church on May 28, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 24: No Ordinary Man

Based on Matthew 5, 6, 7, 9; Mark 4–6; Luke 10 and 15; John 6

  • Jesus uses parables to teach
  • Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount
  • Jesus sends His followers out to preach
  • John the Baptizer dies
  • Jesus feeds 5,000 people
  • Jesus proclaims Himself the Bread of Life

Breaking the ice

What is the hardest class you had to take in school? What made it so hard for you?

Digging in

Jesus was no ordinary king. He came to usher in the Kingdom of Heaven. He taught ordinary people extraordinary truths using parables, miracles, and hands-on training. He is still at work today, and we have power in His name.

Reflecting

  1. When Jesus spoke in parables, sometimes even His disciples were unsure what He was trying to teach. Why did Jesus speak in parables? (See pp. 335–336.)
  2. In the parable of the soils, how are believers different from unbelievers? Do you think a “soil type” can be changed?
  3. Jesus tells three parables about something lost being found—the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Compare the responses in these three stories when the lost is found.
  4. Christians believe that Jesus was fully human and fully God. How do you see this in the story of the storm at sea? (p. 343)
  5. What lessons do you learn from Peter’s experience walking on the water? (p. 348–349)

Praying

Pray that something in your daily interactions this week will remind you of one of the stories from this chapter. Pray that you’ll be able to apply something you learned from that story.

 

For next week…

Chapter 25: Jesus, the Son of God

Based on Matthew 17 and 21; Mark 8–12 and 14; Luke 9 and 22; John 7, 8, 11, and 12

  • Jesus begins ministry
  • Jesus teaches at the Mount of Olives
  • Jesus resurrects Lazarus
  • Jesus drives the money changers from the temple
  • Judas betrays Jesus

 

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