Session 1: Know Christ – The Anointed

Break the Ice

What is your favorite vacation? Why?

Bring the Word

Read Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 9:18-20

  • Why would it matter who other people said Jesus was?
  • Of the possibilities listed (John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets) which would you rather see and why?
  • Do you think the people of Jesus’ day would have had similar reasons? Would they have any additional reasons?
  • How does our view of who Christ is affect why we seek him?

Read Luke 5:17-26

  • Was everyone in the crowd there for the same reason? 
  • Is any reason for seeking Jesus not self motivated?
  • Why were the Pharisees and teachers of the law there?
  • Why were the friends there?
  • Why did the paralyzed man come to Jesus?
  • What did the paralyzed receive?
  • What parallels can be drawn to people seeking Jesus today?
  • What made the crowd react the way they did?
  • Is admiring something someone does the same as admiring them? Why or why not?

Bring it Home

Read John 6:60-71

  • What makes a teaching offensive?
  • Was Peter’s faith in who Jesus was or the things Jesus said?
  • How does that differ from the disciples who left?
  • What does it take to accept the hard teachings from Jesus?
  • How can we pray for you?

Begin a Discipline

Prayer: Try setting out a couple extra minutes every day this week to stop and pray on 3 things:

  1. Thank God for your small group.
  2. Pray something specific for your small group.
  3. Pray for someone specific in your small group.

Are you already in the habit of praying daily? Try praying for these at a time that you might not normally think to pray. (on break at work, driving, in the shower, during your workout, etc.)

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