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Small Group Notes: February 28

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Getting Started:

 

Digging In:  Read all of Matthew 25.

Our study will be a bit different that normal this week, looking at the main themes of these three parables. You probably will not have time in your group to dig too deeply into any one aspect.

 

Parable 1- Matthew 25:1-13

  1. As you read this parable, what are some of details that jump out at you?
  2. If you were to summarize this parable in a sentence or a phrase, what would it be?
  3. Jesus delivered this parable to a very different culture than ours. What example might you use to communicate this message to your family or your neighbor?

 

Parable 2- Matthew 25:14-30

  1. As you read this parable, what are some of the details that jump out at you?
  2. What is the main message of this parable?
  3. What parts of this message is a challenge for people? Why is it such a challenge to talk about money?

 

Parable 3- Matthew 25:31-46

  1. As you read this parable, what are some of the details that jump out at you?
  2. Jesus repeated several details to both groups. What were they?  Why would ne do that?
  3. What is the main message of this parable?
  4. A stress of parable 2 is to view ourselves as stewards of God’s resources. A stress of parable 3 is that we would actually DO something for those in need: Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, cloth the naked, care for the sick and visit those in prison. Have you ever done these activities?  Share your experiences.
  5. vs. 45 states that “whatever you did for the least of these you did for me”. Do you think of your help for the needy as really doing it TO Jesus, not just FOR Jesus?

 

Pray for one another to live in the reality of these 3 parables.  Perhaps now would be a good time to be planning a way to be involved in the lives of the hungry, thirsty and those needing clothing.  If you need ideas, check out Bridgelink.

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