Are you surprised at Jesus’ response to the disciples’ reaction against the woman who anointed him? What response might you have thought him to make?
Do you think the disciples understood what it meant for Jesus to have his blood shed for them? How do you understand his shedding of blood for you and more specifically, your salvation?
How do you think you would have responded to those arresting Jesus if you were one of his disciples in the garden? In what ways do we react in the same way as these disciples when our own faith in Jesus is tested or challenged?
How does Jesus’ response to his accusers compare to how we respond to someone accusing us, especially someone who accuses us falsely? What can you or should you change in your own life as a result of Jesus’ example?
If you had been a casual observer of Jesus’ crucifixion and heard all of the things that happened when he died, how do you think you would have been impacted?
Why is the message of the centurion at the cross so crucial to Matthew’s message?
What did the women come to the tomb to find? Do you think the women were afraid? What reason would Jesus have to tell them not to be afraid?
What are ways you are going about making disciples? How can you make doing so more a priority in your day-to-day life?
What reasons might someone give for your faith?
In what ways is the good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ power for salvation in your life?
What does it mean to live by faith? Does this describe your life? How can you do this better?
When you had a time in your life where you had to repent, what brought you to that moment? How much did God’s kindness move you to repentance? Why is his kindness important to moments of repentance in your life?
Paul writes that it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous, but those who are doers of the law. What does “doing the law” look like for us today in 2021?
Prayer for the week: “Lord, may we be always seeking to make disciples.”
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