Matthew Bible Study Lesson Four
For use in Sunday School, Small Groups or to supplement your weekly reading
Chapter seven finishes with these words, “the crowds were astonished at this teaching…” Chapter eight begins with these words, “When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him…” And so begins Jesus’ earthly ministry. This ministry it seems will be one of healing: a leper, a centurion’s daughter, Peter’s mother-in-law, the disciples fear and even the casting out of demons. Bishop John Hurst Adams of the AME Church preached his translation of Matthew 8:10 at my ordination saying, “Never has such been seen!”
How is spiritual healing and physical healing related? Can you have one without the other?
Read Matthew 8:28-34
There is a personal and communal cost to all kinds of healing. In this passage of scripture we read of the Gadarene Demoniacs.
With the demons cast out of these two who lived among the tombs how might the community relate to them moving forward?
Why did the city want Jesus to leave?
What is the personal/communal cost to healing?
In Matthew 9-10 how many different ways are people healed?
Do you have to ask for healing or can someone do it on your behalf?
Can you demand healing? Can you grab healing?
Read Matthew 9:9
Matthew’s call is captured in two sentences. Matthew’s reply to the call is not put into words but actions. Dietrich Bonheoffer in his book The Cost of Discipleship defines this response as “spontaneous obedience.”
How would you define “spontaneous obedience” as it relates to Matthew’s response?
Share a time when you feel like you responded obediently and spontaneously.
If you have time
Chapter 10 deals with commissioning and sending of the disciples.
According to chapter ten what are the responsibilities and duties of a disciple?
How is a disciple to relate to Jesus?
Chapter 11 deals with how Jesus relates to the community.
What are some of the points of contention between Jesus’ message and communities?