On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 11:1-19. This message was part 1 in the “First Responders” sermon series. Below are a set of questions related to the message for further reflection or group discussion.
- Read Matthew 11:1-19
- Think about who John the Baptist was . . . what he had seen . . . and what his CURRENT context was (context in Matthew 11 – see also Matt 14:1-12). Knowing these things, why do you think he was concerned that Jesus might not be “the One?”
- Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone close to you) had their convictions shaken by difficult circumstances?
- Jesus grounds His response to John’s disciples in concrete reality: what they could see. By observing the person of Christ, their faith would be encouraged. In the message we talked about 3 ways to refocus our convictions: by looking back to the person of Jesus Christ, by looking around at the testimony of others, and by looking into God’s Word more deeply. In what ways has YOUR faith been encouraged by these things? What do you need to focus on more today to keep the faith in the midst of challenging circumstances?
- Jesus stands up for John, even as John asked a hard question. How does this encourage you to seek answers to the hard questions in your life?
- What is one particular application you took away from this message?
To access these questions in pdf format, click here.