For reflection/ discussion: What do most people ground their identity in? If you were to be honest, what is your personal identity based on? Your job, your family, your place in the world? How would you answer the question- Who Are You?
A fraud, a madman...or God incarnate? No person in history has provoked such widely divergent assessments as Jesus of Nazareth. Some say He was a cunning fraud, while others say He must have been out of His mind. In many cases His story is altered to suit the fancies of those seeking to make Him an ally for a host of militant causes. However, as Dr. R. C. Sproul points out in this Crucial Questions booklet, there is compelling evidence that Jesus was something more — that He was, in fact, God in the flesh. By wrestling with the biblical titles for Jesus and the accounts of His life and ministry, Dr. Sproul unfolds the scriptural portrait of Jesus, the Son of God.
For reflection/discussion: Name a role model you had when you were young. What made you want to be like that person? What attracted you to that person? Who is your role model today? Are you a role model to someone else? Who is that? As a role model, is imitating Jesus easy or difficult? Why?
For reflection/discussion: Have you ever regretted your words? What feelings surfaced when confronted with Matthew 12:36? Does the idea of a film crew following you around and capturing your every word make you nervous or energized?
For reflection/discussion: Jesus invites us to come until him, (Mt 11:28-30). How is committing to entering into relationship with Jesus easy? How is it difficult? How would you describe your relationship with Jesus today? Jesus invites those who are burdened to come unto him, (Mt. 11:28). What is burdening you right now? How can your growth group support you in this?
On this StoneBridge web page, you'll find resources to help you in your group or individual study of Matthew's Gospel. These resources include (1) a Growth Group Study Guide, (2) two excellent introductory videos from The Bible Project, (3) links to free online Bible commentaries and study materials, and (4) the complete Visual Bible: Gospel of Matthew movie featuring Bruce Marchiano's winsome portrayal of Jesus.