"Authority of Jesus over the Disciples" (Pt. 1) -Matt. 10:24-42

This Week’s Core Practice:  Single-mindedness I focus on God and His priorities for my life.

Matthew 6:31-34  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  

Scripture: Matthew 10:24-42

 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they malign those of his household. “So, have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.  Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Introductory Thoughts:

    Salvation is a free gift of God. It comes to us through faith in His Son Jesus, who did everything necessary to accomplish our forgiveness and reconciliation with the Father. We can add nothing to this transaction; our job is simply to believe. But from that point on, each one of us must make a choice: Will we follow Jesus or just coast along, doing what we want? If we limit our Christianity to merely sitting in a pew on Sunday mornings, we’ll miss the greatest adventure of our life. Being a disciple of Christ requires that we be actively engaged in our relationship with Him and in service to others. Jesus never painted a rosy picture when He called people to follow Him. He stated quite plainly that becoming His follower would require self-denial, sacrifice, and suffering. With this kind of job description, it’s no wonder so many believers have tried to make Christianity a spectator sport. Following Jesus means that He directs our life—that’s what dying to self is all about. We give up our rights to do what we want and instead submit to His will, even if it is difficult or doesn’t align with our preferences. If you don’t realize how good, loving, and wise our God is, walking in His will may seem scary or even foolish. But those who deny themselves to follow Jesus discover they lose nothing and gain everything. Even when His disciples are in a season of pain and suffering, the Lord gives them inner peace and a joy that transcends circumstances. Are you following Jesus or yourself? Your lifestyle, words, and attitudes reveal who truly rules your life.      From In Touch Ministries

Personal Reflection:  

Use the following questions to help review the application of God’s Word to our Head (What does God want me to know?), to our Heart (What does God want me to desire/value?), and to our Hands (What does God want me to do?)

  • Looking back at Andy’s message, is there anything that especially resonated or challenged you?

  • Read Matthew 10:32-33. Why is it important to boldly tell others about Jesus?

  • It was foretold that the Messiah would bring peace (see Isaiah 9:6-7 and Micah 4:3-4). But in Matthew 10:34-36, Jesus said He didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword. How do you reconcile Jesus’ statement with these prophecies of the Messiah?

  • What is the cost of being a disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ (vv. 37-39)? (See also Luke 14:25–33.)

  • In Matthew 10:34-36 Jesus corrects a false assumption the Apostles had about why He came. What was that assumption and what does Jesus tell them to expect instead?

  • In Matthew 10:37-39, what are Jesus’ explicit conditions for true disciples? For additional clarity, see Luke’s parallel account in Luke 14:25-33).

  • Jesus talks in Matthew 10:37-38 of being worthy of Him. According to Colossians 1:9-14, and Philippians 1:27-30 what are some evidences of a life worthy of Him?

  • Though Christians today are not apostles, how are our responsibilities similar? How are they different?

  • Why do those who fear God need not fear people?

  • What does it mean to “confess” Christ?

  • Jesus’ ambassadors are to be blessings to other people. Have you been a blessing this week? Has someone been a blessing to you? (Share experiences.)”