The Best is Yet to Come
Not Like You
Last week, we learned to drop the stones and pick up a towel. This week, we learned that Living Beyond You means loving people not like you. Can you imagine saying to someone you love, “I love you, I just don’t want to do anything for you?” That immediately communicates that we don’t actually love that person, because love requires action, not just affection. The story of Jesus healing the Leper shows us how to live and serve like Jesus. Let’s dive in!
1. ICE BREAKER: What “grosses you out?” Maybe it’s mayonnaise… or the word “moist.” What’s yours?
2. Read Matthew 8:1-4. Jesus has just finished His Sermon on the Mount, and is walking back down the mountain when someone stops Him… Who is it that stopped Him and why was this such a big deal?
Matthew 8:1-4 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
3. The leper was there because he knew Jesus could heal him, but he doubted Jesus’ willingness to do so. He said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” What about you? Do you ever doubt Jesus’s ability OR willingness to help you through hard times? If so, how?
4. Jesus said Christians, people who follow Him, are the “light of the world.” If you are a Christian, do people know they can come to you to find hope in their hard times? Or, like this leper doubted Jesus, would they doubt your willingness to help? Why or why not?
5. The speaker said, “Love that is not willing to sacrifice for others is no love at all.” Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? If you agree, is this the kind of love you show to your family, your co-workers, your friends, and those in need?
6. Read Matthew 25:35-36, 40. The pastor said Sunday, “How you treat the mistreated reveals your heart.” How can you be a “cold glass of water” kind of person by bringing hope to people who need it?
Matthew 25:35-36, 40 For I [Jesus] was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
The King [Jesus] will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
7. The pastor said that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” How can you let the people in your life know that you care, especially those you have possibly ignored, mistreated or simply looked over in the past?
This weekend, we have an opportunity to be “cold glass of water” kind of people. Sure, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and you could be at the lake or with family on Saturday… but consider what it might look like to sacrifice and serve other people who are in need. Saturday, we are serving in several places as a church to saturate our communities with hope! What project will your LifeGroup adopt this weekend?
CHANGING YOUR MIND
Matthew 25:40b I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!