Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Son of David, Son of Abraham (Matthew 1)

  • Talk about your best memory of your grandparents (or some older relative).  What is a positive thing (tradition, character trait, etc.)  that has been passed to you from previous generations of your family?
  • Why do you think some people are so proud of their family's heritage?  Why do you think some people aren't as proud of it?
  • As a group, read Matthew 1:1-17.  Which names in this list stand out?  What are some of the stories that come to mind as you think about these people?
  • Which of the characters in this list had a questionable past?  Talk about the darker side of some of these people.  Most of us aren't willing to talk about the "dirty laundry" in our family's past.  Why do you thnk God wanted these people included in this list?
  • Read Genesis 12:1-3.  How is Jesus the fulfillment of this promise?
  • The list of names in Matthew 1 begins with Abraham.  Look at how many generations passed before God fulfilled his promise to Abraham.  How does this list of names illustrate God's faithfulness?
  • Why is it so hard to wait on God sometimes?  When have you been forced to be patient because circumstances weren't what you wanted?  How did God work?  or are you still waiting?
  • What is an issue in your life right now that you need patience in dealing with?  How can the group help or pray for you in this?

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