THE BIG IDEA:
Jesus is a good God who is worthy of my trust and obedience.
We want to make our own decisions about what truth is, and we reject Christ’s authority over us. We may hear Jesus’ words, but we don’t always act on them.
Because Jesus is a good God with ultimate authority in our world and lives, I can surrender to him and follow his teachings in the power of his Spirit.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TOPIC:
The goal of this study is not to drive deep into this particular parable; the goal is to help the students understand Christ’s authority as God. Because Christ is God, his teaching is truth and has power that no other teaching has. Use this particular parable to bring that point home. Because Jesus is God, He is the most firm foundation we could ever build on.
When climbing, you have to step out and trust your climbing instructor, even when it seems scary. In the same way, trusting Jesus’ teaching requires more than just agreeing with him in our minds. Trusting him involves following him with our actions by faith. Sometimes it’s scary.
- What I want the group to know and understand: Because Jesus is God, his teaching is truth, is our ultimate authority, and has power to change our lives based on how we respond to it.
- What I want the group to experience: Excitement that God would speak to us through Jesus Christ and that we can hear and act on his words to build a solid foundation for life’s fiercest storms.
- How I want the group to respond to Christ: By recognizing his goodness, surrendering to him, and acting on his words in the power of his Spirit.
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If you had to go through a flood, hurricane, tornado, or earthquake, which would you choose and why?
Read Matthew 7:24-27
1. This passage talks about weathering the storms of life. What analogy does Jesus use?
He compares a wise person who hears and acts on his words with a person who builds a house on a rock foundation. He compares a foolish person who hears but doesn’t act on his words with a person who builds a house on a sand foundation.
2. What is the difference between the two houses?
One house stands, and the other house falls when the storm hits.
3. What point is Jesus making with this analogy?
It’s not enough to hear God’s word. It’s important to hear it and put it into practice in order to weather life’s storms.
4. Jesus refers to “these words of mine.” What is so great about Jesus that his teaching gives us such a strong foundation in life?
He is God, so he knows everything. While human teachers could be wrong about things, God knows everything and is completely wise, so his teaching is always true. He also created us, so he knows what is best for our lives.
5. From studying Jesus’ life, we can know that Jesus is loving, good, and powerful. How could knowing those things about Jesus help you trust his teaching more?
If I know that he loves me, I can trust that he genuinely wants what’s best for me. If I know he’s good, I can trust that his teachings will be good. If I know that he is powerful, I can trust that he can help me overcome the problems in my life. Those qualities make him a more reliable teacher than a selfish, bad, weak teacher.
6. Whose advice do you value and why?
Allow the group to discuss. Some students may mention their parents and how they value their advice because they know of their love. Help your group see the connection between valuing parents’ advice and valuing God’s advice, which is even better because it’s always true, reliable, and from a heart of love.
7. Think about a part of your life where it’s hard to submit to Jesus’ teaching. How does this discussion encourage you to put Jesus’ words into practice in this area
Allow the group to discuss. Help your group see that it’s easier to put Jesus’ words into practice in any area when we realize his teaching is always true, reliable, and from a heart of love.
8. You can’t follow Jesus’ teaching if you don’t know what it is. What can you do this week to understand more of Jesus’ teachings?
Let them discuss, but lead them toward their need to read Jesus’ teachings for themselves. Encourage them to read Matthew 5-7 this week and write down a few observations or questions to discuss next week.
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