Weekly Meet-Up RESOURCES

DATE: Sunday, September 23, 2018

FERVENT CHURCH – Voorhees, NJ

Preached by Pastor Mike Rosado

 

Series: The Pharside (Pronounced ‘Far-Side’)

An Attack on Religious Attitudes

 

SERMON TITLE: Sitting with Sinners

 

MEETUP WEEK #4 Format: OUT (SERVE)

 

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:

Tonight’s DMC is designed to be a night that your group serves the community by going OUT, as well as focusing on getting to know one another better in the process.  In addition, your group has the opportunity to invite others to join your group.  You may take this opportunity to go out to a local service project or join with those in the community, outside of your group in some capacity.

 

Included this week are some questions to help start the conversation, if you don’t already have a focus or activity.  In addition, there is a review of the sermon along with some additional Meet-Up Questions to consider.

 

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: As you examine what bothers you, be bothered by what bothers God.

 

PHARISEE: A political, social, and religious group that were “separate” due to their belief in the law.

 

4 QUESTION-TYPES:

Question #1 (ICE BREAKERS):

  • Describe a pet-peeve that you have in social settings, like a restaurant, while driving, grocery store, or even in a parking lot (this is meant to be a funny or quirky answer).

 

  • Think of a person you can’t stand (Do NOT share who you are thinking about). Picture Jesus having lunch with this person, and describe to the group how you would feel if you saw this.

 

Question #2 (SCRIPTURE):

  • In this week’s passage about Jesus sitting with Sinners, new wine skins, as well as healing a woman with issues of blood, gives much for each of us to identify with and explore. After reading Matthew 9:8 – 25, which are the parts of the scripture passage that stood out to you?  What part is the most encouraging?  What part is the most challenging?

 

Question #3 (GENERAL):

  • Pastor Mike posed the question, “What’s bothering you?” Take a moment to answer this question – what is the thing that really is giving you heart-ache and challenge in your life – deep down at a core level?  You don’t need to share this with the group.  Pastor Mike contends that your answer usually reveals where you are and what you think of God.  Share with the group, how your personal answer reveals where you are and what you think of God

 

  • Pastor Mike indicates that we should always be desperate. Desperation is defined as ‘When you get to the end of yourself and the beginning of your trust in and with God’.  What, in your life, are you desperate for and why are you desperate for this thing?

 

Question #4 (ACTION):

  • This week, how can you become more desperate for God and then channel that into action? What does that look like for you and who will be impacted through your new sense of desperation?

 

BIBLE READING:

Please READ  MATTHEW 9:9  – 25 (ESV)

Jesus Calls Matthew

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10 And as Jesusreclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly[c] the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.

 

THIS WEEK’s SERMON NOTES

DISCLAIMER: This series is not about bashing religious people, it is about finding and bashing out the religious person in you.

 

Q: What’s bothering you?

Q: Does that sit well with you?

 

– Be bothered by what bothers God.

 

Tax Collectors:Jews who betrayed their own people by taking money via taxes, as well as keeping a cut for themselves.

 

Sinners– Jews not abiding by the law (people who know better).

 

Does this sit well with you?

1.) I’m constantly changing.

– Old things stopped working – be open to the new.

– Routine keeps us from seeing and doing the new thing.

 

– If you are not growing or changing, you wont be able to handle the new revelation.

 

– Constantly be changing.

 

2.) I should always be desperate.

– Sinners can grow numb to desperation.

– Even on a good day, we still need a savoir and messiah.

 

– Criticism is contagious.

 

Desperation: When you get to the end of yourself and the beginning of your trust  in and with God.

 

– ‘Fringe of the Garment’ is enough to bring about IMMEDIATE change in your life.

 

– Be DESPERATE!!

 

– Anger is always a secondary emotion, propelled by an underlining cause.