Are you a fan of soap operas or novels? If so, what kind? Have you ever thought about the fact that the Bible contains so many novels that they could be great soap operas? Give examples.
To share the gospel in a way that people will listen to him, Matthew wrote considering the Jewish culture. How do you think should we share the gospel today, given our culture? Is there a limit to getting into the culture?
Read Psalm 23.1-4. How can we connect God’s providence (sees and acts) and this Psalm?
In verses 18,19, How big and what kind of problems were Joseph and Mary facing?
In verse 20, what were the interventions that God made in the life of Mary and Joseph?
How can we conclude that Jesus was born without sin? How does it matter?
Jesus is Immanuel “God with us”. How is God with us now helping and guiding us?
When God asks for obedience, can you obey, even considering the costs?
Have you been trusting God’s plan for you?
Are you eager to share God’s magnificent province with those living around you?
When was the last time you worked on your resume? What kind of things did you include? Was there anything you purposefully left off???
In Jewish culture, your genealogy was like your resume, people knew a lot about you simply by your last name and your ancestors. What would people know about you from those details? Have you or someone in your family ever worked out your entire family tree?
In what ways does the beginning of Matthew echo the book of Genesis?
How was Jesus the fulfillment of God’s covenant to David in 2 Sam. 7:12-17
How was Jesus the fulfillment of God’s covenant to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3
How long did it take for God’s covenants to David and Abraham to be fulfilled? What does that tell us about God? (He always fulfills his promises & He doesn’t operate on our timelines)
The “good stuff” in this genealogy/resume was that there were unlikely people contained within it. What kind of encouragement does that give to us? (It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done & We operate differently as God’s family than the world - no unnecessary divisions)
The life of Jesus begins with a genealogy not “once upon a time”. What is so significant about that?
How does the “reality” of Jesus change you? The “fact” that Jesus is “fact”; how should that change us?