Sermon Small Group Questions

Sermon Small Group Questions

November 27-December 3rd

Ice breaker: Share with you group one high and one low of your Thanksgiving holiday.

Matthew 1:1-17
1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon. 12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15 Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah. 17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

Background info: Genealogies recorded history and reminded Jewish people of God’s sovereignty in arranging marriages and providing offspring (among other reasons). Jewish genealogies usually omitted women, but, Matthew includes four women. Three of these women were Gentiles and the other was at least associated with a Gentile though Matthew omits the four matriarchs prominent in Jewish tradition (Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel). Thus he hints from the Old Testament that God has always planned a mission to all peoples.

What stood out to you from the sermon? Is there anything you want to discuss?
Why was it so important to understand that JESUS is the “son of David” and the “son of Abraham”?
Why do you think GOD included and named these women in JESUS’ family line?
How did each of these women show their faith in the LORD by what they did?
What does it mean to you that God’s promises are trustworthy over the generations?
At what point in your life have you most felt Jesus’ presence?
Is there someone in your family line that you know was/is faithful to pray for you? Was there someone who was significant in your spiritual upbringing?