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    ISBN 978-1-4707-1349-2

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  • C o N T E N T S

    Lesson 1: Why did God come as a baby? (Luke 2:1-20) 9

    Lesson 2: Can we really beat temptation? (Matthew 4:1-11) 17 Lesson 3: What does it really mean to follow Jesus? (Matthew 4:18-25) 25

    Lesson 4: How can I tell if Jesus cares enough to act in my situation? (Matthew 9:18-26) 33

    Lesson 5: What does it mean if Jesus really is Gods Son? (Luke 9:18-36) 41 Lesson 6: Why did Jesus tell such confusing stories? (Matthew 13:24-45) 51

    Lesson 7: Was Jesus racist, or sexistor both? (Matthew 15:21-28) 61

    Lesson 8: Whats Jesus got against grown-ups? (Luke 18:15-17) 69

    Lesson 9: What was really going on at Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem? (Luke 19:29-44) 77

    Lesson 10: What if God wants more than I want to give? (Matthew 26:36-55) 87

    Lesson 11: Did God really disown Jesus on the cross? (Matthew 27:32-55) 95

    Lesson 12: Resurrection seems so impossiblehow can I believe in a literal Easter story? (Matthew 27:6228:15) 103

    Lesson 13: How can I know Jesus is really alive today? (Luke 24:36-53) 111

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    Leader PreP


    Why Is Jesus So Radical? Participant Guide as there may be additional material

    provided there that will be helpful to you.


    this lesson. If someone has a question, its better to refer them to the guide than

    to provide the answer yourself. youll help your group become comfortable with

    researching their own questions about the Bible when they are studying alone.


    you can use wooden dowel rods, unsharpened pencils, Tinker Toy stick pieces,

    and so on. Just make sure the objects are of a uniform length.


    G R E E T I N G

    BeHind tHe scenes

    When we meet Jesus in Matthew 4:18, hes left Nazareth for Capernaum, and

    then he continues through Galilee. Verse 23 indicates he taught in synagogues

    and healed every sickness among the people. His ministry wasnt reserved for

    those who had the most teaching. It wasnt reserved for Jews. He reached beyond

    wHy is Jesus so radicaL?

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    the expectations of others as he connected with the Gentiles. People from many

    surrounding areas reached out to him, trusting him to teach and heal (verse 25).

    Jerusalem and Judea were Jewish regions, while Decapolis was primarily Gentiles,

    and Galilee was a region with a mixture of Jews and Gentiles. Jesus attracted and

    ministered to them all. He walked among all classes of people. He healed every

    disease (verse 24). Jesus didnt meet peoples expectations. He exceeded them.

    How does this challenge the social boundaries of life today?


    introduce yourself.


    participant guide.


    through Lesson 3 today, so they can

    find that section in their participant

    guide and use it to prompt them

    through todays lesson.


    the Scenes commentary notes

    throughout the lesson. These can be

    read by participants as they come to

    that section of the lessonor people

    who want to plan ahead can read

    them during the week to be ready

    for the next lesson.

    Then ask:

    Hows your reaction time? Were

    going to find out! Pair up with

    someone and grab a ruler (or other

    object you located beforehand, and

    adjust the instructions accordingly).

    Heres how to test your reaction

    time. one person will sit or stand

    with his or her arm on a flat

    surface. tables work great. the

    arm should be positioned so that

    the wrist extends just beyond the

    edge with the index finger and

    thumb positioned as if theyre

    ready to clamp together and grab

    somethinglike a lobster claw. the

    other person will hold the ruler

    vertically above their partners hand.

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    the end with zero on it should be

    just above your partners finger

    and thumb, but make sure its

    not touching. Without giving any

    other clues, such as eye contact,

    verbal warnings, and so on, the

    person with the ruler will drop it,

    and the partner should catch it as

    soon as possible. Write down the

    centimeter mark on the ruler where

    your finger and thumb clamp onto

    the ruler. (If youre using something

    other than a ruler, just have them write

    the approximate length of the place

    where they clasped the objectno

    need to be exact.)

    theres space on page 23 in your

    participant guide to record your

    results. Repeat it three times, then

    switch so each person gets to test

    his or her reaction time. Make sure

    you introduce yourself to your

    partner, too.

    Allow 5 minutes.

    Get together with another pair, so

    youll form a small group of four,

    introduce yourselves, and share

    what surprisedor didnt surprise

    you about your reaction times. Youll

    have 4 minutes.

    What suprisedor didnt surprise

    you about your reaction time?

    Allow 4 minutes for people to get

    into small groups (they may need to

    move their chairs into smaller circles),

    introduce themselves, and discuss

    this question. Give them a 30 second

    wrap-up alert, and then continue.

    thanks for starting today with a

    challenge. Were going to continue

    the challenge as we grapple with

    questions about responding to

    people as we follow them. So, lets

    get started.

    Youll find a question on page 23

    of your participant guide. Discuss

    this with your small group for the

    next 5 minutes.

    When you have the opportunity to

    lead, what do you expect of those

    who follow you?

    Allow 5 minutes for discussion. Give

    a 30-second wrap-up alert, then invite

    a few people to share their answer

    to the question with the larger group.

    Leader Learning As a leader, you dont have to know (or share)

    all the answers. Learning is a process of

    the learner, and your role as a leader is to

    facilitate that process. Ask questions that

    guide the process. Invite people to explore.

    Give them space to process. Their questions

    and experiences wont match yours, but

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    God knows just where each of themand

    youare and where they need to go next.

    Trust God to reach a multitude of individuals

    with different needs even when theyre all

    together in one room going through the

    same lesson.

    G R o U N D I N GLets get grounded in Gods Word

    so we can understand more about

    what it means to follow Jesus.

    todays Bible account is from

    Matthew 4:18-25. Jesus publicly

    begins his ministry following his

    baptism and time of testing in

    the wilderness. He moves from

    nazareth to Capernaum and begins

    preaching. He then meets the

    people who will become his first

    disciples and begins to heal the sick.

    Lets read Matthews account.

    Read Matthew 4:18-25 aloud, or ask

    for a volunteer from your group to read

    it aloud. Encourage everyone else to

    follow along in their own Bibles or in

    their participant guides.

    Gods Word: Matthew 4:18-25

    18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon

    called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for

    they were fishermen. 19 Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out

    to fish for people. 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

    21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and

    his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their

    nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father

    and followed him.

    23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good

    news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill

    with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those

    having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee,

    the Decapolis,