What Must I Do?

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Series: Not a Fan
Sermon: “What Must I Do?”
Scripture: Matthew 19: 16-24
Speaker: Pastor Diane Mendelson

Scripture and questions for study and reflection:

Read Matthew 19:16-26.

1. In today’s passage, the rich young man asks Jesus, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to inherit eternal life?” How does this question show us that the rich young man simply did not understand Jesus’ teachings? How was his question indicative of a “works righteousness” theology?

2. Jesus gave the rich young man instructions on what he needed to do: “sell all your possessions, give to the poor and follow me.” Do you think Jesus was concerned about the rich young man’s money, or his commitment to follow? What does this mean for you?

3. Jesus tells his disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” What does Jesus mean by this? Is money the only thing that can hold us back? What else might hold us back?

4. Hearing this about camels and needles, the disciples ask, “Who then can be saved?” How does Jesus answer them? What does this mean for us?

5. In the case of the rich young man, the problem was not so much that he had money, but that his money had him. What has you? What is Jesus asking you to let go of in order to follow him more completely?

6. What does it mean for the kingdom of God to be both a present and a future reality? How can you experience the kingdom of God here and now?

Prayer for the Week:

Jesus, I love you so much and I invite you to be the Lord of my life. Grant me the wisdom to discern your will for my life and the courage to follow your leading. I surrender my life to you anew this day, and I willingly take up my cross to follow you. These are easy words to speak in the safety of this place, but much harder to do out in the world. Help me to be your good and faithful servant. Help me to be a completely committed follower of Jesus, going out into the world to make new followers and transform the world. I pray this in your most precious name Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and to the glory of God Almighty. Amen.