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-The Most Interesting Genealogy in the World-

Icebreaker:

Have you ever researched your family tree/ancestry? If so, what remarkable or surprising things did you discover in that process?

Discussion:

  • 1. Read Matthew 1:3 and Genesis 38:13-30 The story of Tamar is pretty wild. Why do you think Matthew includes her name in this list of Jesus’ ancestors?

2. Read Matthew 1:5; Joshua 2:1-21; Romans 4:4-5

  • What do you find to be remarkable about Rahab in this story?
  • What does this story teach us about faith being more important than works when it comes to gaining God’s favor?

3. Read Matthew 1:6; II Samuel 11:1-27.

  • Of all the stories of David, Matthew chose the most sordid and humiliating one.
  • Why do you think that was?
  • What can we learn from this story about keeping our guard up against sin and temptation?

4. Read Matthew 11:19. Jesus earned the nickname ‘a friend of sinners.’

  • Why is it that church people today are often thought of as the enemies of sinners?
  • Discuss how a person walks the line between living a holy/godly lifestyle and yet loving and hanging out with sinners?

Application:

Does your heart break for people who are far from God?

Begin praying for someone who is far from God and come up with a plan for how you might befriend that person and help guide him/her into a relationship with Jesus.

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