Community Group Questions for Mathetes - 1/11/15


Weekly Training Tip:

This week's tip is about how to leverage the devotionals in the Rescue 119 booklet with your group. Make sure you take time to talk about it and give the group some time to tell you what is sticking out to them.

Here’s the video:

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  • The Rescue 119 series has begun! Make sure everyone in the group has a Rescue 119 booklet. Not only is it helpful while following along during the week but it also has devotional reading for during the week for this series.
  • Men's Ministry starts back on 2/9 at 7pm. They will be studying Judges for You.
  • Women's Ministry starts back on 2/11 at 10am or 7pm. They will be studying Gideon.

Sermon Title: Rescue 119, Part 1: Mathetes

Main Texts: Matthew 16:21-26, Luke 14:25-33, Matthew 28:19a

Download a Rescue 119 Booklet here.


  • Jesus had many crowds following him. There was a select few that he referred to as “mathetes.” This was a word used commonly at that time to mean “follower.” But it did not mean follower in the sense that we use it today. We have twitter followers. If you were the mathetes of someone you were being trained by them. They were not just a teacher to you. They were more than a mentor or a coach. If you were someone’s mathetes, you were essentially saying, “I want to be you.”
  • Jesus told his mathetes that he would have to suffer and die, but that he would rise again from the dead. Peter couldn’t believe it. He said, “there’s no way that’s going to happen.” Jesus rebuked him in the fiercest way possible. Why?
  • Peter didn’t yet understand that the most pivotal part of Jesus life was that he would suffer and die to save humanity. The most significant thing about Jesus is not his teaching, it’s that he gave his life up as a sacrifice for the world.
  • So then what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? What does it mean to be his mathetes? It means more than simply following Jesus’ teachings. It means patterning our lives after the most prominent thing about his life - his sacrifice!
  • Jesus said, “unless you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me” you cannot be His mathetes.
  • A mathetes is an all or nothing situation.
  • This seems so extreme, but it is what our souls truly long for! We long to give ourselves to something that is worthy of our lives. You don’t start living until you find something worth dying for.
  • Isn’t that for extreme Christians? No this is what basic following Jesus looks like. Following in His footsteps, giving up our lives for Him and for the world.
  • But what if I’m waking up every day just trying to survive? Remember what Jesus said, “come to me all you are weary and heavy laden.” This is how we make it through life. We give it to Jesus.
  • This is what we are called to as a church: to make mathetes. To become people who say, when it comes to Jesus - it’s all or nothing.

Key Questions:

  1. HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?
  2. ICEBREAKER: Who is someone that you find inspiring that is giving or has given their life for something great?
  3. DEVO DISCUSSION: What has jumped out at you so far in the Rescue 119 devotions this week? (unless your group is a Sunday night group)
  4. READ: Matthew 16:21-26
  5. Does anyone remember what a “mathetes” was historically?
    1. [a follower, but more than a mentor or coach situation.]
    2. [a mathetes was saying, “I want to be you.”]
  6. Is it surprising to you that Jesus told his disciples so clearly what was going to happen? Why?
  7. Why do you think that was hard for Peter to grasp?
  8. Why did Jesus rebuke him so sharply?
    1. [Because his suffering, death and resurrection was the single fundamental to what He was on earth to do.]
  9. REREAD: Matthew 16:24
  10. What does Jesus mean by these phrases?
  11. Based on these verses and the devotionals how would you describe a “mathetes” in your own words?
    1. [an all or nothing situation]
  12. Do you think this is what most people think following Jesus is like?
  13. With all that’s happening in your life right now, how does this inspire you?

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