Sunday, February 2nd, 2014: Interactions with Jesus Series "Matthew- Changed Life"

Jesus tells the parable of “Two Men who Prayed”:

Pharisee:                                           (Luke 18:9-14)

  • Confident in his own self-righteousness
  • Looked down on everyone else
  • Went to the Temple not to pray, but to announce how great he thought he was
  • Thanked God he was not like all the other sinners
  • Pridefully stated he fasted 2X /week and gave tithes

 

Tax Collector:

  • Went to the Temple to pray
  • Humbly stood at a distance, not looking up to heaven
  • Recognized his own sin and begged God for mercy
  • Went home justified before God!

 “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:14)

 

Watch the “Calling of Matthew” video clip from “The Bible”

 

 

1. Calling to take Action:  “Follow Me!”

Matthew heard the call of Christ, was convicted & took action:

“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Matthew (Levi) sitting at his tax booth.  ‘Follow me,” Jesus said to him and Matthew (Levi) got up, left everything and followed Him.’”     (Luke 5:27-28)

 

  1. Get upimmediate response, took action
  2. Leave everything – left lucrative career; left familiar; he could never go back to his old job; no turning back
  3. Follow Him – Focus on Christ; intentionally followed

 

Q) How does this play out in your life to be a “Christ follower”?

  1. Your start?  ___________________________________
  2. What did you leave?  ___________________________
  3. How are you following?  _________________________

 

2. Sharing your Changed Life: 

                         (Mat. 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17, Luke 5:27-32)

Immediately had large gathering to share Jesus with his friends

Jesus identified with “sinners” more than “self-righteous” folks

Jesus chose Matthew to become one of His 12 Disciples

Matthew used his detailed observation and record keeping skills to become the author of the Gospel of Matthew

 

Q) After becoming a Christian, how have you changed in your:

 

  1. Values  ______________________________________

 

  1. Speech  _____________________________________

 

  1. Behavior  ____________________________________

                                              (2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Cor. 6:9-11)

 

3. Ending Well:

  • Faithful to the end

Martyrdom(60 A.D.): Matthew was arrested for preaching the Gospel in Ethiopia & speared to death (Historical sources)

 

Q) How would you envision ending well as a Christ follower? Check what you will intentionally do this week:

 

___ Sharing my faith on the job & with friends

___ Worshipping weekly with others

___ Reading to hear God’s instruction to me

___ Praying & interceding for others daily

___ Mentoring a younger person / group in our faith

___ Giving finances to the other’s needs and vision

___ Serving weekly on a team - in my giftedness