July 28, 2019

Matthew 9:35-38

Today, our Mission Partner shared about our opportunity to help people meet Jesus from Matthew 9. Re-read those verses as you consider these questions.

  • In this passage, people that heard Jesus’ teaching are described as “sheep without a shepherd” (v. 36). What does that description indicate about people that don’t know or have never heard the Gospel?
  • What is the problem that humanity cannot solve for themselves? What (or who) is the solution for that problem?
  • Matthew 9:36 says, “When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them…” Compassion is defined as an emotion that is followed by an action. What emotions do you experience that drive you to action?
  • What is the shortage described in Matthew 9:37? What are Christ followers commanded to pray regarding that shortage? Where, in your life, would you ask God to send laborers for the harvest? Are you willing to pray “send me”?

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35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:35-38

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