The God Who Is With Us
Passage: Matthew 28:16–28:20
Referencing the Prophet Isaiah, an angel told Joseph that Mary's child was "from the Holy Spirit" and therefore he should be called "Immanuel," meaning "God with us." Matthew's Gospel unfolds the life of this Immanuel as he lives, teaches, heals, dies, and rises again to reveal God and save his people. Before returning to his Father, Jesus commands his disciples to go into all nations and make more disciples by baptizing and teaching them to obey what Jesus has commanded. Some of his last words to them were, "And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." He remains Immanuel, even as we fulfill his commission and await his return.
1. What part of the text or sermon had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?
2. Share a time you felt alone. How does the presence of someone else make a difference during these times?
3. The various passages in this series show us both the blessings and the authority of Christ. Why is it important to keep both of these in mind?
4. When did you first become a disciple of Christ? Who did the Lord use to tell you about Jesus?
5. Matthew 1 and 2 present a host of names and titles for the book's main character: Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham (1:1), Jesus (1:21), Immanuel (1:23), King of the Jews (2:2), shepherd of Israel (2:6). Discuss the significance of these different titles.
Monday - Revelation 1:1-8
Tuesday - Revelation 1:9-20
Wednesday - Revelation 2:1-17
Thursday - Revelation 2:18-3:6
Friday - Revelation 3:7-22
Saturday - Revelation 4:1-11
Sunday - Revelation 5:1-14