Home-Activity #1: Kingdom of God Scriptural Passages

Below are a list of Scriptural Passages that help explain further Kingdom of God. It would be better if you already have an answer to the following questions so that when we discuss in class it will be more focused on clarifications. 

The Call Narratives

In reading the scriptural passages below, keep in mind the following passages:

1.) What were the disciples’ previous occupations? 
2.) How did they respond to Jesus’ call? 
3.) Why did they respond in that manner? 
4.) What made Jesus’ style of recruiting disciples different?

Calling of the Fishermen
Matthew 4:18 – 22; Mark 1:16 – 20; John 1:40-42; Luke 5:1-11 

Jesus Calls His First Disciples
Jesus calls Levi: Luke 5:27-32
Jesus calls the twelve: Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:14-19, Luke 6:12-16 
Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael: John 1:43-51 
Judas: John 12:4, 6
Thomas: John 20:26-28 

Jesus’ Words: The Parables

The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mt 13:31-32) & The Parable of the Yeast (Mt 13:33 – 34)

  1. How do the Mustard Seed and Yeast describe the Kingdom of God?
  2. What kind of attitude do the parables promote?
  3. What message is this parable trying to tell us, the participants in the Kingdom of God?

The Parable of the Treasure (Mt. 13: 44) & The Parable of the Great Price (Mt 13: 45 – 46)

  1. What do the treasure and pearl in the parables symbolize?
  2. What kind of attitude does the parable promote?
  3. What message is this parable trying to tell us, the participants in the Kingdom of God?

 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector (Lk 18: 9 – 14)

  1. What were the attitudes that the Pharisee and Tax collector have?
  2. Why would Jesus condemn the Pharisee in the parable?
  3. How should our response to God be like in order for us to enter his Kingdom?

Access this link and answer the following questions:

  1. As you think of your own heart as Jesus’ new kingdom, are there any of these four areas (forgiveness, faith, humility, thankfulness) where you have not allowed Him to freely reign?
  2. Why do you think it’s hard for you to not surrender to Jesus in that area? 

Jesus’ Deeds: Miracles

Healing of two blind men (Mt 20:29-34), the blind Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46-52), the blind beggar (Lk 18:35-43)

  1. On a deeper level, what else could “blindness” mean?
  2. What were the characters “blinded” from?
  3. What did they do to show they had faith in Jesus?

The cleansing of a leper (Mt 8:1-4, Mk 1:4-45, Lk 5:12-16); and the cleansing of ten lepers (Lk 17:11-19).

  1. Aside from the physical illness, what social/spiritual “illness” was being healed?
  2. What did the lepers do to show they had faith in Jesus

The healing of a paralytic (Mt 9: 1-8, Lk 5:17-26)

  1. Aside from being physically immobile, what else could “being paralyzed” mean?
  2. What else could we be paralyzed from?

 

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