not a fan
2: know about Him or know Him
1/20/19 – MS
Theme verse: Then He [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
“One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume. “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:36-50)
Simon was a fact-filled fan not a fully devoted follower – what about you?
- Would you say you know about God or know God? Do you think it’s possible to really know God? Why or why not?
- What was the difference in the story Todd shared about how Simon approached Jesus versus how the prostitute woman approached Jesus? Why does how we approach Him matter?
- What are some things a person who really wants to know God might do to get to know Him more?
- Have you given Jesus more your heart or your head? How would you want the answer to that question to be different a week from now?
Challenge your group to spend this week in passionate pursuit of knowing Jesus. Have each one commit to some action they will take to pursue knowing Christ more—starting a Bible reading plan, praying each morning, listening to worship music in the place of their regular playlist—not some deed to impress God, but something to grow closer to Him.