Bible Study: The Harvest is Plentiful…

 

Bible Study Questions – Matthew 9:35-38

Look at Matthew 4:23. How does it compare to Matthew 9:35 and what does this tell you about Christ’s ministry here on earth?

How is Matthew 28:19-20 similar to Matthew 9:35? What conclusion(s) are we to draw from this?

What 3 methods did Jesus use to do His ministry according to verse 35? How can we do the same?

What 3 phrases, in verse 36, are used to describe the crowds? In what ways do these phrases describe lost people in Bellingham, Seattle and the world today?

The more accurate interpretation of splagchnízomai is that Jesus not only saw and sympathized with their suffering, but that he experienced it emotionally within himself as well. Name a time when you had a similar feeling.

What do you think harassed and helpless meant in the context of verse 36?

What do you see when you look at your neighborhood, the city, and the world you live in?

What more can you do about what you see in the world around you?

Describe a shepherd in the context of verse 36. Why is it important to have a spiritual shepherd?

Can anyone be a spiritual shepherd? Why or why not

How is being a Christian like being a farmer?

Who are the laborers Christ is speaking of in verses 37-38?

Explain why the harvest is plentiful in this context. Why are the laborers few?

Who suffers when we choose not to serve as laborers in God’s harvest? Jeremiah 2:12-13; Hosea 7:1, 13, 13:9

Read Ezekiel 34:1-16. What are the parallels to this passage in Jesus’ ministry? How is it the responsibility of the leader to feed the sheep?

This passage tells us that the biggest barrier to what God has called us to be is not how the people will respond to us; rather, it is finding those who will go! What are your thoughts on this?

Read Philippians 2:1-8. Why is it so hard to not merely look to your own interests?

What does prayer have to do in finding laborers? Won’t God do this without prayer?

What is the greatest lesson you have learned about yourself after studying Matthew 9:35-38?

(Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org.)

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