April 14, 2024

Assigned Scripture

Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?[a]

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[b] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Group Response

Following the weekly gathering, you’re invited to respond to the service by engaging in group discussion.


Through studying the calling of Matthew and the later interaction between Jesus and the Pharisees, we are reminded about how true holiness will inevitably move us to love people by considering the irradiating compassionate and transformational power of Jesus’ holiness. So, the sermon is an invitation to consider our own hearts by checking them through the light of how we treat others. Jesus teaches that our walk with God and the way I treat my neighbor are intimately connected.   

Discussion Questions

1. What stands out the most for you, about the fact that Jesus saw Matthew as a man, a sinner, as a disciple and as an Apostle?

2. What’s the difference between loving people and tolerating sin?

3. How can we love people while we struggle with the choices they make?

4.  In what ways Jesus’s holiness was transformative? How come His holiness changed others instead of Him being contaminated? (defiled?)

5. What are some modern labels, tags, stickers we can see people through, and how can these affect the way we treat each person?

6. What can be something we try to protect in our context that can make us forget about showing mercy to people?

7. What “kind of people” do you think College Wesleyan Church will struggle the most to show mercy to?

8. Do you prefer Salsa Roja or Salsa Verde with your tacos? 🙂