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Session 1

Following Jesus Is Radical

Read: Matthew 9:9-13, Matthew 19:16-26



Throughout the Bible, Jesus asked people to follow Him using the simple phrase, “Come, follow me.” This was a radical invitation. Following Jesus meant giving up everything you owned and leaving it behind to embrace the unknown.

In Matthew 9, Jesus meets a tax collector named Matthew. As a tax collector, Matthew’s life was all about money. Yet when Jesus called Matthew, Matthew sold all he had and followed Jesus. As a result of Matthew’s faith, he became one of Jesus’ closest friends. Matthew walked with Jesus daily, seeing miracles performed and lives changed.

In Matthew 19, a rich man comes to Jesus seeking eternal life. Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” Jesus gave the rich man the same invitation as Matthew, but the rich man went away sad because he wasn’t willing to trade his life for the life God had planned for him.

Jesus gives us the same radical invitation He gave to His disciples. He calls us to submit every aspect of our lives, including our finances, to God. Do you trust Him enough to follow?

Think About:
1.  Have you ever made the decision to follow Jesus?
2. What area of your finances is God calling you to surrender to Him?
3. What is one way you can follow God’s will for your life today?

Pray:
Dear Jesus, give me the courage to follow You wherever You lead.


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Following Jesus Is Radical

Following Jesus Is Radical

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2

Everything Belongs to Jesus

Everything Belongs to Jesus

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3

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

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4

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

Jesus Says We Should Tithe

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5

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

God Doesn’t Need Our Money

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6

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

Money Doesn’t Save Us. Jesus Does.

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7

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

Jesus Alone Satisfies Our Souls

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8

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

Everyone Can Afford to Tithe

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9

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

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10

We All Need Help Sometimes

We All Need Help Sometimes

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11

Know Where Your Money Goes

Know Where Your Money Goes

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12

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

How To Distinguish Wants From Needs

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13

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

You Can’t Love Both God and Money

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14

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

God Wants You To Be Debt-Free

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15

Debt Is a Choice

Debt Is a Choice

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16

Broke People Can’t Bless People

Broke People Can’t Bless People

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17

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

Better Planning Leads To Better Choices

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18

Fund Your Future

Fund Your Future

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19

Every Cent Counts

Every Cent Counts

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20

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard Work Pays Off

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21

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

Faithfulness Now Increases Responsibility Later

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22

Less Is More

Less Is More

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23

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

Giving Is More Fun Than Receiving

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24

Give Your Best

Give Your Best

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25

What Can Destroy You?

What Can Destroy You?

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26

God Never Fails

God Never Fails

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27

Work With Purpose

Work With Purpose

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Do Whatever It Takes

Do Whatever It Takes

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