Dining with Sinners

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan; Sydney could not stream because of technical difficulties)
Preached by Christian Lee on May 10, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 59 minutes (audio)

Preached at NP Hongdae


Discussion Questions


    Let Us Dine Together

  1. Read aloud Matthew 9:9-13 together. For Matthew the tax booth symbolized the old, self-consumed life that Matthew used to live. What are the tax booths that you’ve left behind or need to leave behind in order to wholeheartedly follow Jesus?
  2. In the Jewish culture, dining carried implications of acceptance and intimacy. After Jesus calls Matthew, Jesus dines with tax collectors and sinners. If you grew up in church, who are the modern day tax collectors and sinners according to the church context you grew up in (whether Western, Korean, or other)? If you did not grow up in church, who would be considered the tax collectors and sinners according to the social status you grew up in?
  3. If you were honest, who are the tax collectors and sinners that you would find difficulty dining with today if they began streaming into the church?

    I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice

  5. This item is not for the purpose of discussion but to simply read aloud together. Read Revelation 3:20. Is there anyone in the group that is struggling with a sin pattern or shame that is making you feel distant from Christ and the church? If so, be sure to share with your CG or familia leader after the meeting. Pastors Christian and Erin give authority to these leaders to manifest Christ’s heart as revealed in Rev 3:20. Remember, he accepts you as you are. And because he’s also the doctor, he is more than willing to heal you as you open the door and let him in.
  6. In your own words, what did Jesus mean by the Hosea 6:6 verse? “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.”
  7. It is the sick who need a doctor. Are there any areas of your life in which you know you are struggling/sick but are having a hard time acknowledging your struggle or need for help/healing?

    Leaning Toward the Pharisees

  9. In Matthew 9:11, the Pharisees lean over and essentially whisper to Christ’s disciples, “This is appalling! What in the world is Jesus doing?” What are the ways in which you inadvertently lean toward the voice of the Pharisees? How do you think unchurched newcomers or “sinners” may feel toward any Pharisaic vibes you may give off?


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