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Enter The Kingdom

Begin with Shopping list game.

The first person says “I went to the market and bought ... (something)” the second person addes to the previous object and one object of his own.

As the round goes many get out because they can not remember the objects in order and remember them all. The winner is the one who remembers everything and still not out. (ideal for a group of atleast 10 people)

Opening Q: Tell us your name and share “Have you ever been a forceful winner?”

Matthew 11:4-20
4 Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
7 As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.
9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 This is the one about whom it is written: "'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
11 I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
15 He who has ears, let him hear.
16 "To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:
17 "'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'
19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.

Who was in prison?

Why did he send a messenger to Jesus?

What is the character of John the baptist?

Why people were attracted to him? (because he was a prophet)

Who is a prophet?

Why prophets are different from preachers / pasters / and godmen (yogis or monks)

What are the areas people want to be forceful (Marriage, dowry, love for girl / boy friend, education, getting job, in queues to get train / cinema tickets etc)

How do you feel when you are forceful to do some thing and win at the end? Share yourself

What are the areas do you feel you are not forceful? What are your weakness in being forceful? (Eg: If you see your school teacher you can not speak forceful) (You cannot say no to your girl freind / father etc)

What kind of people would God choose to do his will?

What did Jesus say about john at verse 11 what is kingdom of heaven?

What kind of people are in the kingdom of heaven?

What does Jesus say about the person who is least in the kingdom of heaven?

What are the areas you should be forceful to enter the kingdom of heaven?

If you become more forceful than the sins (Share specific sins they metioned earlier in the discussion) are, What will happen?


Jesus wants us all to be forceful in

1. Quit all our sins,

2. In doing what is right (like praying, helping people around us, loving others etc)

Decide for your self how forceful are you to do what is good?

We can help you to be forceful through the Bible. Make some time to study the Bible.