Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
The Point: Following Jesus takes priority over all other commitments.
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
In December 2018, Fox News published an article titled “2019 trends: 7 lifestyle fads to watch for.” Here are the 7 “weird, whacky trends” they think will gain popularity during 2019:
(1) Mushroom-infused cocktails will be all the rage (alcoholic drinks with mushrooms in them)
(2) Flip phones will make a comeback (these are foldable phones)
(3) More companies will try the 30-hour work week (a four-day work week)
(4) Bite-sized travel will be the new big vacation (instead of one big vacation, lots of smaller weekend trips)
(5) Super-short episodes, or “Quick Bites,” will be the new must-see TV (short episodic tv programs designed to be watched on people’s mobile devices)
(6) Meat-centric diets will go vegan (more veggies, less meat, in our diet)
(7) Workouts will slow down and become low-intensity (high-intensity workouts are losing popularity while slower, concentrated workouts gain popularity)
Say: There are always big, new ideas coming along, clamoring for our attention. Then call attention to Question #1 (When have you found yourself jumping on a bandwagon?) and invite the group to respond.
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Use the following information to supplement Question #3.
When Notre Dame in Paris caught fire on April 15, firefighters battled the blaze for hours. The wooden roof and spire were lost in the fire, but the building stands, and plans are already underway for rebuilding the cathedral. The first fire alarm sounded at 6:20 pm. Inspectors searched, but found no fire and decided it was a false alarm. A second alarm sounded at 6:43 pm. This time the fire was already burning at the base of the spire. Firefighters were called to fight the blaze that was quickly getting out of control. News reports say that it was a computer glitch that caused the 23-minute delay in action. Fire inspectors do not believe the fire was caused by arson. They say it was an accident. But they are examining that 23-minute delay in response to the fire, once it started.
Say: The delay in response is a concern of the fire inspectors, and they are working to understand what caused the delay. Then call attention to Question #3 (What are some excuses we make to delay our obedience to Christ?) and invite the group to respond.
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— Donna McKinney wrote these Leader Extras. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
Study the Bible (Optional Activity)
After discussing Question #5, enlist someone to lead the group in singing the hymn “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” as a final commitment step for this Bible study. Click here for worship video with lyrics
- What are some priorities in your life? What makes these things so important to you?
- What commitments have you most enjoyed over the course of your life? What commitments have you least enjoyed over the course of your life?
- What comes to mind when you hear the word “commitment”?
- What are some comforts we may be called to give up in order to follow Jesus?
- What things might hinder us from following Jesus?
- How would you explain what it means to follow Jesus to someone new to Christianity?
- Why is it often difficult to make following Jesus our top priority?
- What are some actions and attitudes that demonstrate to others that Christ is your number one priority?
- What are some things today that can become distractions to following Jesus?
- How does looking back hinder us from moving forward and following Jesus?
- What promises from God’s Word help you stay focused on following Christ (and not looking back on the past)?
- What practical step do you need to take this week to make following Jesus your priority?
Send the following link to your group members as either a teaser before the group meets or as a follow-up thought:
Here’s a brief video giving you an overview of this session: He Said What? Session 5.