What’s the best party you’ve been to? What made it awesome? Alternate Question: Have you ever been to a party where you immediately felt you didn’t “fit in”?
Does it strike you as odd that Jesus frequents parties? Is this justification for you (as a Christian) to party it up? Why? Why not?
How do you think the disciples reacted when Jesus added Levi/Matthew to the team?
What do we know about tax collectors in Jesus’ day? What’s the general attitude towards tax collectors? [Check Resource]
Why do you think Jesus chose Levi/Matthew?
Why did Levi/Matthew so easily and willingly “leave everything” to follow Jesus?
What was he giving up? What do you think it cost him to forsake his old lifestyle?
What’s the most difficult thing you’ve personally had to “give up” in order to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Who were the guests at Matthew’s party? (Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-12). Who would those guests be today?
Why did the Pharisees have a problem with Jesus’ hanging out with this new entourage? What’s the real issue here?
What did Jesus mean in verse 31 when He said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Does this imply that Jesus doesn’t care about believers? Explain.
Who are the, “tax collectors” in your life, and how might you “party” with them in a manner that exemplifies the love of Jesus Christ?
EXTRARESOURCE: "Who's Your Tax Guy?"