Lost Sheep of Israel: Discussion Questions for Teen Missions Lessons, Day Three, God's Sheep

Wednesday:Lost Sheep of Israel
Bible Lesson: Stolen Sheep: Saul and the Spoils
Missions Concepts: Missionaries can and should take the Good News to anyone.
Missions Examples: Jeff Kran
Bible Passages: Matthew 15:21-28, Romans 9-11 (especially 9:8, 15, 27, and 32; 10:1-3 and 8-15; 11:1-6, 13-14, 19-21, 23, and 25-27), Galatians 2:11-5:12, Acts 1:8, Acts 15, Romans 3
  1. What did Jesus mean when he said he was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Mat. 15:24)? Does this mean Gentiles cannot be saved?
  2. Why does the Bible compare people to sheep? What is similar about them?
  3. How does a missionary find people who need to know about Jesus? How can he tell which people need to hear the good news?
  4. In the early days of the church, most of the people in the church were Jews. Today, most of the people in the church are Gentiles. How and why do you suppose this could have changed?
  5. What kind of impact can a people's cultural background have on how a missionary might need to present the good news to them?
  6. One of the ten commandments is to keep the Sabbath day holy. Why doesn't the Christian church observe this?
  7. If they still need to hear the good news, does knowledge of the Old Testament give the Jews any advantage at all?
If you need hints to answer some of the questions, look up the listed scripture passages.

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