The Rich Young Man

In Matthew 19:16, a man asks Jesus, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

The most obvious problem with this question is the assumption that we can earn eternal life. When Jesus answers the young man, he goes away sad. For the rest of us, Jesus’ answer clearly illustrates that God doesn’t want religion — He wants relationship.

Sermon preached on July 4, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • The man referred to Jesus as Teacher. What does this reference say about his view of who Jesus was?
  • What is wrong with his question? What is right about his question?
  • Verse 25 says the disciples were “astonished.” What do you think of the disciples’ reply to Jesus?
  • “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” What is your response to this statement? Why did He say this? How does this fit into our modern day circumstances? (i.e., salvation depends on the action of God, not the achievements of mankind).
  • Verse 26 seems to be the pinnacle of the passage. What specifically is Jesus saying is possible?
  • In the closing of this passage Jesus talks about the blessing coming to those who have sacrificed earthly treasures for following Him. What personal sacrifices have you made or are making to advance the Kingdom of God? What might be something God has placed on your heart to help grow His Kingdom?

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