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As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. Jesus said to him, “Follow me and be my disciple.” So Matthew got up and followed him.

And it came to pass, Jesus went to Matthew’s house for a meal. Many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners were there to eat with Jesus and his disciples. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. Go and learn what the Scriptures mean when they say, 'Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others.' I didn't come to invite good people to be my followers. I came to invite sinners."

-Matthew 9:9-13

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!

-Luke 15:1-2

people, people.

To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. We’re you a part of the “in” crowd in high school? How did that make you feel? How did you treat people or were you treated?

2. What part of Matthew’s story most resonates with you? Why?

3. Who are you intentionally building a relationship with that is far from God? What steps are you taking to show them the love of Jesus?

4. What next step is Jesus asking you to take as a result of this message?