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Holiness, not Hypocrisy

May 14, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Holiness, not Hypocrisy-Matthew 23:1-12

 

Notes:

 

1)      _________________________ – vv1-4.

 

 

 

2)      Pursue spiritual disciplines to ___________, not to ____________________ – v5.

 

 

 

3)      Do not exalt yourself, rather ____________________________________ – vv6-12.

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does hypocrisy hurt others and revile the name of Christ?
  • Contrast what the scribes and Pharisees do in v4 with Christ’s invitation in Matt 11:28-30. 
  • Where are you tempted to exalt yourself?  What does it look like for you to change?

 

Other passages to consider: 

Prov 15:33; Matt 6:1-18; 15:7; 16:5-12; 20:25-28; James 4:6; 1 Pet 5:1-6.

Look to Christ

May 07, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Look to Christ- Matthew 22:34-36

 

Notes:

1)      The _____________________ – vv34-40

 

 

 

 

2)      The _____________ Savior/King – vv41-46

 

 

 

 

DIgging Deeper:

  • What does God command us to do?  Are you able to meet that standard?  What then should you do?
  • How can believers grow in their love for God and others?
  • Why did Jesus ask the Pharisees these questions in vv42-45?  What did He want them to recognize?
  • What is your view of Jesus?  How can you cultivate a more exalted view of Him?

Other passages to consider:

Lev 19:18,34; Deut 6:4-9; 2 Sam 7:12-14; Ps 110:1; Matt 5:16-20; Jn 1:14; 13:34-35; Rom 3:23-25; 5:5; Gal 5:22-23; Col 1:15; Heb 1:1-3.

 

Confident in the Power of God

April 29, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Confident in the Power of God

- Matthew 22:15-33

 

Notes:

Recognize the power of God to…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • In what ways does this text point us to the power of God?
  • Why does 1 Corinthians 1:24 call Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God?
  • How can confidence in the power of God affect your daily life?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1:26; Ex 3:6; Job 19:25-26; Dan 12:2; Mk 10:27; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Cor 1:18-25; 1 Pet 2:13-17.

God's Banquet

April 23, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

God's Banquet- Matthew 22:1-14

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does the banquet represent? 
  • Why do many people today reject the invitation to be saved?  For those who respond, how are they able to do that?

 

Other Passages:

Ps 34:8; Isa 55:1-3; Matt 11:28-30; John 1:12-13; 1 Cor 1:26-31; Eph 1:3-6; Rev 19:6-9; 22:17. 

Raised with Christ

April 15, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Raised with Christ – Romans 6:1-14'

 

Notes:

1)___________________ the new life you have in Christ.

United in Christ’s Death and Resurrection:

  • I am ___________/ no longer ______________.

 

  • I am _______________ and ___________ to God.

 

 

2)______________ the new life you have in Christ.

 

  • _________ yourself dead to sin and alive to God.

 

  • Use your body to _________________.

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does conversion change a person’s relationship to sin and God? 
  • What does it mean to be dead to sin?
  • What should a Christian do when tempted to sin?
  • This past week, how did you use your body to sin?  How could you instead use it to serve God?

Other passages to consider:

Ps 19:14; Jn 8:31-34; Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 1:15-23; 2:1-6; Col 3:1-3; Titus 3:3.

 

Jesus is the Only Way to God

April 01, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Jesus is the Only Way to God – Matthew 21:23-46

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-How is John the Baptist’s authority and message connected to Jesus’s?

-Who were the people of God before Christ came?  After Christ’s death & resurrection, how does one become part of the people of God?

-How did Christ’s rejection become His ultimate victory?

Other passages to consider:

Ps 118:22-24; Isa 5:1-7; Mt 3:1-4; 11:7-19; Acts 4:11; Eph 2:19-22; Heb 1:1-2; 1 Pet 2:4-5. 

Jesus enters Jerusalem

March 25, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Jesus enters Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-22

Notes:

1) The arrival of the promised King who _________________ - vv1-11.

 

2) Replacement of the old temple with the _________________ - vv12-17.

 

3)________________ on the nation of Israel – vv18-22.

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did Jesus intentionally ride into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey?
  • What is the purpose of a temple?  Why was the temple significant to the nation of Israel? 
  • What kind of fruit is Christ seeking from His people today?  How can that fruit be borne in your life?

Other passages to consider:

Ps 118:26; Isa 56:7; Jer 7:11; 8:13; 24:4-9; Zech 9:9; Mt 24; Jn 2:19; Eph 2:19-22; 1 Pet 2:4-5.

God’s Sovereign Grace

March 11, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 God’s Sovereign Grace – Matthew 20:1-16

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-What does the parable teach about the master of the house (God)?

-What is the definition of sovereign grace?  Why should God’s grace humble us?

-Why do many Christians react negatively to the doctrines of election and regeneration?

Other passages to consider:

Deut 24:14-15; Luke 15:20-32; Rom 9:10-18; 2 Cor 8:9; Eph 1:3-6; 1 Tim 1:14-17; Jam 4:6.

Marriage and Divorce

February 25, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Marriage and Divorce – Matthew 19:1-12

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-What is God’s design for marriage?  How is divorce contrary to this design?

-What is incorrect about the Pharisees’ second question (see v7)?

-How can marriage glorify God?  How is singleness an opportunity to bring glory to God?

Other passages to consider:

Gen 1:27; 2:18-25; Deut 24:1-4; Mal 2:16; Matt 5:31-32; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 7:6-16; Eph 5:22-33. 

Forgive as God in Christ Forgave You

February 18, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Forgive as God in Christ Forgave You

 Matthew 18:21-35

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Describe how God has forgiven you in Christ.  How should this forgiveness affect you?
  • Does God forgive unconditionally?  If not, what are the conditions?  How does that inform our responsibility to forgive?
     
  • If we are unwilling to forgive, what does that indicate about our heart?

Other Passages to Consider:

 Ps 32:1-2; 103:1-5,11-12; Isa 1:18; Matt 6:12-14; Luke 17:3-4; Eph 1:7; 4:32; Col 2:13-14; Heb 9:22.

 

Responsible for One Another

February 11, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Responsible for One Another-Matthew 18: 15-20

 

 

Notes:

1)                                                                                                            - v15a

 

 

2)                                                                                                         - vv15b-17

 

 

 

 

3)                                                                                                          - vv18-20

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is it important that unrepentant sin is dealt with in the church?
  • What do you notice about the process laid out in vv15-17?  Who is responsible for carrying out this process?
  • How does this passage point to the importance of church membership?
  • How am I to be responsible for, and accountable to, my fellow church members?

Other passages to consider:

Lev 19:17; Deut 19:15; Matt 12:49-50; 16:19; 28:20; John 8:17; 16:19; 1 Cor 5; 1 Tim 5:19.

Thanking and Praising the Lord

February 04, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Thanking and Praising the Lord - Psalm 111

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-How do God’s works reveal His character?

-Why is it important that we remember God’s works?  How can we do that?

-What great works has the Lord done for you?  How should you respond (according to this psalm)?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 Ex 34:1-10; Prov 1:7; Rom 1:18-25; 3:21-26; Eph 1:3-14; Col 1:11-14.

 

God’s Loving Care for His People

January 29, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Loving Care for His People

-Matthew 18:10-14

 

Notes:

1)      He _____________ to minister to them – v10.

 

 

2)      He _______________ when they stray – vv12-13.

 

 

3)      He____________________________ - v14.

 

 

Digging Deeper:


-What examples of God’s loving care for His people do we see in this passage?

-In light of God’s loving care, what is the command Jesus gives His followers?  What is the connection between God’s care and Christ’s command?

-How does this passage encourage you regarding your own relationship with God?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 23; Isa 53:6; Jer 13:17; Ezek 34:11-24; Zech 10:3; 13:7; Jn 10:7-8; 1 Pet 5:2-4

Pursuing Humility and Holiness

January 20, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Pursuing Humility and Holiness

Matthew 18:1-9

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-Why does Jesus say we must become like a child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?  Why is humility essential in becoming a Christian?

-In what ways might we cause another believer to stumble into sin?  How can we guard against doing that?

-What things consistently cause me to sin?  What radical action is God calling me to do in order to pursue holiness?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 66:2; Matt 5:3-6; 27-30; 25:40; Luke 18:9-17; Heb 4:12-16; Jam 4.

Humility for the Sake of the Gospel

January 14, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Humility for the Sake of the Gospel -Matthew 17:22-27 

 

 

Examples of Jesus’s Humility:

1)                                                    to be betrayed and killed by men – vv22-23.

 

 

 

2)                                                    in order to not give offense – vv24-27.

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-What is humility?  What does it look like when someone is not humble?

-How does Jesus demonstrate humility in this text?  Why does He?

-In what ways is God calling you to demonstrate humility?  How can Christ help?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 Dan 7:13-14; Isa 66:1-2; 1 Cor 9:12,19; Phil 2:1-11; Col 3:12; 1 Pet 5:5.

A Failure of Faith

January 07, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

A Failure of Faith-

Matthew17:14-20

Notes:

1.) Failure_______________________________________________ – vv14-16

 

 

2.) Failure_______________________________________________ – vv17-18

 

 

3.) Failure_______________________________________________ – vv19-20

 

Digging Deeper:

-Why did the disciples fail to cast out the demon?

-What does strong faith look like?

-How can we cultivate our relationship with God?

-Other passages to consider: 

Deut 32:5,20; Matt 6:30; 8:26; 10:1,8; 14:31; 16:8; Mark 9:29; Jn 15:4-5; 2 Cor 5:7.

 

Focus on Christ

December 24, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Focus on Christ                                                        

Matthew 17:1-13

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does the transfiguration teach about Jesus?
  • How would this experience have helped Peter, James, and John?
  • What do you focus on?  How can we behold the glory of Christ?

Other passages to consider:

Ex 24:9-18; 40:35; 1 King 8:10-11; Ps 2:7; Isa 42:1;Jn 1:14; 2 Cor 3:18; 2 Pet 1:16-19. 

 

 

 

 

Consider the Cost

December 17, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Consider the Cost

Matthew 16:21-28

 

1) The Cost of Salvation – vv21-23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) The Cost of Following Christ – vv24-28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-As you consider what Jesus did for you, what is your response?

-Are the requirements to follow Christ a one-time decision or ongoing?  Or both?

-In what areas do you need God’s help to deny yourself and come under Christ’s authority?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 

 Ps 2; Isa 53; Matt 4:1-11; 10:16-39; 26:30-28:7; Phil 2:5-11; 3:7-9.

Who is Jesus

December 11, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

 

Who is Jesus?  Matthew 16:13-20

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Who do people nowadays say Jesus is? 
  • Who do you say Jesus is?  Why?  How did you come to believe that?
  • How is a healthy church built?

Other passages to consider:

Isa 7:14; 9:6-7; John 1:1-4,14-18; Acts 2:29-41; Eph 2:1-5,19-22; Col 1:15-20; 2:9; 1 Pet 2:4-8.

Recognize the Truth

December 04, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Recognize the Truth – Matthew 16:1-12

 

Notes:

1)      Failure to recognize that _____________________________ - vv1-4.

 

Cause –

 

 

 

2)      Failure to recognize the _____________________________ - vv5-12.

 

Cause –

 

Digging Deeper:

-Was it lack of signs that caused the Pharisees and Sadducees to reject Jesus?  If not, what was it?

-How can we cultivate a responsive heart to Christ?

-As Christians, what do we need to beware of today?

Other passages to consider:

Ps 1-2; Matt 12:38-42; 13:18-23; Jn 6:25-40; Acts 2:32-39; 17:29-31; Eph 6:10-20; 2 Tim 3:15-4:4; 2 Pet 2:1-2; 1 Jn 2:15-17.

 

Savior for All Nations

November 27, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Savior for All Nations – Matthew 15:21-39

Notes:

1)                                                     -vv21-28

 

 

 

 

2)                                                     -vv29-31

 

 

3)                                                     -vv32-39

 

 

Take Aways:

*

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Digging Deeper:

-In v28, Jesus commended the Canaanite woman’s faith.  How did she demonstrate great faith?

-What do vv21-39 teach us about the mission of Jesus?

-How does being a Gentile Christian make us even more thankful for God’s grace and mercy?

 

Other passages to consider: 

Gen 17:1-8; Isa 35:5-6; 42:1-7; 49:6; 66:18-20; Acts 10; 13:46; Rom 1:16; Eph 2:11-22; Rev 7:9-12.

 

 

 

Focus on Your Heart

November 20, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

 Focus on Your Heart – Matthew 14:34-15:2

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What human traditions do churches like ours elevate to the level of Scripture?
  • In what ways do we focus more on externals than our hearts?
  • Who can change the heart?  What can we do to guard our hearts and shepherd hearts toward Jesus?

Other Passages to Consider:

 Ex 30:17-21; Ps 51:17; Prov 4:23; Isa 29:13; Ezek 36:25-29; Matt 5:21-30; 12:33-37; Rom 2:29; 2 Cor 5:17.

 

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Confidence in Christ 

November 12, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Confidence in Christ-Matthew 13:13-33

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does the feeding of the 5000 teach about Jesus?
  • How has the disciples’ understanding of Jesus’s identity progressed from Matthew 8:27?
  • Why do we fail to trust God?  How can we grow in this area?

Other passages to consider:

Ex 3:14; 16:4; 2 Kings 4:42-44; Job 9:8; Ps 18:16; 31:14-17; 69:1-3; 77:19; 144:7; Isa 43:10,16; 51:12; Matt 8:27; Jn 6:35,49-58; Rom 8:31-32; Col 1:15-20; James 1:2-8.

God’s Truth Rejected by the World

November 05, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Truth Rejected by the World – Matthew 13:53-14:12

 

Notes:

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did the people at Nazareth reject Jesus as the Messiah?
  • Should we expect people to reject God’s Word?  Why or why not?
  • Why do people respond to God’s truth with anger?
  • What did Christ’s rejection accomplish?

Other passages to consider:

Ps 2; Isa 53; John 1:9-14; 3:16-21; Acts 7:52; 2 Tim 3:1-8; 4:3-4; 1 Pet 2:4-10.

The Gift of God’s Word

October 29, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The Gift of God’s Word-2 Timothy 3:15-4:4

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

-How is the Bible a gift from God?

-How should the Bible be used in the local church and in the individual lives of Christians?

-What role does the Word of God have in my daily life?  What is one new habit I can pursue regarding the Bible?

 

Other passages to consider:

Ps 19:7-14; 119; 138:1-2; Matt 4:1-11; Col 3:16; 1 Pet 1:23-2:3; 2 Pet 1:3-4, 21.

God’s Grace to Us in Christ

October 22, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Grace to Us in Christ

 

Notes:

1)  Grace that __________________ – Romans 3:23-25

2)  Grace that ___________________ – Titus 2:11-14

3)  Grace that ______________________________ – 2 Cor 1:3-5

 

Digging Deeper:

*Does God love you more when you are doing well in the Christian life?  What is the basis for how God treats us?

*Why is training usually not easy or comfortable?  What all does God us to train us?

*What does it mean to preach the Gospel to Yourself?  Why is it important for Christians to do that often?

 

Other passages to consider:

Rom 3:21-26; 5:18-6:2; 8:1; Eph 1:3-14; Heb 9:14; 10:19-23; 12:6; 2 Tim 2:1.

 

Incomparable Value of Christ & His Kingdom

October 14, 2021
By Jathan Newton

The Incomparable Value of Christ & His Kingdom

- Matthew 13:44-53

Notes:

1)  Recognize the Value

 

 

 

 

2)  Respond to the Value

 

 

 

 

 Digging Deeper:

  • What do you delight in?  What is the relationship between joy and value?
  • Describe the value of Christ and His Kingdom.
  • How did you come to see the value of Jesus?  How can you explain His value to others?

Other passages to consider:

Matt 5:17-20; 6:19-21; 7:13-14; 10:27, 38-39; 25:31-46; Eph 1:3-23; Phil 3:7-21.

Expectations for the Kingdom of God

October 01, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

 Expectations for the Kingdom of God – Matthew 13:24-43

Notes:

Kingdom of God = God’s redemptive rule over His people.

The Kingdom of God has…

1) small                                                 , but experiences                                                                        !

 

 

2) unnoticeable                                    , but produces                                                                            !

 

 

3)                                                     now, but in the end all evil will be                                                  !

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What kind of Kingdom were the Jews expecting the Messiah to bring in?
  • How is the Kingdom of God…Already & Not Yet?
  • What do these parables teach about how God works through the Gospel?
  • How should the truth of the return of Christ encourage us?

 

Other passages to consider:

Ps 78:2; Isa 11:9; Ezek 17:22-24; Dan 7:13; 12:3; 1 Cor 15:25, 50-58;

1 Thess 5:1-11; 2 Thess 1:5-12; Rev 11:15-18; 21:3

Church Growth

September 03, 2021
By Pastor Jathan
Church Growth – Ephesians 4:11-16

Sermon Notes:

  1. Source – Our life & growth ____________________________________ - vv11,16.





     
  2. Goal – To grow up into ________________________________________ - vv13-14.






     
  3. Process
  • Pastors/teachers _____________________________________________ - vv11-12
     
  • Members _____________________________________________________ - vv15-16.

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does growth in the church look like?  What is it contrasted with?
  • How does God use members to help the Body grow?
  • How can you encourage others with the truth?  Who can you invite into your life to encourage you?

Other Passages to Consider:

Matt 16:13-18; Jn 15:1-17; 1 Cor 12:12-13:7; Eph 3:14-4:7; Col 2:6-10; 1 Th 5:8-11; Heb 3:13; 10:24-25; 1 Pet 4:10

The LORD is my strength and my shield

August 20, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The LORD is my strength and my shield - Psalm 28

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What happened when David trusted in the Lord?  How are you blessed when you are able to trust God in your circumstances?
     
  • What does the strength of the Lord enable His people to do?  How do we receive (or tap into) that strength?
     
  • Can we trust God?  What makes Him trustworthy?  What does it look like to trust Him?

 

Other Passages to consider:

 Psalm 23; Prov 3:5-6; Matt 6:25-34; Jn 10:11-16; Eph 1:16-23; Phil 4:4-9; 1 Pet 5:7

Captivated by Christ

July 23, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Captivated by Christ

 

 

Digging Deeper

  • How did Matthew see Jesus fulfilling the Isaiah prophecy about the Servant of the Lord?
  • What does God do with faith that is weak?  How have you seen this in your life?
  • Who or what captivates your heart?  How can you grow in being enthralled by Jesus?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 Isa 42:1-9; 53; Mt 3:13-17; 9:35-36; 11:28-30; 17:1-5; Lk 7:36-50; Rev 7:9-13. 

When Our Religion Goes Wrong

July 18, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

When Our Religion Goes Wrong – Matthew 12:1-14

Sermon Notes:

  • When we elevate                                               to the level of                                              .
  • When we rely on                                                rather than                                                  .                                                                                 
  • When we fail to                                                                                                                        .

Digging Deeper: 

  •  What was God’s purpose for the Sabbath?  How did all the Pharisees’ rules keep people from experiencing this?
  • How is Jesus greater than David and the temple? 
  • Are you resting in Christ alone?  What tends to take your focus or dependence off of Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ex 23:12; Dt 5:14; 23:25; 1 Sam 21:1-6; Ps 110:1; Mt 5:13-17; Jn 1:14; 5:39-40; 13:35; Acts 2:22-36; Col 1:15-20; Heb 3:7-4:13; 1 Jn 4:7-21.

The Purpose & Passion of AGC

November 14, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Purpose & Passion of AGC – Colossians 1:28

Sermon Notes:

1)  Our Mission

2)  Our Message 

3)  Our Method 

Discussion Questions:

  • In what ways do we proclaim Christ when we gather together?
  • What does it look like to become mature in Christ?
  • How does being connected and involved in each other’s lives help us carry out Colossians 1:28?
  • Imagine what it will be like to be presented to Christ.  How does this future reality motivate you to pursue holiness?

Other Passages to Consider:

Matt 28:18-20; Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 2:2; Eph 4:11-16; 5:25-27; Phil 1:6; 2:12-13; Col 3:9-10,16; 1 Thess 3:11-13; 5:12-13; 23-24; Heb 4:12; 1 Jn 3:2-3; Rev 19:6-10.

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