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Love Your Enemies

October 24, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Love Your Enemies – Matthew 5:43-48

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  World’s Standard – Only love those _____________.  _____________your enemies.

2)  Christ’s Command – Love_____________, including_____________.

3)  God’s Character – Loving your enemies demonstrates you are_____________.

Discussion Questions:

  • How did God show love to you when you were His enemy?
  • What does it look like to love our enemies?  What examples does Jesus give in this text?
  • How does Jesus enable us to keep this command?
  • What “enemies” could you begin praying for?

Other Passages to Consider:

Lev 19:1-18; Mt 5:10-12; Lk 10:25-37; 23:34; Acts 7:60; Rom 5:1-11; 12:14-21; Eph 4:29-5:2; 1 Jn 4:7-12

Overcome Evil with Good

October 16, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Overcome Evil with Good – Matthew 5:38-42

 

Sermon Notes:

Instead of ______________________, Jesus calls us to be willing to abandon our ______________________.

Four examples:

1)  Turn the other cheek – v39b.

2)  Let him have your cloak – v40.

3)  Go the extra mile – v41.

4)  Give to those who beg & borrow – v42.

Digging Deeper:

  • How is God glorified when we choose not to retaliate when we are done wrong?
  • In addition to God being glorified, what other results can occur when we return good for evil?
  • What attributes of God encourage us to not retaliate?
  • How does the example of Christ help you obey this teaching in Matthew 5?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ex 21:22-25; Matt 26:52-54; Rom 12:9-21; 1 Cor 6:7; Phil 2:1-11; 3:20-21; 2 Thess 3:10; 1 Pet 2:18-25.

Holiness of Heart

September 12, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Holiness of Heart: Anger – Matthew 5:21-26

 

Scripture Reading:

Ephesians 4:17-32

Digging Deeper:

  • Am I harboring anger against anyone?  What would God have me do about that?
  • How does this passage cause me to be thankful for the work of Christ?
  • Is my relationship with God based more on externals, or is it from the heart?  How can I cultivate a heart-felt relationship with God?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Sam 16:7; Ps 15:1-3; 130:3; Mt 5:17-20; Lk 6:45; Rom 3:20-26; Eph 4:17-32

The Abounding Grace of Jesus

February 14, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Abounding Grace of Jesus – 1 Timothy 1:14-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What is Christ’s mission?  How does Paul underscore it in this text?
  • What does Christ’s mission tell us about God?
  • How did God’s sovereign grace overcome Paul’s unbelief?  What did God’s grace provide?
  • How did Paul’s testimony encourage others to believe in Christ?
  • Even though we are forgiven, why is it appropriate to remember our former life without Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 86:12-13; Mark 10:45; Luke 5:31-32; Acts 9:1-19; 26:9-18; Eph 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7; Luke 19:10

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