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Posts Tagged "God"

Take Sin Seriously

September 24, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Take sin seriously – Joshua 7

 

Notes:

1)      ________ of Israel’s sin – v1a

 

2)      ________ of Israel’s sin – v1b-9

 

3)      ________ of Israel’s sin – vv10-12

 

4)      ________ of Israel’s sin – vv13-26

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does Joshua 7 teach you about sin and God?
  • No one sins in isolation.  How might your sin affect others?
  • As God reveals sin in our lives, what should we do?

Other passages to consider:

Gen 3:6-8; Deut 7:25-26; Hos 2:14-15; Amos 3:1-2; Acts 5:1-11; Rom 5:9; 1 Cor 5:1-13; Phil 2:14-15; Col 3:5-11; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Jn 2:15-17.

Faith in God’s Powerful Promise

September 16, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Faith in God’s Powerful Promise- Joshua 6 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why does God often use weak or untraditional ways to accomplish His purposes?
     
  • What examples of faith do we see in this chapter?  How is that faith demonstrated to be real?  What is the result of these displays of faith?
     
  • In what way(s) is God calling you to obey Him in faith?

 

Other passages to consider:

Gen 15:16; Lev 18:24-25; 27:28; Deut 7:1-5; 20:16-18; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 6:10-18; Heb 11:30-31; Jam 2:14-17.

 

Remember what God has done

September 03, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Remember what God has done- Joshua 3:1-5:1

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIgging Deeper:

  • How did the crossing of the Jordan affect Israel?  What impact did it have on the Canaanite nations?
  • Why was it important for Israel to remember what God did for them at the Jordan River?
  • What can we do to remember what God has done for us in Christ?

 

Other passages to consider:

 

Ex 25:10-22; Num 10:33-36; Ps 103:2; Luke 22:19; Heb 13:5; 2 Pet 1:12-15.

 

 

 

The Reach of God’s Sovereign Grace

August 26, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 The Reach of God’s Sovereign Grace – Joshua 2

 

 

Notes:

Rahab’s Deception – vv1-7

 

 

Rahab’s Faith – vv8-24

 

                _______________ of her faith – vv8-14

 

 

                _____________ of her faith – vv15-21

 

 

                _____________ of her faith – vv22-24

 

Digging Deeper:

-What are the components of true, biblical faith?  How does Rahab demonstrate true faith?

-How is Rahab’s conversion a partial fulfillment of the promise made in God’s covenant with Abraham?  What else is special about Rahab? (think Jesus!)

-How does the account of Rahab encourage you as you follow Christ?

 

Other passages to consider:

Gen 12:1-3; Ex 14; 15:13-16; Num 13:25-32; 21:21-35; Deut 4:35,39; 7:9; 10:17; Matt 1:5; 1 Cor 5:7; Col 1:5-6; Heb 11:31; Jam 2:25-26.

 

Commissioned by God

August 19, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Commissioned by God – Joshua 1

 

 

Notes:

 

1)      The surety of God’s __________

 

2)      The confidence from God’s _________

 

3)      The centrality of God’s ______

 

4)      The partnership of God’s _________

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How did the participation of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half-tribe of Manasseh encourage all of Israel?
  • How does the centrality of God’s word make a difference in your life?
  • How has the assurance of God’s presence given you confidence in your walk with Christ?
  • What promises of God encourage you during difficult times?

Other passages to consider:
 

Gen 12:6-7; 15:7; 17:8; Ex 3:12-15; 33:12-16; Num 32:6-15; Ps 19:7-14; Matt 28:18-20; Rom 8:31-38; Heb 13:5-6; 1 Pet 1:22-2:3.

 

Let us worship God!

July 30, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Let us worship God!- Psalm 95

 

Notes:

He is…

 

 

1)                                                                      - (_____ God)

 

 

2)                                                                      - (_____ God)

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is God worthy of all our praise and devotion?
     
  • Is God your God?  If so, how did that come about?  What are the implications of such a truth?
     
  • How should we respond to the warning about not hardening our hearts when we hear His voice?  How does Hebrews 3-4 apply this warning?
     
  • Why is the psalmist encouraging corporate worship?  How does corporate worship uniquely glorify and encourage us?

Other passages to consider:

Gen 1-2; 17:1-8; Ex 3:13-15; Ps 23; 100; Isa 40; John 10:1-18; Acts 17:22-34; Col 1:15-23; Heb 3:7-4:13.

Found Faithful

July 01, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Found Faithful – Matthew 25:14-30

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What does this parable teach will happen when Jesus returns? 
  • Why did the third servant fail in his stewardship?
  • What has God entrusted to you?  How can you faithfully steward that for God’s glory?

Other passages to consider:

1 Cor 4:2; 2 Cor 5:9-10; Heb 2:14-17; 4:13; Jam 2:17; 1 Pet 4:10. 

Living Between His Comings

June 03, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Living Between His Comings – Matthew 24:3-28

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What did the disciples ask Jesus?  Why would the disciples connect the destruction of the temple with the end of the age?
  • What commands does Jesus give his disciples in this passage?  Which commands are applicable to Christians in every age?
  • How can Christians guard against being led astray or having their love grow cold?

Other passages to consider:

Dan 9:27; 12:11; Matt 7:15-23; 13:21; 28:18-20; Acts 5:36; 8:1,4; 20:29-30; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 Jn 4:1.

 

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.

The Greatness of Christ’s Sacrifice

March 18, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

The Greatness of Christ’s Sacrifice -

Matthew 20:17-34

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What cup was Jesus about to drink?
  • What did Christ’s death accomplish?  How should we respond to Christ’s sacrifice?
  • How are the values of Christ’s Kingdom different from the world’s values?

 

Other passages to consider:

Isa 51:17; 53:3-7; Jer 25:15; Matt 18:4; 26:38-46; Jn 10:17-18; 2 Cor 4:6; Ph 2:1-8; Col 1:13-14.

 

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.

Who Will Be Saved

March 03, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Who Will Be Saved?

 Matthew 19:13-30

 

Notes

1)      To be saved you must…

              a.       Come to Christ in                                                                – vv13-15.

 

              b.       Follow Christ in                                                                    – vv16-24.

 

 

2)      Salvation is completely                                                                     – vv25-26.

 

 

3)      Following Christ will                                                                          – vv27-30.

 

Digging Deeper:

-What kind of heart attitude is necessary for one to be saved? 

-What was Jesus exposing to the rich young man?  What does this teach us about what it means to follow Christ?

-Who or what has first place in your life?

-How does this text encourage Christians that it is worth the cost of following Jesus?

Other passages to consider:

Ex 20:1-17; Mt 5:3; 6:24; 16:24-26; 18:1-3; Jn 3:3-8; Eph 2:1-9; Phil 3:4-9.

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

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.

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

Responses to the Word – Matthew 13:1-23

September 25, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Responses to the Word – Matthew 13:1-23

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

What do the different types of soils represent in this parable?

Why do some people profess faith, come to church, but then later fall away and quit following Christ?

How is anyone able to respond to the Word in persevering faith?

Other passages to consider:

 Isa 6:1-10; Matt 10:22; Jn 3:1-8; 6:25-71; 2 Cor 2:14-17; Eph 2:1-10; 1 Pet 1:3-12; 1 Jn 2:19.

Tell others the good news of Jesus Christ

September 16, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Tell others the good news of Jesus Christ –

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What is the gospel?
  • Why should we evangelize?
  • What should our evangelism look like?

Other Passages to consider :

Matt 12:34; 28:18-20; Jn 13:34-35; Acts 8:1-4; 11:19-21; Rom 10:1-17; 1 Cor 15:3-5; 2 Cor 2:14-17; 5:10-21; Col 4:3-6; 1 Pet 3:15.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of Chris

September 11, 2021
By Pastor Jathan Newton

Grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ- 2 Peter 3:18

 

Sermon Notes:

  • What does it mean?
  1. Grow in your _____________ and _____________ of God’s favor toward you in Christ.


     
  2. Grow in your _____________ of and _____________ with Christ.

     
  • How do we do it?

 

Digging Deeper:

  • In order to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, what must first be true in your life?
  • What is grace?  What does it mean to grow in grace?
  • How is knowing Christ experienced in your daily life?  What habits could you form to know Christ more intimately?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Cor 3:1-3; Eph 2:4; Phil 3:7-16; Heb 5:12-14; 1 Pet 1:22-2:3; 2 Pet 1:2-11. 

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

Gather to Worship the Triune God

August 28, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Gather to Worship the Triune God – Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 5:18-21

 

Sermon Notes:

1)      What is worship?

 

2)      Why is corporate worship important?

 

 

Digging  Deeper:

-What is worship?  How can we prepare our hearts for corporate worship?

-Why should you participate in corporate worship?  What do you miss if you don’t go?  What do others miss if you don’t go?

-What are some common misconceptions about worship?

 

Other Passages to Consider:

 1 Cor 3:9, 16-17; 14:24-25; Col 3:16; Eph 2:19-22; 5:18-19; Heb 10:24-25; 12:22-24; 13:14; 1 Pet 2:5-9

Seeking God Through His Word

January 01, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Seeking God Through His Word – Psalm 119:1-16

Sermon Notes:

1)  The Blessing of Knowing & Obeying God

2)  The Factors of Knowing & Obeying God

Digging Deeper:

  • How has God made Himself known?  How can we grow to know God better?
  • Since salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, why is obedience to God important?
  • Describe the connection between desire and effort.  Give an example of something you wanted and worked hard to accomplish.
  • What steps can you take to seek God through His Word?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 19; 27:8; John 1:14,18; 6:68-69; 17:17; Phil 2:12-13; 2 Thess 1:11-12; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Pet 2:2; 1 John 1:5-10.

Worth Waiting For

December 23, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Worth Waiting For – Luke 2:22-38

Digging Deeper:

  • What similarities do you see between Simeon and Anna?
  • What did Simeon declare about Jesus?
  • What does it look like for a believer to be waiting for the second coming of Christ?
  • What about Jesus is worth waiting for?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 130; Rom 8:18-30; 1 Thess 1:9-10; Titus 2:11-14; Heb 9:27-28; 1 Pet 1:8-9; 2 Pet 3:11-14; Jude 20-21.

Precious Gift of Peace

December 18, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Precious Gift of Peace – Luke 2:8-14

Sermon Notes:

1)  What you have been given –

2)  Why it could be given –

3)  Why it was given to you –

Digging Deeper:

  • By nature, why do we need peace with God?
  • How does Jesus Christ make peace between sinners and God?  How should this peace affect our lives?
  • Why do you have faith in Christ while others don’t?  What is your response to such grace?

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 9:6; John 6:35-40,44,65; Acts 16:14; Rom 1:18; 5:1-10; Phil 1:29; Eph 2:4-9; Col 1:19-23. 

Magnify the Lord

December 05, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Magnify the Lord – Luke 1:46-55

Sermon Notes:

1)  Magnify the Lord because He ______________!

2)  Magnify the Lord because He ______________!

Digging Deeper:

  • What is mercy?  How has God shown you mercy?
  • How does salvation demonstrate the power of God?
  • Why is it important that God is both merciful and mighty?
  • How can you magnify the Lord throughout this week?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 34; 103:1; Lam 3:22-24; 1 Sam 2:1-10; Luke 1:26-45; 5:27-32; Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 1:26-29; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Pet 1:3-7; 2:10

Trust in the Lord

June 20, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Trust in the LORD - Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Sermon Notes:

How we are to trust God

Why we can trust God

Digging Deeper:

  • What about God makes Him absolutely trustworthy?
  • What happens when we don’t trust God?  What blessings come from trusting in the Lord?
  • What does it look like in your life to trust God on a daily basis?
  • In what situations do you find it difficult to trust God?  Admit that to God and ask for grace to trust Him more.

Other passages to consider:

Job 42:2; Ps 115:3; 147:5; Prov 21:1; Jer 17:5-8; Rom 8:28-39; 11:33-34; Phil 1:6; 4:4-9; 1 Jn 4:9-10

What Faith Is and Does

June 06, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

What Faith Is and Does – Hebrews 11:1-3

 

Sermon Notes:

Object of Faith –

Description of Faith – v1

                1a – Faith is the ________________ of things hoped for.

                1b – Faith __________________________________ of what God has promised.

                2a – Faith is the _______________ of things not seen.

                2b – Faith _______________ that what God promises will happen.

Result of Faith – _________________________ – v2

Outworking of Faith

Digging Deeper:

  • Is biblical faith a blind faith?  Explain your answer.
  • What is our faith based on?  How then can our faith be strengthened?
  • What is the connection between faith and what God has promised?
  • How does faith enable us to follow Christ in obedience?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1-2; John 1:18; 14:1-3; Rom 1:16-20; 8:23-25; 2 Cor 5:1-7; Gal 2:20; Heb 1:1-3.  

Persevere for the Prize

May 30, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Persevere for the Prize – Hebrews 10:32-39

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Remember your ____________________ - vv32-34

2)  ______________to receive your ___________________ - vv35-39

Digging Deeper:

  • How does Hebrews 11:1-12:2 relate to what is being taught her in 10:32-39?
  • Share about times from your past when God gave you grace to endure difficulties.  What did God teach you through these trials?
  • How does thinking about our future inheritance help us persevere through trials?
  • How can you cultivate more of a longing for your future inheritance?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 9:1-10; Matt 10:22; Phil 1:6; Titus 2:11-13; Heb 12:1-4; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Rev 21:1-8

From Panic to Peace

May 22, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

From Panic to Peace – Psalm 4

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Truths in the Midst of Turmoil

a.        

b.        

c.        

2)  Focus in the Midst of Turmoil

3)  Blessings in the Midst of Turmoil

Digging Deeper:

  • How has David changed during the writing of this psalm?  Why?  Have his circumstances changed?
  • What all should we do when we are anxious?
  • Why can we have joy and peace in the midst of trouble?
  • What can you do this week to pursue the presence of God?

Other Passages to Consider:

Num 6:22-26; Ps 16; 63:1-8; John 14:25-27; Rom 5:1-8; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 1:3-6; Phil 4:4-8

God’s Faithful Care for His People

May 15, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

God’s Faithful Care for His People - Psalm 23

 

Sermon Notes:

1)____________________- vv1-2a

2)____________________- vv2-3a

3)____________________- v3b-4

4)____________________- vv5-6

5)____________________- v6

Digging Deeper:

  • Why is sheep/shepherd a fitting metaphor for our relationship with God?
  • What emotions is David expressing in this psalm?  Why?
  • How does Jesus fulfill this psalm?  What claim is Jesus making by calling Himself the Good Shepherd in John 10?
  • How does this psalm help you in your current relationship with God?  In what ways is God calling you to respond to this sermon?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 48:15-16; Deut 2:7; Ps 26:8; 37:25; Ps 77:20; Ps 84:1-4; Ps 95:1-7; Isa 53:7; Isa 61:1-3; Ezek 34:11-16; Luke 15:1-7; John 10:7-18; 1 Pet 2:24-25; 5:1-4  

Staying Faithful to our God

May 08, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Staying Faithful to our God - Psalm 115

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Our Focus - _________________ - vv1-2

2)  Our Confidence - _________________ - vv3-8

3)  Our Charge - _________________ - vv9-11

4)  Our Assurance - _________________ - vv12-16

5)  Our Commitment - _________________ - vv17-18

Digging Deeper:

  • What attributes of God do you see in this psalm?  Praise Him for that!
  • How has God blessed us and remained faithful to us?  How does He promise to bless us in the future?
  • What does it look like to stay faithful to God?  What are signs/indicators that a person’s faithfulness is waning?
  • How does this psalm help you trust in the LORD?
  • In what areas are you especially needing to trust God now?  Take some time to express your trust in God and to ask for grace to trust Him more.

Other Passages to Consider:

Psalm 33:12-22; Isaiah 43:1-7; 44:9-20; 46:9-10; Hab 3:17-19; Eph 1:3-11; 1 John 4:8-10 

Testimony of God’s Comfort

May 03, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Testimony of God’s Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

 

Sermon Notes:

1)

2) 

3)

4)

Digging Deeper:

  • Why does Paul want the Corinthians to know that God delivered him from a severe affliction?
  • Why is it important that Christians learn to rely on God and not themselves?
  • What gave Paul confidence of God’s ongoing deliverance?
  • How can we pray for those going through trials?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 121:1-2; 2 Cor 4:7-12; 11:24-28; 12:7-10; Eph 6:18-20; 2 Tim 4:16-18; Jam 5:16; 2 Pet 2:9 

Strength to Endure

April 24, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Strength to Endure – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  _________ of Comfort – v3

 

2)  _________ of Comfort – v4,7

 

3)  _________ of Comfort – vv4-6

 

4)  _________ of Comfort – v7

Digging Deeper:

  • How does your soul respond to the titles for God in v3?
  • What does the word “comfort” describe in our text?
  • In what ways does God comfort His people in affliction?
  • How have others helped you in times of trial?
  • What have you learned during affliction that could help others?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 46:1-3; 103:6-14; 121:1-2; Isa 51:12-16; 66:13; Col 1:24

From Fear to Faith

April 18, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

From Fear to Faith — Psalm 56

 

Sermon Notes:

1)   Trials – vv1-2, 5-7

2)   Truth – vv8-9

3)   Trust – vv3-4, 10-13

Discussion Questions:

  • Will Christians ever become afraid?  What should we do when we are afraid?
  • How does the Bible help us to trust God?
  • What truths should I preach to myself when I am afraid?
  • What fruit is evident in the life of a person who is trusting God?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Samuel 21; Ps 34; 138:2; Prov 3:5-6; Isa 49:14-16; John 16:33; Rom 8:31-39; Heb 13:5-6; Matt 6:25-34; 10:28-31

Psalm 131 - Peace in the Presence of God

March 01, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Psalm 131 - Peace in the Presence of God

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does a mother with her child picture God’s care for us? – Isa 66:12-13
  • What is the child experiencing in v2?
  • Why does the Bible teach that we must have a child-like faith?  What does that mean? - Matt 18:1-4; 19:13-15
  • Was David’s life free from trouble and pain?  How had he come to experience peace? – Ps 27:11; 23:1-4; 86:1-5
  • How do we enter into the presence of God?  What attitudes and actions are necessary for you to do that?

Other Passages to Consider:

Prov 3:5-6; Phil 4:6-13; Luke 10:38-47

The Baptism & Anointing of Jesus

January 17, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Baptism & Anointing of Jesus – Matthew 3:13-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Since He was without sin, why was Jesus baptized?
  • How does Jesus’s baptism point to His sacrifice on the cross?
  • What does the Spirit resting on Jesus signify?
  • Given the Father’s declaration, if a person opposes Jesus, who are they ultimately opposing?
  • What is the doctrine of the Trinity?  How is it seen in this passage?
  • Describe the Father’s relationship with His Son.  Now think about what happened at the cross.  Glory that now in Christ, we are loved by the Father with the same love! (John 17:23).

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1:2; 8:8-12; 22:2; Ps 2:7; Isa 11:1-5; 42:1; 53:11-12; 62:1-2; 64:1; John 1:32-34; 5:31-39; 8:17-18; Phil 2:5-11; 2 Cor 5:21; 8:9

Protection & Fulfillment

January 04, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Protection & Fulfillment – Matthew 2:13-23

 

Digging Deeper:

  • How does this chapter demonstrate God’s sovereignty over evil?  In what areas of your life do you need to be reminded of this?
  • What did the exodus of God’s people from slavery in Egypt point to in the NT?
  • How does seeing God’s word fulfilled encourage you?
  • What truths about Jesus did this passage remind you of?  How can you respond?

Other Passages to Consider: 

Ex 1:1-2:10; Ps 22; 69; Isa 53; 51:9-11; Jer 16:14-15; 31:15-34 (Heb 8:8-13); Hos 11:1-11; Rom 6:1-14; 8:28-30; Col 1:13-14

Abide in My Love

November 02, 2019
By Pastor Newton

Abide in My Love - John 15:9-11  

 

Digging Deeper: 

  • To what does Jesus compare his love for us? 
  • How would you describe the Father’s love for Jesus? 
  • What does it look like to abide in Christ’s love?  Are you doing that? 
  • How does sin affect our enjoyment of Christ’s love and joy? 
  • How do we experience Christ’s joy? 
  • What is the relationship between our joy (v11) and God’s glory (v8)? 

Other passages to consider:

John 3:35; 4:34; 5:19-21; 8:29,55; 10:17-18; 12:27-28; 13:1; 14:31; 17:24-26; Eph 3:14-21; Gal 2:20; Heb 12:2; 1 John 1:4-2:6; Rom 8:31-39

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