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Posts Tagged "JATHAN"

God Prepares Joshua

August 12, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

God Prepares Joshua –Several passages  in Exodus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy



Joshua’s Training:




Joshua’s Faith:




Joshua’s Commission:



Digging Deeper:

-What truths about God were made clear to Joshua as he served under Moses?

-What did Joshua learn about leading people throughout his apprenticeship with Moses?

-What truths has God taught you in your life?  What might He be preparing you to do with these truths and experiences?


Other passages to consider:

Ex 17:8-16; 24:12-18; 32:15-33:23; Num 11:28; 13-14; Deut 1:38; 3:21,28; 31:1-23; 34:9. 

Let us worship God!

July 30, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Let us worship God!- Psalm 95



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.

Standing Before King Jesus

July 16, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Standing Before King Jesus – Matthew 25:31-46



1)                                                                                                              – v31


2)                                                                                                              – v32a


3)                                                                                                            – v32b-33


4)                                                                                                          – v34 / v41


5)                                                                                                         – v35-40 / vv42-46


Digging Deeper:

  • How does the text inform your understanding of the Final Judgment?
  • Does this passage teach that people are saved by their works?  What then are their works indicating?
  • What are the people surprised about in this passage?  What does it teach us about Christ’s relationship with His people?


Other passages to consider:

Ps 24; Dan 7:13-14; Mt 16:27; Acts 17:31; Rom 2:6; 2 Cor 5:10; Eph 1:4; 2:8-10; 2 Thess 1:7-12; 1 Jn 4:7-21; Rev 14.

Prepared for the Lord’s Return

June 18, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Prepared for the Lord’s Return- Matthew 24:42-25:13 











Digging Deeper:

  • What common lesson is Jesus teaching with these parables?
  • How do we prepare for Christ’s return?
  • What happens to those who are not prepared for Christ’s return?

Other passages to consider:

Isa 54:4-6; 62:4-5; Ezek 16:7-34; Hos 2:19; 1 Thess 4:13-5:11; 2 Pet 3:1-13.


Living Between His Comings

June 03, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Living Between His Comings – Matthew 24:3-28










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.


Tragic Ending

May 28, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Tragic Ending – Matthew 23:37-24:2










  • What did Jesus long to do for Jerusalem?  Why did that not happen?
  • What emotion does Jesus display?  What does this teach us about the heart of God?
  • How does this passage inform our evangelism?
  • What did Jesus leaving the temple in v1 symbolize?



Dt 32:9-11; 1 Ki 9:6-9; Ps 17:8; 91:1-4; 118:26; Jer 12:7; 22:5; Ezek 10:18-19; 11:22-23; 18:32; Jn 3:16-21; 2 Pet 3:9.

Don't be a Pharisee

May 21, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Don’t be a Pharisee – Matthew 23:13-36



Woe #1 & #2 - ______________________________ -vv13-15


Woe #3 - ______________________________ -vv16-22


Woe #4 - ______________________________ -vv23-24


Woe #5 & #6 - ______________________________ -vv25-28


Woe #7 - ______________________________ -vv29-36


Digging Deeper:

  • Which way are you most likely to be a Pharisee?

  • What is a woe?  What role was Jesus portraying?  What did the woes mean for the religious leaders and for Israel?

  • We have seen Jesus be compassionate with sinners and those in need.  Why did Jesus save His harshest words for the religious leaders?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 50:7-15; Pr 4:23; Am 5; Mic 6:8; Zech 7:8-10; Matt 5:33-37; 6:1; Jn 8:39-47; 1 Th 2:14-16.

Holiness, not Hypocrisy

May 14, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Holiness, not Hypocrisy-Matthew 23:1-12




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



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



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
















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'



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











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


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











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








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










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.


Thanking and Praising the Lord

February 04, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Thanking and Praising the Lord - Psalm 111











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



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









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-



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








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. 





Who is Jesus

December 11, 2021
By Pastor Jathan


Who is Jesus?  Matthew 16:13-20









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



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.


Focus on Your Heart

November 20, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

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











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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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






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.

Expectations for the Kingdom of God

October 01, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

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


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

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

Examine Your Heart

August 06, 2021
By Pastor Jathan
 Examine Your Heart-Matthew 12:33-37


Sermon Notes:

  • 1a) Your deeds and words reveal the ______________________ - vv33-34.



  • 1b) What you treasure will ________________ - v35.



  • 2) You will give ____________________ for your actions – vv36-37.



  • 3) Only ____________________ can change the heart.


Digging Deeper :

  • While only God can see the heart, how can we perceive the condition of a heart?
  • What does it look like to guard your heart with all vigilance (Prov 4:23)?
  • Why does behavior modification not produce lasting change?  What is our only hope for heart change?

Other Passages to Consider :

 Ps 141:3; Prov 4:23; Matt 7:16-20; 15:11; Rom 2:6; 2 Cor 5:9; Eph 4:29; Col 3:1-4; Jam 1:19; 3:1-12


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. 

God Has Come to Rule and Save

January 10, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

God Has Come to Rule and Save – Matthew 3:1-12


Digging Deeper:

  • What did John’s location, clothing, and diet point to?
  • How did John prepare people for Jesus’s ministry?
  • What is repentance?  Why does John emphasize bearing fruit with repentance?
  • Why was John baptizing people?  What was new about his baptism?
  • What is the kingdom of heaven (God)?  How is it present already?
  • What role should repentance have in the life of a Christian?


Other Passages to Consider:

1 Kings 17:3-7; 2 Kings 1:7-8; Isa 4:4; 10:33-34; 30:27-28; 32:25; 40:1-11; Ezek 36:26-27; Joel 3:1-2; Zech 13:4,9; Hos 2:14-15; Mal 3:2-4; 4:5-6; Matt 11:14; 17:17:11-13; John 8:39-44; Rom 4:11-18; 9:6-8

The Pursuit of My Life

July 20, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

The Pursuit of My Life – Psalm 27:4-6, 8

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What is David’s passion in life?  How does he pursue that passion?
  • David can seek God anywhere, but why is he particularly longing to do that in the tabernacle?
  • What outcome does David anticipate from seeking God’s face?

Other passages to consider: Ex 34:5-8; Ps 27; 34:8; 42:1-2; 96; Luke 10:38-42; John 13:1-13; Gal 3:13-14; Eph 2:4-5; Phil 2:6-8; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-3

Digging Deeper:

  • What is your #1 pursuit in life?  How can you tell?
  • Where do we see the beauty of God?
  • What does it look like for you to seek God’s face?  How can you grow in this?
  • What about God do you find particularly beautiful?  Take some time to praise Him for that.

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