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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. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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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.

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

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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