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Priority in Prayer

January 16, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Priority in Prayer – Matthew 6:9-10

Sermon Notes:

1)  God’s glory – “Hallowed by your name”

2)  God’s reign – “Your kingdom come”

3)  God’s will – “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”

Digging Deeper:

  • What tends to be the focus of your prayers?  What is Jesus showing should be our priority?
  • What is the Kingdom of God?  Explain how the Kingdom of God is already present, but not yet completed.
  • How does God reveal His will?  If we are going to pray, “Your will be done”, what commitment(s) do we need to make with regard to the Bible?
  • How can we cultivate a God-centered focus in our lives?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 30:4; 97:12; 103:1; 111:9; Ezek 20:8-9; 36:20-23; Matt 7:21; 12:50; 1 Pet 3:15; Col 3:1-4; Titus 2:11-14.

Praying to God our Father

January 09, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Praying to God our Father - Matthew 6:7-9

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Are we all children of God?  How does one become a child of God?
  • What blessings are ours because God is our Father?  Praise God for his grace!
  • How does God being our Father encourage us to pray?
  • How does God being our Father encourage us after we pray?

Other Passages to Consider:

1 Kings 18:24-39; Matt 6:25-33; John 1:9-13; Rom 8:14-17; Gal 4:4-7; Eph 1:3-6; Heb 10:19-22; 1 John 3:1.

 

Seek and Serve the Lord in Secret

October 31, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Seek and Serve the Lord in Secret – Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Sermon Notes:

Hypocrites practice acts of righteousness…

  1. Before others
  2. In order to be seen by them
  3. Reward = praise of men (no reward from God)

We should practice acts of righteousness…

  1. In __________
  2. __________ sees
  3. Our Father will __________

Digging Deeper:

  • Do you pray more with others or alone?
  • What should our motive be in pursuing acts of righteousness?
  • Do you tend to draw attention to your worship or how much you serve?
  • Do you have a regular time of personally seeking the Lord?  If not, establish a time, place, and plan for spending time with the Father. 

Other Passages to Consider:

Deut 15:11; Ps 41:1; 63:1-8; Prov 19:17; Matt 5:20; 6:7-15;Lk 18:1-8; Rom 2:28-29 

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.

Be Truthful & Reliable

October 02, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Be Truthful & Reliable – Matthew 5:33-37

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Jewish tradition used oaths to_______________.

2)  Jesus commands us to simply_______________and_______________.

Temptations/Hazards to Avoid

Digging Deeper:

  • How are all three members of the Trinity associated with truth?
  • Where does lying come from?
  • How are others affected when we don’t keep our word?
  • How is being truthful and reliable a great opportunity to bring glory to God?

Other Passages to Consider:

Lev 19:12; Num 23:19; Deut 23:21; Ps 15; 51:6; Matt 23:16-22; Jn 8:44; Eph 4:25; Heb 6:18; Jam 5:12

Lust and the Fight for Purity

September 19, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

 Lust and the Fight for Purity – Matthew 5:27-30

 

Sermon Notes:

1)  Committing of Sin - Lusting is _______________in your heart.

2)  Causes of Sin - We must take _________________ to remove sin from our lives.

3)  Consequences of Sin - Sin ______________and ultimately leads _______________.

Digging Deeper:

  • What things consistently cause me to sin?  What can I do to get rid of temptations?
  • Are there areas of sin that I am holding on to?  What does that say about my spiritual health?
  • Who can I recruit to help me in my pursuit of holiness?
  • How does this passage point me to my need for Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Proverbs 5; 6:20-35; 7:10-27; Rom 3:21-26; 1 Cor 6:9-20; Col 3:5-6

Channels of Mercy

July 25, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Channels of Mercy - Matthew 5:7

Sermon Notes:

Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."

1)  Mercy Defined

2)  Mercy Needed (our __________________)

3)  Mercy Given (riches of God’s kindness ________)

4)  Mercy Required (Christ calls us to _______________)

Discussion Questions:

  • What was your condition like apart from Christ?
  • How has God shown you mercy?
  • What might your life be like now if God had not saved you?
  • What are some practical ways that you can show mercy right now to those who are hurting?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 40:11; 103:1-5; Lam 3:22-23; Hos 6:6; Mic 6:8; Eph 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-8; 1 Pet 1:3-7; 2:10; Jude 21.

Hunger for Holiness

July 18, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Hunger for Holiness - Matthew 5:6

 

Sermon Notes:

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Digging Deeper:

  • What is your focused pursuit in life?  If it is not what it should be, then ask God to help you have the right desires.
  • Why should we pursue holiness in our lives?  How could it draw us closer to God?
  • What is one area of your life God would like you to bring in conformity to His Word?  What steps can you take to grow in this area?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 42:1-4; 63:1-8; Rom 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18; Eph 3:17-19; 5:1-21; 1 Peter 1:12-2:9; 1 Jn 1:5-10

Blessed are the Mourners and the Meek

July 11, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Blessed are the Mourners and the Meek – Matthew 5:4-5

 

Sermon Notes:

v4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

v5  “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Digging Deeper:

  • What is sin?  How can we remember how serious sin is?
  • Why should Christians be grieved over sin?
  • How does Jesus provide comfort to those mourning over sin?
  • What does it look like to be meek?  Does that describe you today?
  • How can you cultivate regular grief over your sin?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 37:7-11; 51:1-17; Isa 42:2-3; 57:14-21; 61:1-3; Mt 11:28-30; Jam 4:7-10; Rev 7:17; 21:4

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

June 26, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

Intro to the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 4:23-5:2

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Who is the Sermon on the Mount for?  What is its purpose?
  • What in Matthew’s account shows that this was one historical event (rather than a compilation of Jesus’s teachings)?
  • As believers, what is our relationship to the world?  To what kingdom do we belong?

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 61:1-2; Matt 12:28;  Mark 10:23-30; Luke 4:18-19; John 3:3-15; Col 1:13-14; 1 Pet 2:9-12 

The Dawn of a Great Light

January 31, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Dawn of a Great Light – Matthew 4:12-17

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What was significant about the place where Jesus chose to minister?  What does this say about the Gospel?
  • Think about the Bible’s use of the term “darkness” to describe a person without Christ.  What all does this say about their condition?
  • Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12).  What does this tell us about His saving work? (Hint: What does light do to darkness?)
  • How does a person go from darkness to light?  What does God do?  What is man’s response?
  • Who can you pray for who is in darkness?  How might God use you to shine the light of Christ into their lives?

Other Verses to Consider:

Isa 9:1-2,6-7; Matt 5:14-16; 28:19; John 1:1-14; 3:19; 8:12; 12:46; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 2:9

The Obedient Son, The Triumphant Savior

January 24, 2020
By Pastor Jathan

The Obedient Son, The Triumphant Savior - Matt 4:1-11

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did the Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted?
  • What was Satan trying to get Jesus to doubt about the Father?
  • In the third temptation, what is Satan tempting Jesus to abandon?
  • Why is it significant that Jesus obeyed where Israel had failed?
  • How does Jesus’s victory here point toward His saving triumph over Satan?
  • How do these temptations make Jesus a sympathetic High Priest?
  • How did Jesus resist these temptations?  Do we have the same resources available to us?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ex 17:1-7; Deut 6; 8:1-3; Ps 2:7-8; 91; 72:8-11; Dan 7:13-14; Matt 12:28-29; 16:21-23; 27:40-44; Col 1:13-14; Heb 2:17-18; 5:7-9

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

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

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

The Nations Shall Worship King Jesus!

December 19, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

The Nations Shall Worship King Jesus! – Matthew 2:1-12

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What is significant about magi from the east worshipping Jesus?
  • Contrast the worship of the magi with the response of Herod and Jerusalem.  How does this foreshadow what will happen to Jesus? (John 1:11)
  • What is significant about Jesus being born in Bethlehem?
  • How can you worship Jesus this Christmas season?
  • What effect does the promise that all nations will worship Jesus have on you?
  • How can you partner with gospel ministry to the nations?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 12:3; Num 24:17; 1 Kings 10:1-10; Ps 2:8; 45:17; 72; 86:8-10; Isa 60:1-6; Matt 8:11; 12:42; John 1:1-14

God Became One of Us to Save Us

December 13, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

God Became One of Us to Save Us – Matthew 1:18-25

 

Digging Deeper:

  • Why was it important for Joseph to take Jesus as his own son?
  • What does the virgin birth communicate about Jesus?
  • Why did the eternal Son of God take on a human nature?
  • How does Jesus save his people from sin?  How can I personally be rescued by Jesus?
  • What encouragement do you draw from the name Immanuel?  How is Jesus still with us?

Other Passages to Consider:

Rom 3:23; Ps 130; Isa 7:10-17; 9:2-7; Matt 1:18-25; 28:20; Luke 1:26-37; John 1:1-14; 1 Tim 1:15; Heb 2:14-18

Celebrating What Christ Accomplished

April 06, 2019
By Pastor Jathan

Celebrating What Christ Accomplished

Matthew 26:26-29

Preparing your heart for the sermon:

  • What does the finished work of Christ refer to?  What is significant about saying “finished”?
  • Why did Christ institute the Lord’s Table?
  • Why should the Lord’s Supper be a solemn occasion?  Why should it also be a time of celebration?

Other passages to consider – Ex 12:1-28; 24:7-8; Ps 103; Isa 1:18; 53; Jer 31:31-34; Mark 10:32-45; Luke 22:7-30; 1 Cor 10:14-22; 11:17-34; Rev 19:6-10

Digging Deeper:

  • How does taking the Lord’s Supper help us to look forward to Christ’s return?
  • We are told to examine ourselves before we take the Lord’s Supper.  What should we be looking for?
  • What steps can we take to ensure that God is glorified and the Body strengthened through our celebration of the Lord’s Table?
  • How should the truth of being set free from sin affect your life?
 
 
 
 

 

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