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Posts Tagged "Matthew"

Standing Before King Jesus

July 16, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Standing Before King Jesus – Matthew 25:31-46

 

Notes:

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.

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. 

Prepared for the Lord’s Return

June 18, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

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

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

Tragic Ending

May 28, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

 Tragic Ending – Matthew 23:37-24:2

 

NOTES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGGING DEEPER:

  • 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?

 

OTHER PASSAGES TO CONSIDER:

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

 

Notes:

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

 

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. 

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.

Marriage and Divorce

February 25, 2022
By Pastor Jathan

Marriage and Divorce – Matthew 19:1-12

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Committing to Christ

August 13, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

 

Committing to Christ-Matthew 12:38-50

 

1)      ___________ of Unbelief

 

2)      ___________ of Unbelief

 

3)      _______________ for His disciples.

 

Digging Deeper                         

  • Was it a lack of evidence that caused the scribes & Pharisees to not believe in Jesus?  If not, what was it?
     
  • Why is it dangerous to be in close proximity to Christ and yet fail to commit to Him?
     
  • Jesus calls His disciples family.  How does that encourage you?  What does it motivate you to do?
     
  • What does a biblical commitment to Christ look like?  Where do you need God’s grace to grow in that commitment?

Other passages to consider:

Numbers 13-14; 1 Kings 10:1-13; Hosea 2:1-7; Jonah 2-3; Matt 15:3-9; Mark 3:31-35; John 1:9-14; 1 Cor 1:18-25; 2 Peter 2:20-21.

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

 

Delivered by Christ

July 31, 2021
By Pastor Jathan Newton

 

Delivered by Christ – Matthew 12:22-32

 

Sermon Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Deeper:

  • What did Jesus casting out the demon demonstrate?
  • When did Christ defeat Satan?  How is Jesus currently plundering Satan’s house?
  • Why is it not possible to remain neutral about Christ?

Other passages to consider:

Luke 4:17-21; 2 Cor 4:3-7; Eph 2:1-10; 4:8-10; 6:10-20; Phil 2:6-11; Col 1:13-14; 2:15; Titus 3:3-7

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. 

When Our Religion Goes Wrong

July 18, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

When Our Religion Goes Wrong – Matthew 12:1-14

Sermon Notes:

  • When we elevate                                               to the level of                                              .
  • When we rely on                                                rather than                                                  .                                                                                 
  • When we fail to                                                                                                                        .

Digging Deeper: 

  •  What was God’s purpose for the Sabbath?  How did all the Pharisees’ rules keep people from experiencing this?
  • How is Jesus greater than David and the temple? 
  • Are you resting in Christ alone?  What tends to take your focus or dependence off of Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ex 23:12; Dt 5:14; 23:25; 1 Sam 21:1-6; Ps 110:1; Mt 5:13-17; Jn 1:14; 5:39-40; 13:35; Acts 2:22-36; Col 1:15-20; Heb 3:7-4:13; 1 Jn 4:7-21.

Responding to Christ

July 03, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Responding to Christ – Matthew 11:20-30

Sermon Notes:

1)      _____________________ – vv20-24

2)      _____________________ – vv25-27

3)      _____________________ – vv28-30

Digging Deeper:

  • How are you responding to the truth about Jesus?
  • What does this passage teach about coming judgment?
  • Why are you a Christian?  How did that come about?
  • What burdens does Jesus take away from us?  How?
  • What does it mean to be yoked with Christ?

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 1:18; 55:1-7; Rom 1:18-25; 1 Cor 1:26-31; 2 Cor 4:3-6; Eph 1:3-7; 2:4-10; Col 1:19-23; Rev 20:11-15.

Believing God’s Word Despite Unmet Expectations

June 19, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Believing God’s Word Despite Unmet Expectations – Matthew 11:1-19

Sermon Notes:

1)  ____________________ is the promised King – vv1-15

a.  By responding to the doubts of John – vv1-6

b.  By highlighting the ministry of John – vv7-15

2)  ____________________ is the promised King – vv16-19

Digging Deeper:

  • Why did John begin to doubt that Jesus was the Messiah?  What was John expecting the Messiah to do?
  • How was John the Baptist’s ministry unique?  What does John’s ministry say about Jesus?
  • Are there ways God has not met your expectations?  How should you respond? 

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 26:19; 29:18-19; 35:5-6; 61:1: Mal 3:1-4; 4:4-6; 1 Pet 1:3-12.

Unrivaled Devotion

June 11, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Unrivaled Devotion - Matthew 10:34-42

Sermon Notes:

1)  Jesus _______________ supreme loyalty.

2)  Jesus _______________ supreme loyalty.

Digging Deeper:

  • Why does following Jesus potentially bring division in family relationships?
  • What would taking up a cross mean for Jesus’s original hearers?  What is Jesus calling us to do?
  • Does Jesus have your ultimate devotion?

Other Passages to Consider:

Micah 7:6; Matt 25:31-40; Mk 10:28-31; Lk 8:19-21; 2 Cor 5:14-15.

Not Ashamed

June 04, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Not Ashamed - Matthew 10:26-33

Sermon Notes:

Courage to testify to Christ – vv26-31

1)        

2)       

3)       

Necessity to testify to Christ – vv32-33

The Kingdom Advances

May 22, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The Kingdom Advances – Matthew 9:35-10:15

Sermon Notes:

1)  The ___________ of the King – v35

2)  The ___________ of the King – vv36-38

3)  The ___________ of the King – vv1-15

Digging Deeper:

  • What qualities of Christ do we see displayed in this passage?
  • Were the twelve disciples highly qualified to advance the Kingdom?  What does that say about how God works?
  • How were the apostles able to advance the Kingdom?
  • Do you believe the fields around you are white for harvest?  What is God calling you to do?

Other Passages to Consider:

Num 27:12-23; Ps 23; Ezek 34:1-16; Mic 5:4; Matt 28:18-20; 1 Cor 1:26-31; 2 Cor 5:16-21.

Jesus Saves

May 16, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Jesus Saves – Matthew 9:18-34

Digging Deeper:

  • Why was the Messiah predicted to heal the blind, deaf, mute, etc?  How does these miracles point to the salvation He would bring?
  • What can we learn about faith that leads to salvation from the ruler, the woman, and the blind men in this passage?
  • In what ways does Jesus save us now?  How will He deliver us in the future?

Other Passages to Consider:

2 Sam 7:12-16; Isa 29:18; 35:5-6; Matt 11:5; Rom 8:23-25; Col 1:3-23.

The Shocking, yet Beautiful, Mission of Jesus

May 07, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The Shocking, yet Beautiful, Mission of Jesus – Matthew 9:9-13

Digging Deeper:

  • What was shocking about the way Jesus was conducting His ministry?
  • How was Jesus introducing a brand-new reality?  What changes was His life, death, and resurrection bringing?
  • In what ways is the Gospel shocking to people now?

Other Passages to Consider:

Isa 62:5; Hos 2:19-20; Heb 7-10.

No Greater Power

April 30, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

No Greater Power - Matthew 8:23-9:8

Digging Deeper:

  • What is unique about Jesus Christ?
  • In what ways has Jesus already displayed His power?
  • Describe various reactions to Jesus’s power.  How should believers respond?
  • How will Christ demonstrate His power/authority at the end of time?

Other Passages to Consider:

 

Gen 3:15; Ps 65:5-8; John 1:1-5,9-18; Acts 17:30-31; Col 1:15-20; 2:15; Heb 2:14-15; Rev 20:10

 

A Life Built on Christ

March 27, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

A Life Built on Christ – Matthew 7:24-29

 Digging Deeper:

  • What is the difference in the way the two houses were built?  What does this difference symbolize in their lives?  How does this difference affect the outcome of the houses?  To what is Jesus ultimately referring?
  • Upon what is your life being built?  What does it look like to have a life built on Christ?
  • What impact does the Word of God have on your life?  How can you guard against being a hearer only?

Other Passages to Consider:

Matt 16:13-18; Luke 6:46-49; 11:27-28; 1 Cor 3:11; Titus 1:15-16; James 1:22-24; 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3-6.

Deadly Deceit

March 20, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Deadly Deceit – Matthew 7:15-23

Sermon Notes:

1)  False Teachers (outside deception)

Description:

Detection:

2)  False Disciples (self-deception)

Digging Deeper:

  • What is particularly dangerous about the false teachers?
  • What kinds of false teaching is prominent today?
  • What is the fundamental mark of true disciples?

Other Passages to Consider:

Jer 23:9-17; Ezek 34:1-4; Acts 20:30; 1 Cor 13:1-3; 2 Cor 11:13-15; Gal 1:6-9; 2 Pet 2:1-3; 1 Jn 4:1-6; Jude 4. 

How Disciples are to Treat Others

March 07, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

How Disciples are to Treat Others – Matthew 7:12

Sermon Notes:

1)       

2)       

3)       

4)       

Digging Deeper:

  • How Is Jesus’s standard more demanding than other ancient versions that stated this command in the negative – “Do not do to your neighbor what is hateful to you.”?
  • How is this command related to “Loving the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength?”
  • What hope do we have of obeying this command?
  • How do you like to be treated?  What will it look like for you to treat those around you like that?

Other Passages to Consider:

Deut 6:4-5; Mic 6:8; Matt 5:13-17; 22:24-40; Jn 13:34-35; Rom 13:8-10; 2 Cor 9:8; Gal 5:13-14; Jam 2:8; 1 Pet 1:22. 

Persistently Praying to Grow

February 27, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Persistently Praying to Grow – Matthew 7:7-11

 Digging Deeper:

  • How should we pray?  In other words, what traits should characterize our prayers?
  • What in this text gives us confidence to pray?
  • What hinders you from praying?  How does this passage help you with that?

Other Passages to Consider:

Prov 2:1-10; Jer 29:13; Matt 5:3; 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8; Jn 14:13-14; 15:7; Jam 4:2-3; 5:16.

The Danger of Being Critical and Judgmental

February 20, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The Danger of Being Critical and Judgmental - Matthew 7:1-6 

Digging Deeper:

  • How do we want others & especially God to treat us?
  • How is the person in vv3-5 being hypocritical?
  • Should Christians ever point out wrong?  When and How?
  • When should a Christian “shake the dust of their feet” with regard to someone?  What should be the Christian’s attitude toward that person when that happens?

Other Passages to Consider:

2 Sam 12:1-9; Matt 6:14-15; 10:14; 18:15-17; Acts 13:46; 18:6; Rom 14:10-13; Jam 2:13; 4:11-12; 5:9.

Disciples of Jesus Must Not Worry

February 13, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

Disciples of Jesus Must Not Worry - Matthew 6:25:34

Sermon Notes:

1)__________of God your Father.

2)__________of God your Father.

Digging Deeper:

  • What is worry?  How does it differ from proper concern, planning, and provision?
  • Why is worry a sin?  What is at the root of worry?
  • What does Jesus tell us to do rather than worry?  What other ways does the Bible teach us to overcome worry?

Other Passages to Consider:

Gen 1:26-27; Lam 3:22-24; Matt 13:22; Rom 8:31-39; 2 Cor 11:28; Gal 4:19; Phil 4:4-9; 1 Tim 5:8; Heb 13:5; Jam 4:13-15; 1 Pet 5:7. 

The Treasure of Your Heart

February 06, 2021
By Pastor Jathan

The Treasure of Your Heart - Matthew 6:19-24

Sermon Notes:

Command – vv19-20

Condition – v21

Crucial – vv22-24

Digging Deeper:

  • What do I prize dearly?  What am I passionate about?  What do I pour resources & concern into?
  • What should be the Christian’s view of money & possessions?
  • How can we guard our hearts from treasuring the things of this world?
  • If Jesus is my greatest treasure, what needs to change in my life?

Other Passages to Consider:

Ps 49:16-17; 73:25-26; Pr 4:23; 23:4-5; Matt 19:16-30; Phil 3:7-14; 1 Tim 6:17-19; Jam 4:4-8; 1 Jn 2:15-17

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:

1)         

2)        

3)         

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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