“The Messiah has Come to Save and Forgive”
9:1-8; To the paralytic Jesus offered forgiveness, salvation and physicalhealing.
9-13; To Matthew Jesus offered grace, acceptance and a newdirection.
14-17; To John’s disciples Jesus offered a newoutlook.
18-26; To Jairus Jesus offered hope, and lifeforhisdaughter.
18-26; To the bleeding woman Jesus offered physicalhealing, fellowship and hope.
27-31; To the blind men Jesus offered sight and assurance.
32-34; To the demon-possessed man Jesus offered physicalhealing and a voice for the Messiah.
- How many things has Jesus done for you?
- How many of those things have you recently told others about?
- Read Acts 4:12. What is the power of Jesus’ name?
- Spend time worshipping Jesus, but begin by simply saying His name several times.
A. If we want to get in the boat with Jesus and go to the other side we will need to understand the costs.
We will need to be willing to give up…
• The acceptable
B. We will still see storms, but we will see God do great things.
- Why does Jesus make following Him so pricey?
- What do you have the hardest time giving up?
- What cost would be too expensive to follow Christ? What could you not give up?
- Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. What are the similarities between counting the cost and each of the different seed/soil types?
“A Leper, a Gentile, and a Little Old Lady”
1. The Messiah Savior’s propheticarrival proves His kingship.
2. The Messiah Savior’s teachings prove His kingship.
3. The Messiah Savior’s power proves His kingship.
4. The Messiah Savior’s mercy sees our desperate condition.
5. The Messiah Savior’s graciouslove is our hope.
6. The Messiah Savior’s sacrifice is our only source of true healing.
7. The Messiah Savior’s instruction is that we havefaithinHim.
- What was Matthew’s purpose in writing his gospel book?
- How does he accomplish his purpose?
- How has his purpose impacted you?
- Have you had any new thoughts regarding Jesus Messiah the King in the last year?
- Make it a point to share something about Jesus Christ with someone this week.
Items we need to keep in mind when it comes to judgment:
1. We should practicediscernment.
2. We should be willing to humbly come alongside a fellow Christian who is sinning, withthegoalofrestoration.
3. We should treat others betterthanwetreatourselves.
Most common wrong methods of judgment:
• Assess wrongly based on self-acclaimed standards.
• Bring a wrong judgment based on assuming you knew the whole story.
• Criticize out of jealousy and bitterness.
• Divulging personal information with others.
• Empty of any mercy or forgiveness on your part.
• Forget to first judge your own sin.
• Give authoritative pronouncements about another person’s eternal destiny.
4. We should be mindful of the fruitondisplay in our own life.
5. We must always be aware of how Godwilljudgeus.
- Where is the line between being biblically discerning versus being overly critical?
- How can someone who is overly critical battle this sin? What steps would help?
- All of us can think of one person you have a hard time with right now. How has the Sermon on the Mount set forth your response? How has Jesus described how you should act toward them?
- What is the next step you will take concerning that one person?
Description Highway to Hell
1. The way to true salvation is exclusive and specific.
2. True salvation is not attained by majorityrule.
3. True salvation is not attainted by prophecy.
4. True salvation is not attained in exorcism.
5. True salvation is not attained by doing mightyworks.
6. True salvation is not attained in nature.
7. True salvation is not attained by fulfillingduties.
8. True salvation is not attained in morality.
9. True salvation comes when one listens, believes, confesses, and personallyinvites Jesus Christ to be Lord of their life.
- Explain the human tendency to make the way to salvation "easy" (comprehendible, or achievable by man’s efforts).
- Every religion in the world claims to be the only way to God. What makes Christianity different?
- Read Matthew 7:21-23. What will you say when you stand before God?
- Look for an opportunity to share the gospel, to tell someone that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.
Vv. 19-24. Since we have the tendency to pursuematerialtreasures instead of God, we must ask, Where is ourheart?
Vv. 25-29. Since we have the tendency to be moredependent on money than God, we must ask, Where is ourfocus?
Vv. 30-34. Since we have the tendency to worryaboutstuff, we must ask, Who or what areweserving?
- When compared to other things, where does the kingdom of God fall in order of priority according to your budget/checkbook?
- What is it about worry/anxiety/concern that God does not like? What is it saying to Him about our trust?
- What are the benefits of giving God our first-fruits as opposed to our leftovers?
- Commit Matthew 6:21 and 33 to memory.
1. Surrender right of retaliation to protect your self-respect.
2. Surrender right of retaliation to protect your things.
3. Surrender right of retaliation to protect your independence.
4. Surrender right of retaliation to protect your money.
5. Love (agape) yourenemies.
6. Pray for those whopersecuteyou.
7. Give to the needy with the Kingdom in mind but without hypocrisy.
- Which of the four rights discussed do you have the hardest time giving up?
- Why is it such a struggle?
- List some practical reasons retaliation is a poor choice for a Christian.
- Read Matthew 26:47-68 and 27:27-46 and list the various times Jesus could have retaliated… but He did not.
1. God’s standard was that man swear an oath by thenameofGod.
2. Man’s reduced standard was to swear a lessconvicting oath by anything butthenameofGod.
3. God’s standard is that man is alwaysaccountable to Him in allareas.
4. Man’s reduced standard is that we are accountable to Him in compartmentalizedareas.
5. God’s standard is that our hearts are right and that we remember the reasonswehave to be truthful.
- After you read the following verses, make some observations about our speech: Proverbs 10:19; 18:21a; Ephesians 4:29; James 3:7-10.
- What areas of your life have you compartmentalized (what are the areas you have given God less liberties with than other areas)?
- List as many reasons as possible that you have for being truthful.
- How would you evaluate your integrity as compared to five years ago? Would others agree?
1. Remember the heart of the Law.
2. Remember the hazards of anger.
a. Result of anger on ourselves.
b. Result of anger on worship.
c. Result of anger on others.
3. Remember to hurry to correct the sins hanging over you.
- Anger comes when we perceive something as wrong. Distorted anger is when a perceived wrong leads to anger, but in reality it was only in your perception, because no real wrong was committed. Provide an example of distorted anger.
- How good are you at justifying your anger? What does that ultimately say about yourself?
- Describe the dangers of anger in relation to others.
- Describe the dangers of anger in relation to worshipping God.
- How quickly do you typically correct your anger (everything from getting calm to asking others to forgive you)?
"Bright and Salty"
1. Salt and light represent what Christians are.
2. Salt and light as contrast.
3. Salt and light as improvement.
4. Salt and light as revealing.
5. Salt and light as irony.
6. Salt and light as unproductive.
7. Salt and light as likenesses.
- Jesus is "the light of the world" (John 8:12). Christians are "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14). Use 2 Corinthians 3:18 to explain this.
- How is the word "salt" used in Colossians 4:3-6?
- How would your neighbors rate your saltiness and your brightness.
- What is the purpose of your good deeds (see Matt. 5:16)?
"What is Your Spiritual Appetite?"
1. A hunger for righteousness that is first good for salvation.
2. A hunger for righteousness that is then good for sanctification.
3. A hunger for divine righteousness.
4. A full and intense hunger for divine righteousness.
5. A full and intense hunger for divine righteousness that guarantees satisfaction.
2. Godly mourning moves from conviction to contrition.
3. Godly mourning moves from contrition to confession.
4. Godly mourning for the sinner, moves from confession to conversion.
5. Godly mourning for the believer, moves from confession to change.
Change is exhibited in;
a. Guarding what you laugh at.
b. Mourning the right things and not the wrong things.
c. Making sure your grief focuses on God's ability to forgive.
6. Godly mourning leads to comfort.
- Again, take 10 minutes to read through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and write down the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-10).
- What is the danger in thinking that some sins are not bad enough to be confessed?
- When in doubt about godly mourning (or what to mourn or not), how would it help to ask whether or not the godly prophets of the past would mourn over this or not, or to ask whether Jesus would mourn over it or not?
- Pastor Martin Lloyd-Jones observed that the church's problem today with a lack of godly mourning stems from its defective sense and doctrine of sin coupled with its failure to understand true Christian joy. Assuming this to be true, how does this influence the power of evangelism, the maturity of the Christian's life, and your part in both?
- Make it a point this week to keep track of everything that brings a smile to your face (right or wrong) and everything that brings a tear to your eyes (right or wrong).
Q1. What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
A. Spiritual bankruptcy or spiritual humility.
Q2. Why is being poor in spirit so important?
A. Humility is the foundation of all other graces.
Q3. How do we achieve being poor in spirit?
A. We look to God.
Q4. What is the result of being poor in spirit?
A. The kingdom of heaven.
- Again, take 10 minutes to read through Jesusâ€™ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and write down the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-10).
- When you consider the word "blessed," why does "spiritual joy" seem like a better definition than "happy"?
- What makes Galatians 2:20 and Philippians 1:21 good descriptions of what it means to be "poor in spirit"?
- As you reflect on the Beatitudes, do you find it reassuring that God does not expect us to become that way without His help?
"The Baptism of the King"
1. The purpose of Johnâ€™s baptism
2. The purpose of Jesus being baptized
3. The purpose of baptism
- What do you recall most about your baptism?
- How would you describe your eagerness and commitment to God since your baptism?
- How are you living out Jesusâ€™ command to you in Matthew 28:19-20?
- Expound on Romans 6:3-4.
- If you have not been baptized, what is preventing you?
- What personal lessons or challenges do you see in Matthew 2:13-23?
- How is your commitment to make God and the things of God your absolute number one priority demonstrated on a daily basis?
- Spend time in prayer for your brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are enduring severe persecution this very day.