"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.
Responses to Jesus Christ the King
1. Herod was disturbed and opposing.
2. Priests were ignorant and indifferent.
3. Jewish population was troubled.
4. Wise men worshipped.
a. They watched for Jesus’ star, which inferred that they read and believed God's Word.
b. They came all the way to Jerusalem to worship Jesus the King.
c. They searched and researched.
d. They brought valuable and appropriate gifts, which demonstrated that they recognized the worth of Christ.
e. Their attitude was one of great joy.
f. They fell down in genuine and humble worship.
g. They listened to and obeyed God rather than man.
And like the wise men, you must…
• Look for Jesus till you find Him.,
• When you find Jesus, worship Him.
• When you worship Him, you must give.
• Give Jesus your gift of myrrh …recognize Jesus died in your place for your sins, spiritual death to sin.
• Give Jesus your gift of incense …worshipfully offer your life to Him.
• Give Jesus your gift of gold …acknowledge the right of Jesus Christ the King to rule in your life.
• Then accept the new and better direction God’s leading will take you.
- Would God describe you as wise? Why, or why not?
- How would you describe your response to the news of Jesus Christ?
- How would your neighbors describe your relationship to Jesus Christ?
- What would it look like if you took your "gift giving" to Jesus to the next level?
"Names and Grace"
1. All Scripture is valuable.
2. We must patiently wait for the second coming as the OT saints patiently waited for the first coming.
3. The grace of God can be observed even in a list of misfits.
4. God can use us.
- What is your initial reaction when you sit down to read Matthew 1:1-17?
- Does the sermon on this passage help you see it differently? How?
- What is the purpose of a genealogy today?
- What was the purpose of the genealogy of Matthew 1:1-17?
- In great detail describe Jesus Christ Messiah your King?
"Jesus Messiah the King"
1. What difference does it make that the Messiah would come?
2. What difference does it make what the Messiah will do when He comes?
3. What difference does it make that the Messiah has come?
4. What difference does it make that Jesus is the Messiah?
- How would you answer someone who asked you what difference it made whether they believed that Jesus was the Messiah or not?
- Familiarize yourself with the outline for Matthew, and the direction we are going in the year ahead:
â€¢ Coming of Jesus Messiah the King
Character and qualifications, 1-4
â€¢ Teachings of Jesus Messiah the King
Sermon on the Mount, 5-7
â€¢ Power of Jesus Messiah the King
â€¢ Kingdom of Jesus Messiah the King
Apostles are established, 10
The King discusses His Kingdom, 11-13
â€¢ Increasing Opposition to Jesus Messiah the King
Rejection, conflicts and withdrawal, 14-16
â€¢ Instruction for followers of Jesus Messiah the King
Teaching on various topics, 17-20
â€¢ Judaismâ€™s rejection of Jesus Messiah the King
The King presented and rejected by Israel who He then rejects, 21-23
â€¢ The prediction by the King of the second coming of Jesus Messiah the King
Jesus speaks of what the future holds, 24-25
â€¢ Death and Resurrection of Jesus Messiah the King
The passion, the power, and the commission of the anointed One, 26-28
"The Christian is Like a Soldier"
1. A Christian like a soldier has a captain.
2. A Christian like a soldier has a manual.
3. A Christian like a soldier follows orders.
4. A Christian like a soldier trains continually.
5. A Christian like a soldier endures hardship.
6. A Christian like a soldier rejoices in victory.
"The Storms In Our Lives"
1. Being proactive in regard to the storms in our lives Matthew 7:24-27
a. Expect and embrace storms
b. Hear the words of Jesus
c. Act on the words of Jesus
2. Four reasons why storms come into our lives
a. Storms of correction Jonah 1:1-16
b. Storms of perfection Matthew 14:22-23, Luke 8:22-25
c. Storms of protection Genesis 6:5-8
d. Storms of direction Acts 27:22-26, 34-36
"What is Heaven Like? 2"
1. The New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem.
2. The River of Life and the Tree of Life.
3. The Country, Mountains, and Sea.
4. Our Bodies.
11. Entertainment, music, art, and sports.
- What is the first emotion you experience when you are asked about Heaven?
- What is it that you look forward to most in Heaven? Why?
- What aspect of Heaven concerns you the most? How can God help you with that concern?
- Memorize 1 Cor. 2:9.
"What is Heaven Like? 1"
1. The directions to Heaven. John 14:1-6
2. The desire for Heaven.
â€¢ 2 Corinthians 5:1-2
â€¢ 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
â€¢ Luke 12:32-34
â€¢ 2 Peter 3:12
â€¢ Philippians 1:21-23
â€¢ Hebrews 11:10, 13-16
3. The delights of Heaven.
â€¢ A place of rest. Revelation 14:13
â€¢ A place of joy. Luke 15:7,10
â€¢ A place of peace. Luke 16:25
â€¢ A place of righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13
â€¢ A place of service. Rev. 7:15
â€¢ A place of reward. Matt. 5:11-12; 10; 1 Cor. 3; Heb. 11
â€¢ A place of inheritance. 1 Pet. 1:4
â€¢ A place of glory. Romans 8:17-18
- Read Revelation 21:1-22:5.
- Read each of the Scripture passages from the second point on the outline, and then determine which passage best describes your desire for Heaven.
- How can a heavenly perspective affect your actions today? Why does a heavenly perspective influence your choices and responses?
"If I Do My Very Best, Won't God Let Me in Heaven?"
A. Problems with a system based on degrees of goodness:
1. It's arbitrary.
2. It offers no assurance of salvation.
3. It asks God to approve of evil.
4. It contradicts the Bible.
B. Facts we must consider:
1. God is perfect.
2. Man is imperfect.
3. God has provided a solution to our problem.
4. We must each decide if we want to trust in God's solution or choose to rely on our own faulty plan.
- Describe the system (way) most people have for getting to Heaven.
- Never assume people understand the word "sin" as you do. To most people it sounds like a term describing someone far worse than them. The concept of missing the mark, or trying to jump across the Grand Canyon are often helpful descriptions. Why is this true?
- With each week you study another question, are you becoming more confident in providing answers to questions the unsaved ask?