Aspects from the stories of Peter and the Canaanite woman:
1. Jesus isthere.
2. They stepoutinfaith.
3. They cry out forhelp, knowing Jesus’ mercy.
4. Jesus tested their faith.
5. Jesus saved them.
6. Their growing testimony of faith was demonstrated by worship.
- Write out your “Faith Story” (the story of your salvation and growth).
- Look for an opportunity to share your Faith Story with someone.
- How are Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 2:14-26 not a contradiction?
- Jesus said of the Canaanite woman that her faith was “great” (Mt. 15:28). Have you ever wondered how Jesus would describe your faith?
1. The compassion of Jesus the King.
2. Apart from Jesus wecandonothing.
3. Jesus Christ is allsufficient.
4. God works throughus.
5. God can dotheimpossible.
- Compare two kingly figures. What are the differences between Herod’s feast in 14:1-12, and Jesus’ feast in vv. 13-21?
- In vv. 13-21 Jesus used what He was given (five loaves and two fish) to do something great. We don’t need oodles of riches or talent. We simply need to be willing to give Him what we have. What has God asked you to give?
- Memorize Ephesians 3:20-21.
- Each of us encounter times we do not quickly acknowledge God’s power and ability to do the impossible. We look in many other places for help, but not promptly to Him. Why is that?
- Why is this story of John the Baptist’s death important?
- How easy is it to relate to Herodias’ desire to hush her critics?
- How easy is it to relate to Herod’s desire to please people?
- How often do you battle pride or insecurity?
- Now come back to the first question concerning the significance of Matthew 14:1-12. Are there personal and practical applications for our life to be found in this story?
“Parables of the Kingdom”
1. The kingdom is planted in difficult places with opposition and imposters.
2. Though the kingdom starts small it will certainlygrow.
3. The kingdom is priceless.
4. The kingdom is entered in variousways.
5. The opportunity to enter the kingdom is comingtoaclose.
6. The alternative to the kingdom ishell.
7. Children of the kingdom train and proclaim.
- The parable of the wheat and the false wheat (tares) reminds us that where Christ sows a true Christian, Satan comes along and sows a counterfeit. Consider how many other types of counterfeits Satan sows (i.e. teaching).
- What other kinds of opposition does Satan direct toward Christ’s kingdom?
- What are your responsibilities as a member of the kingdom of heaven?
- After observing the responsibilities, consider what Jesus said in John 13:17, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
1. God prepares the heart.
2. Salvation requires hearing and understanding.
3. The lack of hearing and understanding will lead some to stand outside the fellowship of God and the church where they will be snatchedbySatan.
4. The lack of hearing and understanding will lead some to immaturity where they will lack conviction and soon runaway.
5. The lack of hearing and understanding will lead some to pursue the pleasures of money and theworld and be truly unfruitful with what really matters.
6. The blessing of hearing and understanding will be evidenced in the one who bearsfruit.
- The parable of the sower that Jesus told has more application that just to the unbeliever. Although we, believers, may have open hearts to the gospel, 1)there are times we struggle with a heart that gets a bit rebellious and distances itself from close fellowship with God or the church; 2)there are also times that our lack of spiritual maturity and depth becomes a great danger to our walk with Christ; and 3)there are times we become distracted by the cares or the world or the pursuit of riches and our spiritual walk suffers for it.
Consider closely the next 24 hours. Within this one day, how many times did your heart get diverted by one of, or all three of the prior conditions?
- Spend time thanking God for opening your eyes, ears and heart.
1. Something greater than theTemple is here.
2. The world asks to see somethinggreater.
3. Something greater thanJonah is here.
4. Something greater thanSolomon is here.
5. When the world rejects the great One, evilwillreplaceit.
6. God’s great family is for those who have the rightrelationship.
In Matthew 12 Jesus describes a process with an eternal result:
a. God does somethinggreat (22)
b. We are amazed at God’s power (23)
c. Satan denies the powerofChrist (24)
d. We are faced with achoice (30a)
e. The choice we make with our heart will be reflected in ourlife (34-35)
f. The choice we make will one day bepermanent (31-32, 36-37)
- There are places in Scripture that describe God as allowing man to harden his heart to the point that God ceases to offer that person salvation. How does our human pride and entitlement react to such news?
- God does not offer His grace to the lost in eternity. Some religions teach that He should or that man can pray a dead one into God’s good graces. What is your reaction to God’s resolute judgment for eternity?
- How does a rejection of the Holy Spirit mean a rejection of Jesus Christ (see John 15:26b)?
Observation 1. The growinghostility toward someone greater.
Observation 2. The lovingexample of someone greater.
Observation 3. The propheticdescription of someone greater.
- As you read Matthew 12:1-21, list the attributes of Jesus that are mentioned.
- Carefully ponder the things Jesus is saying in this passage concerning the Sabbath, and the things He is not saying about the Sabbath. What are they?
- In vv. 18-21, contrast God’s attitude toward Jesus and the Pharisees attitude (i.e. God says Jesus is chosen, but the Pharisees rejected Him).
- Pray for the salvation of five people by name.
“And Yet God is Merciful” Matthew 11:20-30
1. A day of judgment iscertainlycoming.
2. The extent of knowledge and opportunity will influence judgment.
3. God is merciful, butHedoesn’thavetobe.
4. God is to be praised for His sovereigncontrol over salvation.
5. Jesus claimedequalitywithGod.
6. Come to Christ for salvation and you will know rest and peacewith God.
7. Surrender to Christ and you will know rest and the peaceof God.
- “God is merciful, but He doesn’t have to be.” If this statement were false, what would that mean of mercy?
- How do you feel about the fact that because Jesus did not do the miracles He did in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum, that the people of Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom died, when they would have repented and been saved if Jesus had done the miracles? What does it tell us about our Lord’s sovereignty and mercy?
- Why is the topic of God electing/choosing people so rarely taught?
- Why is God’s judgment so rarely taught?
- How have you experienced Jesus’ easy yoke?
1. Resemble Jesus Christ
2. Proclaim the gospel
3. Courageously standup
4. FollowChrist despite opposition
1. Regard us
2. Remember us
3. Receive us
4. Reward us
- Read Matthew 10:24-42 and highlight what you would consider profound truths for the disciple of Christ.
- From Matthew 10, list all the potential “costs” of following Christ.
- How do you personally and regularly acknowledge Christ before men (Matt. 10:30)?
- Write down the names of five people that you will commit to pray for the salvation of. Start now.
A Christian Life is like a Farmer. A study of the planting and harvest by John Stinnett 05/06/2018
1 Co 3:6-9 and Matt 13:1-30
A seed is planted in soil like the Gospel is planted in the heart of mankind.
A seed requires water like the Christian requires the Word, Prayer and Fellowship.
A seed takes root like a Christians deepening relationship with God.
A farmer knows it takes many laborers and God has called all who are willing.
A farmer knows it is God who gives the increase.
Weeds like sin grow too and will spread.
“Twelve Harvest Helpers Who Shaped the World”
1. Christ called twelve ordinarymen.
• Simon Peter. Foot-shaped mouth
• Andrew. First missionary
• James, son of Zebedee. First martyred apostle
• John. Love
• Philip. Simple and practical
• Bartholomew/Nathanael. Transparent
• Thomas. Twin
• Matthew/Levi. Former Tax collector
• James, son of Alphaeus. Behind the scenes
• Thaddaeus/Judas (not Iscariot) son of James. Steady Trinomious.
• Simon the Zealot. Political fanatic
• Judas Iscariot. Traitor
2. Christ shaped the ordinary intoextraordinary.
3. Christ wants todothesamewithus.
- Which of the apostles can you relate most to?
- How different does Christ see people than the way they are viewed by the world? List several ways.
- Have you ever felt that God made a mistake when He called you? Does knowing that Christ called the ordinary and simple to greatness encourage you?
- What does Christ want to do with you?
1. Compassioninstigates our recognition of the need for workers.
2. Commissioningincites us to pray for workers.
3. Celebrationinspires us to keep at it.
- List as many reasons as possible that Christians might give for not laboring in the harvest.
- Read Romans 9:1-3 and describe the depth of sorrow Paul had for the lost.
- Commit to pray for workers who will take the gospel to the lost.
- Commit to pray for workers who will disciple and mentor those who come to Christ.
“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.
Sermon Video 10/22/17
Pastor Mike Fast
Sermon Video 10/22/17
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