7/15/18 Sermon Questions

Uncharted Territory

Week 7:  1 Kings 19:15-21

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. What step towards obedience to God do you need to take today that you didn’t take yesterday?
  2. Read 1 Kings 19:19-21. Do you ever feel restless in the monotony of day to day life? Where can you see God in performing the daily tasks to the best of your ability?
  3. Read the passage again (1 Kings 19:15-21). How did Elisha model the phrase, “you don’t have to understand fully to obey immediately?” Where do you need to apply this?
  4. Have you ever asked, “What’s next, God?” What would you do with His answer?
  5. Read verse 21. Pastor Luke said that Elisha was burning his plan B. What can you learn from this principle and follow God immediately?
  6. What steps of faith does God want you to take to follow Him into uncharted territory?
  7. Are there things in your life that are preventing you from following God into uncharted territory?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” 19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. – 1 Kings 19:15-21

 

PACKING LIST REMINDERS

 1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND FULLY TO OBEY IMMEDIATELY.

20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” – 1 Kings 19:20

 

 2. Sometimes… THOSE GOD USES THE MOST ARE THE ONES WHO HOLD ON TO THE LEAST.

21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. – 1 Kings 19:21

 

7/8/18 Sermon Questions

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Week 6:  2 Timothy 4

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. Before hearing the message this week, how would you have defined the word theology? How would you define it now?
  2. How does your theology affect your everyday life? (Family, work, Church)
  3. Read 2 Timothy 4. Knowing these are some of Paul’s last words, what can we learn from the message?
  4. Pastor Luke said, “There is never a season of life that God’s Word doesn’t apply.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Share a personal example of a time that was true in your life and what passage of God’s Word got you through that time.
  5. Read 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Has there ever been a time you recognized bad theology being taught?
  6. What can you do to better prepare for the hardship Paul talks about in 2 Timothy 4:4-5.
  7. What are some ways you can protect yourself from louder theology?
  8. Who are some people in your life that can continue to spur you on to fight the good fight of faith?

 

Scripture:

2 Timothy 4

4In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Markand bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

19 Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus.20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters. 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.

 

 

7/1/18 Sermon Questions

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Week 5:  Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-46

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. In what ways has technology and social media helped build community in your life?
  2. In what ways has technology and social media hindered you and your relationships?
  3. What did Pastor Luke mean when he said, “My active faith is about the one another’s?” How does this apply to the life of the Church?
  4. How are you present and active in the life of the Church?
  5. When was the last time someone lived out Hebrews 10:24 in your life? What effect did it have?
  6. How are you modeling to the younger generation that the Church is the most important community in our lives?
  7. How were you convicted or challenged by the text this week?
  8. How have you seen First Free Rockford take care of their own?
  9. How can our group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 NEVER GO ALONE 

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   Hebrews 10:24-25

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.   Acts 2:42-47

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/24/18 Sermon Questions

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Week 4:  1 Kings 19:1-18

 

Life Group Questions:

  • Have you ever walked with God when you were “down but not out?” Or when the journey was too much for you? (1 Kings 19:7) How did you see His character all the more clearly during that time?
  • How have you replaced busyness for productivity?
  • Read 1 Kings 19:5-8. What can we learn through Elijah’s resting and waiting on God?
  • Read verses 11-12. Where did Elijah hear the voice of God? How do you need to position yourself so you too can hear His voice?
  • Is there an area of your life that the Lord is telling you to rest and wait on Him?
  • What are some ways you can remind yourself that God is in control in the midst of difficult circumstances?
  • How can our life group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 WALKING WITH GOD WHEN WE’RE DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

 

1) GREAT CHALLENGES OFTEN FOLLOW GREAT VICTORIES.

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. – 1 Kings 19:1-5a

 

2) RESTING AND WAITING ON THE LORD IS NOT TIME THAT IS WASTED.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. – 1 Kings 19:5b-9

 

3) GOD ENTERS WHERE WE ARE AND GENTLY PUSHES US TO WHERE HE WANTS US TO BE.

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” – 1  Kings 19: 9-17

6/17/18 Sermon Questions

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Week 3:  Joshua 1:1-9

Life Group Questions:

  • Where has God asked you to “burn your map” so you can follow Him where you have not been?
  • How do you think Joshua’s preparation under Moses’ leadership prepared him for what God is asking him to do in Joshua 1:1-9?
  • Pastor Luke said, “Don’t ever give up what is unique to you for something someone else will do.” What are those areas of your life?
  • Read verse 5, what is God trying to point out to Joshua?
  • When God repeats a theme in Scripture, we know we need to pay attention. In verses, 6, 7 and 9, God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Do you see the pattern here as to what God was calling him to?
  • Read verse 9. We see that God promises Joshua that He will be with him in what He is calling him to. When you read that and think about the areas where God is calling you into uncharted territory, does that give you courage? Does it build your faith to follow Him?
  • Read verses 7-8. What part does Scripture play in Joshua’s obedience?
  • How has Scripture lead you to obedience (not perfection) even this week?
  • What area of your life is God calling you to be strong and courageous?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

FOLLOWING GOD WHERE I HAVE NOT YET BEEN

THE MYTH: YOU CANNOT LEAD PEOPLE TO WHERE YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN.

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. – Joshua 1:1-2a

DON’T EVER GIVE UP WHAT IS UNIQUE TO YOU FOR SOMETHING SOMEONE ELSE WILL DO.

 

THE TRUTH: GOD LEADS PEOPLE TO WHERE HE ALREADY IS.

Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. – Joshua 1:2b-6

 

SUCCESS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE FOCUSES ON OBEDIENCE, NOT PERFECTION.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7-9

 

 

 

           

6/10/18 Sermon Questi

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Week 2: Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Peter 1:13-16

 

Life Group Questions:

  • What did you learn about the holiness of God?
  • How does that knowledge challenge you to live differently?
  • Have you ever thought about who you would be apart from God?
  • What response do we see from Isaiah to the holiness of God? (Isaiah 6:5)
  • What was the response back? (Isaiah 6:6)
  • What message of grace and calling do you see in these passages? (Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Peter 1:13-16)
  • Pastor Luke said that, “confession leads to cleansing.” How have you seen that to be true?
  • Read 1 Peter 1:13-16. The imminent coming of Christ should call us to obedience and holiness. How do you see that call in these verses?
  • What did your time in silence this week teach you?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

LIFE IN PROCESS WITH A HOLY GOD

 

1. WE HAVE A POSTURE OF LOOKING UP, NOT JUST LOOKING OUT.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” – Isaiah 6:1-3

Holiness means “morally and ethically perfect, pure, and set apart from all sin.”

“Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.” – John 12:41

“In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” – Revelation 4:6b-8

 

2) THE FIRST STEP TO BEING USED BY GOD IS ACKNOWLEDGING WHO I AM APART FROM GOD.

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:4-8

 

3) WE MUST ACT LIKE WHAT WE ARE DECLARED TO BE… CHILDREN OF GOD.

 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16

 

 

“When God’s holiness meets our humanity, we’re muted with humility. The discipline of silence is a natural reaction to God’s holiness. When we get a glimpse of who God is, we find that His voice is deeper than our own. His words are worth listening to. But we’re not accustomed to silence. We react to it, sometimes violently. Our own silence is an X-ray machine and we don’t like what we see – Loneliness, emptiness, insecurity. We fill up the hollow moments with noise. We blare the radio, blast the TV, and phone our friends. Why? To avoid the deafening roar within.

 

“This is one reason so many people are finding refreshment in the monastic traditions. Franciscan, Benedictine, and Cistercian monks splurge in silence every day, realizing the seriousness of worshipping God and the frivolousness of empty chatter. They understand the value of sitting before God, and waiting for Him to say the first word. God is always talking but our ears are full of wax, Silence is our Q-tip. Granted, there will always be a place for upbeat ear-popping praise. But when the ringing stops, when the ramblings cease, we find ourselves alone with the still small voice that whispers, “My presence is enough for you.”

 

 

 

 

 

6/3/18 Sermon Questions

Uncharted Territory

Week 1: Genesis 6:9-22

Life Group Questions:

  • What is the greatest adventure you’ve ever had in your life?
  • Is there something extraordinary that God is calling you to be a part of?
  • How has your faith set you apart from the crowd?
  • Why did God give Noah such exact instructions? (Verses 14-22)
  • When was the last time you were willing to go against common law or logic to listen and respond to the voice of God?
  • In what ways is God asking you to step into uncharted territory with Him? OR leading you to a place you have never been before?
  • Noah walked with God and obeyed Him, and because of that, God made a covenant that we still have today. Read Genesis 9:8-17. How does this show how significant obedience is to God?
  • How can our life group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

 

FOLLOWING GOD’S MAP WILL…

  1. SET YOU APART FROM THE CROWD.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.  Genesis 6:8-13

 

  1. POSITION US TO BETTER HEAR AND RESPOND TO THE VOICE OF GOD.

14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”  Genesis 6:14-21

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.  Hebrews 11:7

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.  Genesis 6:22

 

  1. CAN HELP BRING SALVATION TO OTHERS.

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:12-17

 

5/27/18 Sermon Questions

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Part 6:

 Life Group Questions:

  • Can you think of some areas of tension in Scripture where you have to live within both?
  • Why tensions do you see within John 8:1-11? Read the passage together as a group.
  • How do we know that the religious leaders weren’t interested in the law, but rather setting a trap for Jesus? (vs. 5-6)
  • Look at the brilliance of Jesus response to the religious leaders in verses 6-7. How did Jesus handle the tension of grace and truth in this story?
  • How does this passage inform us about the character of God?
  • Pastor Josh showed us a graph about grace and truth. Where do you fall on the graph as far as relationship and responsibility? Where do you want to be?
  • Look at the 4 observations in the notes. What can you learn from those?
  • How can our life group pray for you this week?

  Sermon Notes and Scripture:

John 8:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.

 

4 observations about Grace and Truth:

  1.  Calibrating Grace & Truth changes everything! 
  2. How you think about God, affects how you interact with Grace and Truth.
  3. Every day, you can advance the good news of Jesus through calibrating Grace & Truth.
  4. Grace & Truth are hard because we are personally invested.

 

5/20/18 Sermon Questions

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Part 5: Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6

 Life Group Questions:

  • Has there been a sermon in the Unstuck series that you have put into practice? Share a tangible way you are living it out.
  • Read Matthew 6:19-21. Who or what has your allegiance right now?
  • If we looked at your bank account, would we be able to see your investment in kingdom things? (6:24)
  • What things cause you the most worry?
  • Share a time in your life when worry was more harmful than helpful.
  • Who does 6:32 say worries about clothes, food and drink? Who does it say knows that we need them?
  • Talk about a time when you have seen God’s care and provision when you depended on Him? (6:26, 6:28, 6:30)
  • How can you apply Matthew 6:34 this week?
  • What are some worries in your life that are distracting you from the kingdom of God?
  • What does this passage show us about the character of God?

  Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. – Matthew 6:19-24

 

OVERCOMING WORRY:

 1) WORRY IS MORE HARMFUL THAN HELPFUL.  (MATT. 6:25-27)

 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 

 2) GOD DOES NOT IGNORE THOSE WHO DEPEND ON HIM.  (MATT. 6:28-30)

 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 

 

 3) WORRYING DISTRACTS FROM KINGDOM LIVING.  (MATT. 6:31-34)

 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

5/13/18 Sermon Questions

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Park 4 : Matthew 20:20-28

 

Life Group Questions:

  1. How did your mom sacrifice for your family?
  2. How do you see the moms in your life wanting the best for their kids?
  3. Check out the mother in the text from this week. How did her well-meaning question set Jesus up for sharing about the kingdom of God?
  4. To whom did Jesus direct the answer to the question to?
  5. What were the brothers missing in what they were asking? What were they actually asking?
  6. Read verse 23. How do we reconcile what Jesus is saying in this verse?
  7. Read verses 26-28. What is required of us as believers and servant leadership? How are you living that out?
  8. In what ways can you be a servant leader?
  9. Do you know who you are in your relationship with Jesus?
  10. What in your life can you give up so others can know the love of God?
  11. How can our group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. – Matthew 20:20-22

 

KEEPING THINGS IN THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE:

  1. WE ARE CONFIDENT OF WHO WE ARE IN JESUS, SO WE CAN SERVE OTHERS AS WE FOLLOW JESUS.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” – Matthew 20:23

“As sinfully and culturally defined, pursuing greatness looks like this: Individuals motivated by self-interest, self-indulgence, and a false sense of self-sufficiency pursue selfish ambition for the purpose of self-glorification.  Contrast that with the pursuit of true greatness as biblically defined: Serving others for the glory of God. This is the genuine expression of humility; this is true greatness as the Savior defined it.” – C.J. Mahaney 44

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. – Matthew 20:24-25

 

  1. WE LOVE AND SERVE THROUGH EXAMPLE RATHER THAN RULE.

Jesus says… 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— – Matthew 20:26-27

 

  1. WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE WHAT WE LOVE, SO OTHERS CAN KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD.

28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28