Ep 222 | A Solid Foundation | Sermon on the Mount Part 4 of 4

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Ep 222 | A Solid Foundation | Sermon on the Mount Part 4 of 4

Build your life on a solid foundation by following Christ’s teaching. You won’t be perfect, and that’s okay. God’s grace will be there.

https://youtu.be/m8OaVa-o8sY

Scripture

Matthew 7:24-27 NLT

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Questions

  1. When did you first decide to follow Jesus? What/ who helped you make that decision?
  2. What makes you proud about your relationship with God? 
  3. If we are created to steward or care for the world and everything in it well, how could you (or all of us) do that better?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 221 | Loving Your Enemies | Sermon on the Mount Part 3 of 4

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Ep 221 | Loving Your Enemies | Sermon on the Mount Part 3 of 4

Ask yourself, did the sun rise on them today? The sunrise shows God’s love for them. Join God loving your everyone, even your enemies!

Scripture

Matthew 5:43-48 NLT

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Questions

  1. How could love for the hatters and enemies in your life bring good to them, others and you?
  2. Is it possible to love and still protect ourselves from harm?
  3. Think of the hatters and enemies in your life. How could you be praying for them?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 220 | Salt and Light | The Sermon on the Mount Part 2 of 4

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Ep 220 | Salt and Light | The Sermon on the Mount Part 2 of 4

I know it can be scary to salt and light and point others to Jesus. Dive deep into God’s love. This is what Jesus calls us to do!

https://youtu.be/Ll54G7R5xyM

Scripture

Matthew 5:13-16 NLT

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Questions

  1. Who around you needs a taste or glimpse of the goodness of God?
  2. What are some ways that Christians sometimes hide their faith, and how can we avoid doing the same?
  3. List three ways you can shine your light.
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 219 | The Beatitudes | The Sermon on the Mount Part 1 of 4

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Ep 219 | The Beatitudes | The Sermon on the Mount Part 1 of 4

Being aligned with the Kingdom of God and not the world allows us to experience blessings we would otherwise miss!

Scripture

Matthew 5:3-12

3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Questions

  1. Read through the beatitudes and select one that is difficult for you. Describe to your friends why you chose that particular beatitude.
  2. Select another beatitude. How is it contrary to how the world acts or thinks?
  3. Read Matthew 5:11-12. How do you feel about following Jesus in light of this teaching?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 218 | Jesus’ Early Ministry and Miracles!

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Ep 218 | Jesus’ Early Ministry and Miracles!

Jesus’ hope for you is no different than his hope for people in this story. Listen along and learn about Jesus’ early ministry and miracles.

Scripture

Luke 4:14-44 NLT

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,

that the blind will see,

that the oppressed will be set free,

19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.  ”

20He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

22Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

23Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ 24But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.

25 “Certainly there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon. 27And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.”

28When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. 29Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, 30but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.

Jesus Casts Out a Demon

31Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day. 32There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching, for he spoke with authority.

33Once when he was in the synagogue, a man possessed by a demon—an evil spirit—cried out, shouting, 34“Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. At that, the demon threw the man to the floor as the crowd watched; then it came out of him without hurting him further.

36Amazed, the people exclaimed, “What authority and power this man’s words possess! Even evil spirits obey him, and they flee at his command!” 37The news about Jesus spread through every village in the entire region.

Jesus Heals Many People

38After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. 39Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

40As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 41Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.

Jesus Continues to Preach

42Early the next morning Jesus went out to an isolated place. The crowds searched everywhere for him, and when they finally found him, they begged him not to leave them. 43But he replied, “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent.” 44So he continued to travel around, preaching in synagogues throughout Judea.

Questions

  1. Most people are comfortable with the idea that Jesus taught, but they become more uncomfortable with his healing and even more uncomfortable with him casting out evil spirits. Why do you think this is?
  2. If Jesus were physically with you right now. Who would you bring to him for healing?
  3. Jesus loved teaching people. What are some ways you can learn about Jesus’ teachings?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 217 | What we can learn from Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation

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Ep 217 | What we can learn from Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation

Today, we look at Jesus’ baptism and temptation. Jesus was the Son of God, fully human and gives an example for us to resist temptation.

Scripture

Matthew 3:13-17

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

Questions

  1. What does Jesus’ baptism teach us about his identity and mission?
  2. What is significant about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness?
  3. How can we resist temptation and follow Jesus’ example?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 216 | Preparing the Way for Jesus: John the Baptist

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Ep 216 | Preparing the Way for Jesus: John the Baptist

John’s message is still relevant today: repent and turn from sin and toward God. His example of serving God is something we should aspire to.

Scripture

Matthew 3:1-6

In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

Questions

  1. What does repentance mean?
  2. What was so important about Jesus that John was to prepare the way for him? 
  3. How can you be like John, a humble servant of God who prepared people for Jesus?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 215 | Lesson from Jesus’ Childhood: Prioritizing God

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Ep 215 | Lesson from Jesus’ Childhood: Prioritizing God

Spend time with God and your mentors. Prioritize your relationship with Him. Seek his guidance in all your decisions.

Scripture

Luke 2:49

But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?

Proverbs 12:15

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Luke 6:12 NLT

One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.

Questions

  1. When did you first decide to follow Jesus? What/ who helped you make that decision?
  2. What makes you proud about your relationship with God? 
  3. If we are created to steward or care for the world and everything in it well, how could you (or all of us) do that better?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 214 | New Year’s Tips

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Ep 214 | New Year Tips

We often break New Year’s resolutions. Today, Jon gives a few tips from scripture to do instead of New Year’s resolutions.

Scripture

John 14:14

“Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”

John 6:9

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Questions

  1. What do you have to give? 
  2. What will you ask for?
  3. What could you do to connect more regularly with the people who are good for you in your faith journey?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 213 | Love | Christmas Part 4 of 4

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Ep 213 | Love | Christmas Part 4 of 4

Christ’s love isn’t found in what we can do but instead in who he is. It’s a love that doesn’t change, doesn’t fade, and cannot be lost.

Scripture

1 John 4:19-20

We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

Questions

  1. What makes you feel loved?
  2. What makes it difficult to believe we are loved?
  3. How can you show Christ’s love to those around you this season?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.