Sermon on the Mount (part 6) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 6:1-4, 19-24.  This message was part 6 in the “Sermon on the Mount” series.  Below is the sermon audio from this message to listen to or share.

 

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Sermon on the Mount #6

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Sermon on the Mount (part 6) Sermon Questions

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 6:1-4, 19-24.  This message was part 6 in the “Sermon on the Mount” series.  Below are a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 6:1-4, 19-24
  3. What are some examples of behavior you have done (or seen done) designed to make someone LOOK religious, even to the point of deception?
  4. In Matthew 5:16 we are called to “SHINE” while in 6:1-4 we are called to NOT let people see our good deeds.  How do you reconcile these two ideas?
  5. Have you ever given a gift that led you to feel somewhat “self-righteous” as you reflected on that gift over time?  What do you think Jesus meant when He said we are not to even let our “left hand know what our right hand is doing”?
  6. What is the “magnet” of your life — things in this world or things in heaven?  What does it look like for you to have your treasure in heaven (and not on earth)?
  7. Who is the master of your life?  What would it look like for you to follow Jesus, and not just the “gain” of this world?
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Sermon on the Mount (part 6) Preview

Piety effects your wallet . . . but it is not for sale.  This seems to have been at least part of Jesus’  teaching about giving inside of the Sermon on the Mount.  In this epic sermon, Jesus polishes the tarnish off God’s Law so that we might see the righteousness of God in all its radiant brilliance.  In chapter 5 we saw Jesus clarify God’s righteous standards regarding our anger, thought life, marriages, lying, attitude toward serving, and how we treat our enemies.  In each of these categories, religious leaders had misinterpreted God’s Word and thus developed a standard below God’s best.  In the sermon on the mount, Jesus re-established God’s standard and called people to holy living.

In Matthew 6 (the next section of the sermon on the mount), Jesus talks about a few areas of the a person’s life where their religion shows up:  financial giving, prayer, and fasting.  In Matthew 6:1-4, 19-24, Jesus talks about how our piety will impact what we value and where we spend our money.  However, this clarion call from the Savior also comes with a warning about HOW we should give.  We should not give to “buy” approval from our friends or other people.  This is how the world operates . . . financial investments lead to influence.  However, it is not so in the Kingdom of God.  Since God owns it all anyway, we do not buy influence with our gifts . . . but that does not mean that our gifts are not important! 

This Sunday at Wildwood, we will look at this concept by studying Matthew 6 together.  Join us in our 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 worship service as we worship Jesus together!

“Let’s Eat” Sermon Audio

On Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on John 6:22-40.  This message helped set up our Vacation Bible School week.  The theme for this year’s VBS is “Let’s Eat,” and focuses on how we all can find our seat at God’s Table.  Below you will find the audio from this sermon to listen to or share.

 

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Let’s Eat (Sermon Audio)

 

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“Let’s Eat” Sermon Questions

On Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on John 6:22-40.  This message helped kick off Wildwood’s Vacation Bible School week 2017.  Below are a set of questions related to this message for further reflection or group discussion.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read John 6:22-40
  3. Do you know anyone who is attending or volunteering for VBS this year at Wildwood?  Take a moment each day to pray that God would work in their life this week!
  4. What are some of the ways that following Christ helps you in your life today?  In what way is the “gain” of following Christ in eternity MUCH GREATER than the “gain” in following Christ today?
  5. How are you tempted to rely on other people for spiritual blessing more than on Christ?
  6. What are the deepest “hungers” and “thirsts” of your spiritual life?  How does knowing Christ help satisfy these hungers and thirsts?
  7. Have you trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins?  If not, what is preventing you from trusting Christ as Savior? 
  8. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

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Let’s Eat! Sermon Preview

Three times a day I get hungry.  OK . . . MORE than 3 times a day I get hungry, but 3 times a day (on rhythm) I give into that hunger and eat a meal.  The purpose of this meal is to alleviate my hunger and fuel my body.  As an added bonus, I often get to spend some time with friends or family over that meal:  like many of you, some of the best conversations I have happen over food.

My regular pattern of eating is not unique to me.  You probably recognize it in your own life.  This is how God created us.  He created us as NEEDY creations that must be cared for daily with things like food, water, and rest.  I think God created us this way (in part) so that we would understand the needs we have in our spiritual lives.  I need something outside of myself (food and water) daily to sustain my physical life.  We also need something outside of ourselves (God) to sustain our spiritual lives.  We cannot forgive our own sin.  We cannot create our own righteousness (to a level that pleases our Holy God).  We cannot sustain a life that is pleasing to God on our own.  Therefore, we daily must abide in Jesus to meet our needs.

In the first century, Jesus performed an amazing miracle.  He fed about 12,000 people (5,000 men alone) in John 6.  People LOVED this because they were well aware of their physical needs and hungers.  “FREE LUNCH” is typically a sign that draws a crowd.  However, Jesus knew that the needs of that crowd were greater than simply physical.  That’s why Jesus also preached a message (in John 6:22-40) that let them know that the BEST provision He gave was not a physical meal.  After all, the people were hungry again just a few hours after eating the fish sandwich Jesus made them.  Jesus said that the spiritual bread He gave would be better because if we “ate” this spiritual meal, we would never be hungry or thirsty again.  What is that meal?  How do we get invited to that table?  This is the question we are going to be addressing at Wildwood Community Church on Sunday. 

In our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 worship services, we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper together as we look at the spiritual meal Jesus offers us as “the Bread of Life.”  Hope to see you Sunday as we worship together!  This sermon will help set the stage for our Vacation Bible School theme – “Let’s Eat!” happening all next week at Wildwood.  See you Sunday!

Sermon on the Mount (part 5) Audio

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message based on Matthew 5:17-48.  This message was part 5 of the “Sermon on the Mount” series.  The audio from this message is posted below to listen to or share.

 

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Sermon on the Mount #5

 

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Sermon on the Mount (Part 5) Questions

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 5:17-48.  This message was part 5 of the “Sermon on the Mount” series.  Below are a set of questions for personal reflection or group discussion related to the message.

Sermon Questions:

  1. Pray
  2. Read Matthew 5:17-48
  3. How has the pain of divorce impacted your life?  How does Jesus’ teaching on divorce encourage/discourage you?
  4. Where are you currently being tempted to exact personal revenge for a past hurt?  How does Jesus’ teaching in 5:38-42 challenge you?
  5. Who is someone who feels “unloveable” to you?  How can you begin to love them through prayer this week?
  6. React to John Stott’s comments on this section of the Sermon on the Mount – “Only a belief in the necessity and the possibility of a new birth can keep us from reading the Sermon on the Mount with either foolish optimism or hopeless despair.”
  7. What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?

To access these questions in pdf format, click here.

Sermon on the Mount (part 5) Preview

Imagine you are in High School or college (I know . . . how dare I ask such a question on the first day of summer break!).  Now imagine you have a big test coming up on Tuesday.  How much do you need to study for that test?  The answer (of course) is tied to the nature of the class,  your aptitude for the subject, and the temperament of the teacher. The more complex the subject, the more you would need to study (calculus vs. PE).  The more challenging the subject is for you, the harder you would need to work (“science people” understand science more easily than poets).  The more a teacher was known for their high standards and difficult tests, the harder we would need to work.

I share this thought with you today in preparation for our final look at Matthew 5:17-48 on Sunday at Wildwood Community Church.  In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is defining for us the “righteous” standard of God.  A standard by which we will be judged.  Jesus lets us know that the nature of this “test” is complex – a high standard that we should not relax (Matthew 5:19).  He lets us know that the standard is challenging for all people – calling us to a standard of righteousness that exceeds the most religious people known (Matthew 5:20).  Further, the “teacher” who sits sovereign over this test is God Himself who is HOLY, and uses His holiness as the standard by which He judges the test (Matthew 5:48).  WOW!  With this test on the horizon, how can we stand?

To this end, John Stott offers a good perspective that offers us hope –

“Only a belief in the necessity and the possibility of a new birth can keep us from reading the Sermon on the Mount with either foolish optimism or hopeless despair.” 

As followers of Christ we have a hope to see His righteousness flow through us from the inside out, impacting our marriages (5:31-32) and our relationships with those who seek to do evil against us (5:38-47).  This Sunday we will look at these verses together in our 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 worship services.  Hope to see you there!

Sermon on the Mount (part 4) Sermon Audio

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Matthew 5:17-48.  This was the fourth part in the “Sermon on the Mount” series.  Below I have posted the audio from this message to listen to or share.

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Sermon on the Mount #4

 

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