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Jesus Shows Us How to Embrace Our Limitations (Matthew 4:1-11)

Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Resting in Christ: Summer 2022
Jesus Shows Us How to Embrace Our Limitations (Matthew 4:1-11)
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Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall 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 and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. (Matthew 4:1-11, ESV)

Find rest by embracing:

  • Limit #1: I can’t fix everything
  • Limit #2: I don’t know what’s best
  • Limit #3: I can’t have it all

**This sermon was preached by Steve Stanton of Waypoint Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

With Paul in the School of Missions (Acts 17:16-34)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
With Paul in the School of Missions (Acts 17:16-34)
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This is the 28th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:
1: Paul’s motivation for and method of evangelism in Athens (17:16-21).
2: Paul’s presentation of the Gospel in Athens (17:22-31).
3: The Athenians’ response to the Gospel (17:32-34).

Discussion Questions:
– What brokenness do you see in your community? What sometimes keeps you from seeing it?
– Answering honestly, how do you typically feel when you see brokenness? How can we grow in compassion?
– In what ways is it easy to speak the Gospel to our particular culture? In what ways is it difficult?

A Church, if You Can Keep It (Acts 17:1-15)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
A Church, if You Can Keep It (Acts 17:1-15)
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This is the 27th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The foundation of Gospel-ministry (17:1-4).
  2. The fruit of Gospel-ministry (17:5-9).
  3. The furthering of Gospel-ministry (17:10-15).

Discussion Questions:

  • Where might Jesus be leading your personal world to turn upside down? What tangible steps can you take this week?
  • How could the Gospel turn Falcon upside-down? What tangible steps can our church take?
  • What are your scripture study habits? Is it a daily practice? What tools have you found helpful?

The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 16:11-40)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 16:11-40)
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This is the 26th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. A missionary seeks out Gospel-expansion (16:11-15).
  2. A missionary enters boldly into warfare and difficulty (16:16-24).
  3. A missionary joyfully proclaims the need for belief in Jesus (16:25-34).
  4. A missionary lays down his or her comfort for further Gospel-expansion (16:35-40).

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the ministries God has called you to?
  • How is suffering and spiritual warfare a part of those ministries??
  • What does joy look like in the midst of those ministries?

The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 15:36-16:10)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
The Gospel Comes to Europe (Acts 15:36-16:10)
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This is the 25th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

What Must We Do To Be Saved? (Acts 15:1-35)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
What Must We Do To Be Saved? (Acts 15:1-35)
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This is the 24th sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. The threat against the Gospel (15:1-5).
  2. Peter’s response (15:6-12).
  3. James’ recommendation (15:13-21).
  4. The Council’s ruling (15:22-29).
  5. The Church’s rejoicing (15:30-35).

Discussion Questions:

  • What do you need? If Jesus stood before you and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” how would you answer?
  • If you are honest, what are you tempted to think you need to do in order for Jesus to truly be for you? How is grace better?
  • Family question: What is grace? What is faith? How does Jesus save us?

Behold the Mission of the King (Matthew 28:16-20)

Stand Alone Sermon
Stand Alone Sermon
Behold the Mission of the King (Matthew 28:16-20)
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Sermon Outline:

  1. The call to go and make disciples depends on the authority of King Jesus (v. 16-18).
  2. The call to go and make disciples depends on the command of King Jesus (v. 19-20a).
  3. The call to go and make disciples depends on the promised presence of King Jesus (v. 20b).

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think people struggle with the authority of Jesus?
  • What about you: Are you a doubter or worshipper of King Jesus?
  • Are you discipling or being discipled? What does that relationship look like?
  • Discuss the aim of biblical disciple-making (Romans 8:29).
  • Discuss what the promise of the presence of Jesus means to you.

**This sermon was preached by Ed Davis from missio Dei: Raleigh.

Splendid Strangers (Romans 12:1-5)

missio Dei: Falcon
missio Dei: Falcon
Splendid Strangers (Romans 12:1-5)
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Sermon Summary

The sermon demonstrates the way God has created us to be a body of believers, not being conformed to the world but transformed by the renewal of your mind. We are made for community, to build one another up as Ephesians 4:15-16 says.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some things in our lives that push us towards isolation? What are some ways we can remove or better manage those things?
  • What do you think “members of one another” could look like in the context of our church?
  • Does anyone have needs at your table you could pray for?

A Blueprint for a Faithful Ministry (Acts 14:1-28)

Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
Acts: Jesus Builds His Church
A Blueprint for a Faithful Ministry (Acts 14:1-28)
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This is the 23rd sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.

Sermon Outline:

  1. If Jesus is with you, you are able to do ministry amidst difficulty (14:1-7).
  2. If Jesus is with you, you don’t need from people what God alone deserves (14:8-20).
  3. If Jesus is with you, you can encourage others because Jesus is with them too. (14:21-28).

Discussion Questions:

  • What are the ministries (Areas God has given you opportunities to exert influence for the good of the Kingdom) you currently have? How does this passage encourage you in those works?
  • In Acts 14:27 the church gathers to celebrate all that God has done through Paul and Barnabas during their 2 year journey. What can your table celebrate regarding all that God has done in the last 2 years?

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Stand Alone Sermon
Stand Alone Sermon
Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)
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Sermon Summary:

This Sunday we had the privilege to hear from one of our previous elders, Perry Marshall. Perry taught through the passage on “taming the tongue”. James warns of the power and harm that can come from our tongues. In seeking to be not just hearers of the Word, but also doers, Perry encouraged us to recognize the significance of this part of the body. Most of us have been built up by someone else’s words, but also hurt by them. It “ought not be so”, and we need not look any farther than Jesus for grace when we have a slip of the tongue. What comes out of our mouth points to the condition of our heart, and reminds us all the more that we are sinners in need of the saving grace of Jesus.

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you ever had a time where someone’s words lifted you up or inspired you? What happened? 
  • In what situations or circumstances do you find it most difficult to tame your tongue? 
  • How can the link between our words and our hearts help us lean more heavily on the grace of God given through Jesus?

**This sermon was preached by Perry Marshall from Calvary Bible Church in Boulder, Colorado.