Jesus Shows Us How to Embrace Our Limitations (Matthew 4:1-11)
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)
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?
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.
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)
This is the 23rd sermon in our series Acts: Jesus Builds His Church.
If Jesus is with you, you are able to do ministry amidst difficulty (14:1-7).
If Jesus is with you, you don’t need from people what God alone deserves (14:8-20).
If Jesus is with you, you can encourage others because Jesus is with them too. (14:21-28).
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?
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.
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?
Creating the space for all people to ENCOUNTER the person of Jesus through the transforming study of His Word, EXPERIENCE the love of Jesus through the love of His people, and ENGAGE the work of Jesus through missional discipleship.