SERMON – Matthew 6:19-34 – The King’s Sermon (Part 5) – A Cure for Worry


Matthew 6:19-34 - The King's Speech (Part 5)

A Cure for Worry

Preached by Andrew Ruth

"Pagans worry about such things..."

Jesus diagnoses our worry as a spiritual problem, based in a misunderstanding about how much God loves us and provides for us. When we don't understand the good news of Jesus, we store up treasures and when our trust is in wealth, we cannot help but worry. 

SERMON – Matthew 6:1-18 – The King’s Speech – Lost Treasures and Their Hidden Rewards


Matthew 6:1-18 - The King's Speech (Part 4)

Lost Treasures and Their Hidden Rewards

Preached by Andrew Ruth

In this sermon we discuss the lost treasures of the spiritual disciplines, especially alms, prayer, and fasting. Jesus assumed we would do these things, and we see in Acts 15, that when the church at Antioch did this things, God gave them a mission and a willingness that changed the world. We fast and pray because we want God to use Oakland like he used Antioch, to start a missionary movement that rocks the world and spreads the gospel to people not yet aware of Jesus' love and saving death.

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – June 28 – July 5

Matt 5.17-37B Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 2B)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. What stands out on your second time reading these texts?
  2. Last time we mainly talked about the role of God’s Word in our lives, this time let’s look deeper at each command.
  3. What does Ephesians tell us about our anger? How should we manage it? Is it always sinful? When does it become sinful?
  4. How are anger and lying and oath taking all linked together?
  5. What does God want for your sexuality according to 1 Thess 4? Your sex life? How important is this according to Paul in 1 Thess 4?
  6. What is God mad about in Malachi 2:13-16? How might this critique and correct our culture’s approach to marriage and divorce?
  7. What does it mean to let your “Yes be Yes” and “No be No”? How is that different from “maybe?” How can you answer more definitively this week?
  8. What does Numbers 23:19 tell us about God? Why is this good news concerning our salvation? How scary would it be if God could at anytime change His mind or lose His temper?

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Weekly Bible Reading Plan – June 21 – June 28

Matt 5.17-37A Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 2A)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. What does Jesus say about the Law and commands of God? What do you think he means?
  2. How does Jesus quote and interpret the Ten Commandments (Deut 5)? Does he make them easier or harder? Does this surprise you? Why do you think God gave us the 10 Commandments?
  3. Of the Jesus’ commands, which one is the most personal to you? How does it make you feel? How do you think it made the original audience feel? Why does Jesus say them even if the commands make us uncomfortable? How are these verses Good News?
  4. What does the author of Psalm 119 think about God’s Word? Why does he love it? What does he do with it?
  5. How are you like or different from the author of Ps 119? How do you feel about the Word of God? What would your life look like if you felt like the author of Ps 119 does?
  6. How can you learn to love God’s Word and trust it’s instructions more this week? What sins do you need to confess and start to battle?

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SERMON – Matthew 4:12-25 – Behind Enemy Lines (Part 2)


Matthew 4:12-25 - Behind Enemy Lines (Part 2)

On the Offensive

Preached by Andrew Ruth

As Jesus begins his active ministry he selects the PLACE, the PEOPLE, and the PROGRAM.


Jesus begins and focuses his ministry on the frontier, in Galilee of the Gentiles, where Jewish and non-Jewish (Gentile) folk mingle and mix. 
We too, should locate ourselves and our ministries on the frontiers, where Christians and non-Christians mix, that we might introduce people to the living God through Jesus Christ.  We are to be BRACKISH Christians.


Jesus chooses the PEOPLE he ministers with.
1. Jesus chooses a few. He goes deep with a few, and so we should focus primarily on making disciples of a few folks, and going deep with them. 
2. Jesus calls who he wants, because he wants. Jesus chooses his disciples, they do not choose him. Jesus chooses them, not because of anything they did or possess, but simply because he wills them to be his disciples. 1 Cor 1:19ff.
3. Jesus does not call the qualified, Jesus qualifies the called. 2 Cor 3:5ff.


Jesus calls people to FOLLOW and FISH.
To FOLLOW means to Accompany, to Imitate, and to Obey. To be WITH, to be LIKE, and to be UNDER.
To FISH means disciples make disciples. Spiritual reproduction is constitutive of discipleship. 

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – June 14-21

Matt 5.1-18 Reading Slide - The Kings Speech (part 1)

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. What does it mean to be “blessed”? Who do you consider blessed? What are some blessings you pray for?
  2. Who does Jesus call blessed? Why do you think he calls these people blessed?
  3. How does Jesus’ “blessed” redefine the world “blessed?”
  4. In Luke 4, Jesus uses Isaiah 61:1-3, as his mission statement, how does he accomplish this in Matt 5?
  5. Where do you see the fruit of the Spirit around you? Who do you see producing the most?
  6. What do you think it means to “lead a quiet life” (1 Thess 4:9-12)? Why does he want us to lead such a life?
  7. When Jesus calls us Salt and Light, what do you think he means? What is Light good for? Salt? How is light and salt both a good thing and bad thing sometimes?
  8. Paul in 2 Cor 2:14-17, describes us as “aroma” that is pleasing to some and abhorrent to others. Why so?

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SERMON – Matthew 4:1-11 – Behind Enemy Lines (Part 1) – Temptation of Jesus


Matthew 4:1-11 - Behind Enemy Lines (Part 1)

Temptation of Jesus

Preached by Andrew Ruth

3 General Truths about Temptation

First, the Devil Tempts, God Tests.
You are most vulnerable to the Devil, when you feel closest to God.
There are no new temptation, only new versions of the same old temptations.

Jesus endured 3 Temptations - the same temptations we endure.

Stones to Bread. 

This is the temptation to pleasure myself. This is the temptation to satisfy my desires right now, my way, and not Gods. This is the temptation to believe that God only loves you if you have what you want when you want it how you want it.

Throw yourself off the Temple.

First Satan tempted Jesus with Pleasure, now he tempts him with Proof. Satan says, “If you’re the son of God, prove that God loves you and that God will rescue you, by putting yourself in a stupid, uselessly dangerous situation that God force God to rescue you.”

Bow down and worship me.

This last temptation is the temptation to Promote myself. This is the occult temptation of “The ends justify the means.” Jesus is being tempted to seemingly accomplish the right thing, the wrong way. He is tempted to accomplish God’s goals using the Devil’s methods.

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – May 31 – June 7

Matt 4.1-11 - Reading Plan Slide 5.31-6.7

 Questions to Guide You:

  1. Who led Jesus into the desert? Why was Jesus led into the wilderness?
  2. Who tempts us? How does he tempt us? What does he tempt us to do?
  3. What did the Devil tempt Jesus with? What happens if he turns stone into bread? Commands angels to carry him in front of Israel? Worships the Devil?
  4. What did the Devil use to argue with Jesus that he should give in? What did Jesus use to shoot down these temptations?
  5. How can you be like Jesus when tempted?
  6. How can Jesus’ temptation and Heb 2:17-18 and Heb 4:15-16 encourage you?
  7. Jesus is led into the wilderness to be tempted, immediately following an awesome experience of God the Father’s love in baptism. Have you ever experienced temptation after a “mountain top” experience?
  8. What does 1 Cor 10 promise us in ever temptation?

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SERMON – Matthew 1:18-23 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3) – Born of the Spirit


Matthew 1:18-25 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3)

Born of the Spirit

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 1:18-25

(Wonder why we call this "The Snow Globe Kingdom?" We explain it here.)

3 Things the Holy Spirit does.

Story shows us 3 things the Holy Spirit does. 

We see that the HOLY SPIRIT,
1.) Brings order out of chaos.
2.) New Creation of brokenness.
3.) Conceives Jesus as a human, and in human hearts and minds. 

2 Names of Jesus

2 Names tell us who Jesus is and what Jesus will do.

1.) Jesus - Because He, Himself, will save his people from their sins.
2.) Emmanuel - God With Us.

Joseph’s 1 Choice

Joseph still has a choice.
1. Will Joseph abort the King or will he humiliate himself to welcome God's Kingdom?