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.

SERMON – Matthew 5:17-37 – What Jesus Thinks of The Bible

 

Matthew 5:17-37 - The King's Speech (Part 2)

What Jesus Thinks of The Bible

Preached by Andrew Ruth

 In this sermon, we see how Jesus interprets and fulfills the Old Testament, especially the 10 Commandments. We see that Jesus hates sin in our lives and advices us to kill it at all costs. We find that the gospel of grace demands radical repentance.

 

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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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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