Matthew

When You Pray… (Matthew 6:5-15)

Intro / Review:

When You Pray… (Matthew 6:5-15)

Four Marks of Real Prayer.

PRIVATE (Mat 6:5-6)

PERSONAL (Mat 6:7-8)

PROPORTIONED (Mat 6:9-13)

PRACTICAL (Mat 6:14-15)

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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 6:5-15

GROUP

1. What was your big “take-away” from this passage / message?

2. “Your secret prayer life is your real prayer life” (v5-6). Do you agree or disagree? Why?

3. How balanced are your prayers (Praise, Purpose, Provision)?

4. What do you think motivates people to pray in a way to be noticed / applauded by others (v5)?

BREAKOUT

According to Jesus’ instructions (the 4 P’s in the sermon - Private, Personal, Proportioned, Practical), rate your prayer life so far in 2019 on a scale of 1-10. What do you need to do to give yourself a better score?

Pray for one another - to grow as prayers in these areas.

When You Give...

Intro:

The Secret to Giving is Giving in Secret.

  1. When You Make Giving KNOWN, People Reward You. (Matt 6:2)

    ACTION

    AMOUNT

    ATTITUDE

  2. When You Make Giving SECRET, God Rewards You. (Matt 6:3-4)

    SPIRITUAL

    MATERIAL

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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 6:1-4

GROUP

  1. Be an armchair psychologist: Why do you think people naturally want others’ attention when they give? Be honest - have you ever given, hoping that someone would know?

  2. Do you think “giving to get a reward” (Matt 6:4) is a wrong motivation? Defend your answer.

  3. What are the rewards God gives “secret” givers? Be specific.

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another to give as Christ commanded - secretly.

Don't Myth Christmas - Part 2

Christmas POP QUIZ:

  1. The "Wise Men" were at the manger scene when Jesus was born. T   |   F
  2. The Bible says there were three Wise Men. T   |   F
  3. The Bible says the Wise Men rode on camels. T   |   F
  4. The Wise Men were kings. T   |   F
  5. The Wise Men were Oriental and Ethiopian. T   |   F

Intro:

  • WISE MEN:
  • CHIEF PRIESTS:
  • HEROD:

Which Character Are You? (Matt 2:1-16)

  1. Herod: I'm King of my Life, not Jesus.
  2. Chief Priests: The King is born? Meh .
  3. Wise Men: I will Worship the king.
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3 Things to Worship Like the Wise Men:

  1. Pursue Him
  2. Humble yourself before Him
  3. Give to Him

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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 2:1-16

GROUP

  1. What surprised you the most about the story of the Wise Men and Herod? What myths have you believed about this account (e.g., there were three of them, they were there right when Jesus was born, etc)?

  2. What is the significance of the gifts given in Matt 2:11? Why is giving a part of worship?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

Don't Myth Christmas - Part 1

Intro:

John 8:41 - ...They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father--even God."

Why I Believe Jesus Was Born of a Virgin:

  1. It is the Straightforward teaching of scripture.

    Genesis 3:15 - I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring...

  2. God is Able to do it.

    Luke 1:37 - Nothing will be impossible with God.

  3. It is Essential for salvation.
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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 1:18-25

GROUP

  1. Why is the virgin birth an essential doctrine of our faith? What would it mean if Jesus WAS just “Joseph’s son”?

  2. Why do you think so many churches / pastors / Christians deny the straightforward teaching of God’s Word regarding the virgin birth? What reasons would motivate someone to deny it?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

1 Word from the Tomb

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"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"

Review: Matthew 28:6

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
Matthew 28:6

  1. Why do you think nobody saw Jesus actually resurrect, they just saw the empty tomb at first?

  2. Why is the resurrection the focal point of faith? Why is believing Jesus resurrected the most important thing (See Romans 10:9)?

  3. How does the resurrection of Jesus Christ impact your daily living today?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.