• Matthew 7:24-27

    Kevin Thompson

    March 31, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. How does the teaching in the Sermon on the Mount assist us during tough times?
    2. Describe a time in your life when you discovered your foundation was weak.
    3. How does the first Beatitude influence our reading of the story of the house on the rock?
    4. How can appearances deceive us into thinking our foundation is solid when it's not?

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  • Matthew 7:21-23

    Kevin Thompson

    March 24, 2013

     

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  • Matthew 7:15-20

    Ed Saucier

    March 17, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Describe a time when you chose to follow the wrong person (in business, school, faith, etc). What led you astray?
    2. What is the difference between judging in Matthew 7:1 and this passage?
    3. What are some "fruits" that help us recognize whether a prophet is true or false?
    4. Does the Sermon on the Mount describe good fruit or does it describe the characteristics of a healthy tree? Explain your answer.

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  • Matthew 7:12-14

    Ed Saucier

    March 10, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. How is the positive wording of the Golden Rule more difficult to obey than the negative wording of "don't do unto others what you don't want them to do to you?"
    2. Walk through each section of the Sermon on the Mount and describe how the teaching is a fulfillment of Matthew 7:12.
    3. Give an example of when the wide gate led to a bad outcome, but the narrow gate led to a better outcome.
    4. What is the connection between the Golden Rule and the first beatitude?
    5. What is the connection between this passage and last week's passage?

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  • Matthew 7:7-11

    Kevin Thompson

    March 3, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why is prayer the most logical response to the Sermon on the Mount?
    2. Why do we pray more for our sick bodies than our sick hearts?
    3. Which characteristic described in the Sermon on the Mount would you most like to possess? What would it look like to seek it?
    4. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus and if so, how do you know?
    5. What is one thing the group can ask of God on your behalf?

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  • Matthew 7:1-6

    Shelton Markham

    February 24, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Within the context of the Sermon on the Mount, why is the warning against judgment necessary?
    2. Why is judging others is a corruption of God’s created order?
    3. How does this passage speak to the way we commonly use labels and stereotypes?
    4. In what ways have you seen Matthew 7:1 misused or misapplied? How have you misused this verse?
    5. How does the Beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit," relate to this passage?
    6. How can we stand for what is right and against what is wrong while still obeying the heart of this passage?

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  • Matthew 6:25-34

    Ed Saucier

    February 17, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What are some of the most common causes of worry?
    2. What do you worry about the most?
    3. How does worrying help?
    4. How is worrying a sympton of pride?
    5. How can the Lord's prayer be an antidote of worry?

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  • Matthew 6:19-24

    Kevin Thompson

    February 10, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. How is temptation a result of bad vision?
    2. Describe ways in which God's kingdom looks different than our world.
    3. What are some examples of things we see incorrectly compared to how God sees them?
    4. How does Philippians 4:8 relate to Matthew 6:22-23?
    5. What are some ways in which we can train our eyes to see the good in life?

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  • Matthew 6:19-24

    Kevin Thompson

    February 3, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Would your satisfaction in life be greater if your income significantly increased?
    2. Would a demotion at work deeply attack your self-worth?
    3. Do you view giving as an obligation or as a joyful opportunity?
    4. Are your annual expenses significantly different from your friends who have a similar income but no real connection with Christ?
    5. Do you feel a responsibility to use the resources given to you to make a difference for Christ?
    6. Do you feel superior or inferior to others because of your job title or income?
    7. Would you do more for others if you had more?
    8. Do you assume people who make more money than you live an easier life?
    9. Do you recognize that everything you have is a gift from God which you do not deserve?
    10. If offered 1 million dollars to denounce Christ, would you take the money?

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  • Matthew 6:9-15

    Shelton Markham

    January 27, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What are some ways we "look gloomy" to show people we are obeying God?
    2. How do we obey this passage without lying?
    3. Why would God desire us to fast?
    4. What are some lessons we learn while fasting?
    5. What prevents us from fasting?

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  • Matthew 6:9-15

    Kevin Thompson

    January 20, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why do you think we've had so many sermons on forgiveness in the past year?
    2. Of all the issues in the Lord’s Prayer, which would you assume Jesus would discuss in verses 14-15?
    3. How does unforgiveness hurt the person who won't forgive?
    4. How does unforgiveness reveal an ignorance about the Cross?
    5. Why is saying "forgive me" and "I forgive you" important instead of simply saying "don't worry about it?"

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  • Matthew 6:1

    Kevin Thompson

    January 13, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. What makes you most uncertain about praying?
    2. Who has taught you the most about prayer? What have you learned?
    3. What phrase in the Lord's Prayer means the most to you? Why?
    4. How does the word "our" make the prayer different then if it said "my?"
    5. What prevents you from praying more?

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  • Matthew 6:1-4

    Kevin Thompson

    January 6, 2013

     

    Discussion Questions

    1. Why do we seek the praise of others?
    2. What are some subtle ways in which we announce our good works?
    3. What is your plan for giving in 2013?
    4. What are some ways we can give without letting our left hand know what our right is doing?

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