Matthew

Ascent | week 8

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Summary -  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:15-27

Ascent | week 7

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Summary - “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:19-34

Ascent | week 6

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Summary - “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:7-15

Ascent | week 5

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Summary - “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4, 16-18

Ascent | week 4

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Summary - “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:38-48

Ascent | week 3

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Summary - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. Matthew 5:27-37

Ascent | week 2

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Summary -  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20

Ascent | week 1

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Summary -  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-11

HERE & not yet | week 1

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Series – HERE & not yet

Summary - Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Short Stories: Hope | Matthew 22:1-14 | August 6

Series – Short Stories: Hope

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart.  

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 11

Short Stories: Faith | Matthew 20:1-16 | July 16

Series – Short Stories: Faith

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart. 

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 8

Short Stories: Faith | Matthew 25:14-30 | July 2

Series – Short Stories: Faith

Summary - Jesus was the master storyteller. Mathematics is precise, but math lacks the ability to connect the human heart. To connect a truth to people you need something more profound than a precise calculation, you need a story. Stories and metaphors connect to the human condition and speak to the human heart. Jesus’ stories are simple, but we could swim in the depths of them endlessly. Jesus’ stories are not meant to write a precise prescription, but they are meant to stir the heart to contemplation. In this series we are going to contemplate and study the Short Stories of Jesus and will be wading through the depths of these stories as they instruct the human heart. 

CG Guide - Short Stories | week 6

the neighboring church | February 26

Series – the Neighboring Church

Summary - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

In this message series will explore what it means to Love Your Neighbor and encourage, coach, and support you in fulfilling Christ’s command.

Resource - Telling Your Story

the neighboring church | February 19

Series – the Neighboring Church

Summary - “Love The Lord Your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength AND Love your neighbor as yourself.”  This was Jesus’ answer to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  You see, you can’t really love God without loving your neighbor and you can’t really love your neighbor without loving God. They go together!

The Neighboring life is about more intentionally loving the people around us and; specifically our literal neighbors.  It’s a call to be aware of what’s happening around us. It’s a call to look for ways to jump in and act when God nudges us. 

In this message series will explore what it means to Love Your Neighbor and encourage, coach, and support you in fulfilling Christ’s command.

CG Guide - the Neighboring Church | Week 4

Resource - Block Party

A Life of Prayer | June 19 | Matthew 6:9-13

Series – A Life of Prayer

Summary: Prayer is real talk with your Dad. We should not mistake our heavenly Father with any ordinary Father. Our Holy Father is ridiculously incredible, yet amazingly approachable. We should never mistake prayer with a formal conversation we might have with a business partner. Prayer is more like a vulnerable private conversation with a parent. Prayer changes things and prayer changes us. Let’s engage in this study together to unlock some of the richness and power present in our ordinary life of prayer.

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | A Life of Prayer | Week 3

 

the weary world rejoices | matthew 2:13-23

matthew 2:13-23 | by rodger rushing | january 3, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | The Weary World Rejoices | Week 4

the weary world rejoices | matthew 1:18-25

matthew 1:18-25 | by nate bush | december 20, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

the weary world rejoices | matthew 1:1-17

matthew 1:1-17 | by nate bush | december 13, 2015

Series – The Weary World Rejoices

Summary: When we sing songs like Silent Night, we might be tempted to overly sanitize the birth of Jesus. Jesus was born into a broken world in a scandalize way. The way the story of Jesus begins is very stressful. The world is a weary place. Jesus was born into the weariness of this world. It is, however, because of Jesus that a weary world rejoices. We know that Jesus is our redeemer and rescuer. We know that Jesus was born into a weary world to end all weariness. For this reason the weary world can and does rejoice. 

ResourcesCommunity Group Guide | The Weary World Rejoices | Week 1,  video for CGs