03 Jun Shock and Awe – Matthew 9:1-17

  Click HERE to open a pdf copy of the leader guide. Introduction (Matthew 7:29; 8:16, 26; Luke 4:40-41)   I. Jesus offers people shocking ABSOLUTION. (Matthew 9:1-8; 8:13; John 4:44; 3:5, 16; 1 John 2:2; Colossians 2:14; Acts 22:16)    II. Jesus calls people with a shocking ACCEPTANCE.  (Matthew 9:9-13; Hosea 6:6; Romans...

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27 May Walking the Narrow Road – Matthew 8:18-34

  Click HERE to open a pdf copy of the leader guide.   Introduction (Matthew 8:18; 28:19; 26:11; Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 4:17)    On the narrow road, we must:   I. Choose SACRIFICE over SECURITY.   (Matthew 8:19-20; 7:13, 24; Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 14:28; 1 Corinthians 6:20)    II. Prioritize FOLLOWING over FAMILY. (Matthew 8:21-22; Luke 14:26;...

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20 May Touched by Jesus – Matthew 8:1-17

  Click HERE for a pdf copy of the leader guide.   Introduction (Matthew 7:28-29)    I. Jesus has the authority to heal the UNCLEAN. (Matthew 8:1-4; Leviticus 13:45; Isaiah 1:18; 1 Peter 2:24)    II. Jesus has the authority to heal the UNWORTHY. (Matthew 8:5-13; Isaiah 55:11)    III. Jesus has the authority to heal the...

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13 May Empty Words, Empty Hearts – Matthew 7:13-27

  Click HERE for a pdf copy of the leader guide.   Introduction - 3 Areas of Warning (Acts 20:29-31)  THEOLOGICAL deception (Titus 2:1)  FALSE PROPHET deception (Matthew 7:15)  SELF – deception (Matthew 7:13-16, 21-27; 5:20-22, 43, 48)   I. Empty Words (Matthew 7:21; John 14:15; 8:31; James 1:22)  A. Becoming a Christian isn’t...

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06 May Three Priority Lessons – Matthew 7:7-12

  Click HERE for a pdf copy of the leader's guide.   Introduction (Mark 12:30)   I. PRAY persistently. (Matthew 7:1 ESV; Matthew 7:7-8) A.  We ask Him for things we NEED. B.  We seek Him for ANSWERS. C.  We knock on His door for OPPORTUNITIES. (Matthew 5:3)   II. TRUST implicitly. A.  God is KIND and WANTS to meet...

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22 Apr Heart Exam – Matthew 6:19-34

  Click HERE for a pdf version of the leader guide.   Introduction: The Kingdom is all about the HEART. (Matthew 22:37)   I.  Where is your TREASURE? (Matthew 6:19-21) A.  The principle: The location of your MONEY reveals the condition of your HEART. (1 Corinthians 16:2; Exodus 23:19; Malachi 3:8; Luke 11:42; Matthew 23:23) B. ...

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08 Apr Model of Prayer – Matthew 6:5-13

  Click HERE for a pdf version of the leader guide.   Introduction (Luke 11:1)   Replace public PERFORMANCE with PRIVATE conversation. (Matthew 6:5-6; Luke 5:16; 6:12; Mark 1:35)    Replace eloquent FLUENCY with words of FAITH. (Matthew 6:7-8; 21:22; James 1:6)    Replace mindless RITUAL with meaningful RELATIONSHIP.     Conclusion The HEART of prayer is...

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