COMPANION GUIDE FOR

SERMON ON THE MOUNT

MATTHEW CH 6

 

Greetings!

Thanks for picking up this booklet. It is a result of a lot of study, prayer, and reflection on our community at Restoration Church Camano Island.

Our hope for Restoration Church is to love and obey God more through the hearing, reading, studying, meditating on, memorizing, and applying the Bible. This guide is written for this aim. Our methods are to be Biblical, simple, and reproducible. It is not comprehensive, but it will aid you in practical application of prayer, reading, meditation, and discussion with others.

The Christian life is meant to be lived with others. We gather for worship. This is essential! Every believer needs others to grow. You cannot do it alone. So, gather with another one, two, or a few outside your household for community. Share a meal, go for a walk, schedule a visit to read God’s word, reflect on the passage, ask each other the questions, and pray for each other to grow healthily in Christ as you live out God’s mission.

We are praying for God to build your life deeper and stronger with Him by applying Scripture to all of your life. We are asking God to help you know the freedom and joy in following Him in EVERY area of life. We are asking for God to transform our families and church into a community of grace and truth making much of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:2

Pastor Troy 

WEEK 1 Sermon Notes

 

Main text:                                                                     Matthew 6:1-18

            

WEEK 1 Gospel Community Questions

 

What was your best Halloween costume ever?

How are costumes different than the ‘real’ person?

 READ:         MATTHEW 5&6

FOCUS:      MATTHEW 6:1-4

 Jesus just finished proclaiming a perfect standard of righteousness. Then warns immediately after about hypocrisy. What is the result of ‘practicing your righteousness’ before other people? (6:1).

 How do you be a light to the world while practicing righteousness and not ‘in order to be seen?’

 What does Jesus say about giving to the poor in vs2-4?

 Jesus does not mean no one should ever know about our giving.

(See Acts 4:36-37 and 2 Co 8:1-5-Barnabas and the Macedonian churches.) When people want others to notice their giving, what reward do they receive?

 How can you make sure your actions point people to God?

 Reflect on your actions over the past week. In what ways did your actions show you more concerned with people’s praise? And in what ways with God’s reward?

 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                                                                           

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application: 
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests

 WEEK 2 Sermon Notes

 Main text: MATTHEW 6:5-15                                                                                        

Supporting texts:                           

 WEEK 2 Gospel Community Questions

 Would you rather give a speech to 1000s of people or clean a honey-bucket with a toothbrush after the Evergreen State Fair?

 READ:            MATTHEW 5&6

FOCUS:          MATTHEW 6:5-15

 Jesus warns about praying for show. How does he describe ‘praying like the hypocrites?’ (v5)

 Read Luke 18:9-14. What do the Pharisee and the tax collector emphasize in their prayers?

 Do you pray differently in front of others? Should you? When you pray publicly-how can you make sure you are exalting God and not your self?

 Since God knows all you need before you ask Him, why pray at all?

 Notice the plural voice in vs9-13. It is our, us, and we. What are the implications?

What does Jesus emphasize about God in this prayer?

 What implications are made by calling God “our Father?” (Gal 4:4-7)

 What requests does Jesus make in this prayer?

What petitions do you bring to God in prayer?

How will this time together change the way you pray?

            For yourself? This group? Your church? The world?

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

WEEK 3 Sermon Notes

Main text:                             MATTHEW 6:16-19

Supporting texts:              

WEEK 3 Gospel Community Questions

 What is your favorite go-to self-comfort food?

 READ:                  MATTHEW 5&6

FOCUS:                MATTHEW 6:16-19

 There is a slang term for the noticeable irritability a person has when they feel hungry. This irritability is called ‘HANGRY.’ How do you know when you are getting hangry? Did you notice or did someone else?

 Jesus continues teaching about genuine actions over hypocritical actions-now turns his attention to fasting. Fasting was typically connected with prayer and worship related to confession of sin or seeking God more

 Jesus makes it clear that fasting is acceptable communion/connection with God. How does willfully abstaining from food or other thing bring about a deeper understanding of God?

 What type of connection happens between a person’s appetites/intakes and the heart? What do your appetites say about your faith in God?

 Fasting express a dependence upon God’s sustaining power over the natural/physical things of this world. How can you express your dependence upon God for confession of sin or seeking a better relationship with him through fasting?

 (Some people may not be able to fast from food for extended periods of time. Identify other ‘staples’ one could fast from. Examples:  Social media/internet, retail therapy/shopping, TV/sports/movies, junk food/sweets/alcohol.)

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

 FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

WEEK 4 Sermon Notes

 Main text:                             MATTHEW 6:20-34

Supporting texts:               

 

WEEK 4 Gospel Community Questions

 What is necessary to be secure in life? A house? A job? A car? Your phone?

 READ:                  MATTHEW 5&6

FOCUS:                MATTHEW 6:20-34

 What kind of earthly treasures do you regularly seek?

 How does Jesus relate hypocrisy with the contrast of earthly treasure with heavenly treasure? (Vs 6:1-6 & 6:16-18)

 Jesus uses the ‘heart’ and the ‘eye’ to illustrate a person’s priorities. What do you set yours and heart on?

 Why does Jesus transition from talking about accumulating earthly treasures to worry? How are they related?

 What is the relationship between worry and faith? (See Mt 6:30 8:26, and 14:31) What does Jesus say we ought do rather than worry? (6:32)

 How do we go about seeking the Kingdom? (compare 5:3-12, 19-20)

 Pray for you, this group, and our church to seek God’s kingdom rather than worry for our own safety or security.

 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

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