After Words - Sermon notes
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February 3, 2019, 3:03 PM

Matthew Study - February 3

Tell about the most dynamic, influential, or memorable preacher you have ever heard speak. What made them special?


If possible, tell about the preacher, teacher, or church leader who made the biggest impact on your faith.


“Repent” is defined as “to feel regret for what one has done.” What should we repent about (see Matthew 3:2)? How is this like Matthew 4:17?


John the Baptist is described in some unflattering ways (Matthew 3:4) but crowds came out to see him. Why do you think that was?


John the Baptist seemed to attack the religious leaders (Matthew 3:7-12). Why do you think he did that? Do you think it has anything to do with Jesus’ story?


Does John the Baptist’s warnings in Matthew 3:11-12 fit with what Jesus preached and did? How does it, or how does it not?


If you are willing, share your opinion on when it is appropriate to be baptized. Can infants be baptized or should the person be an adult?


What is your understanding of the meaning of Baptism? Is it a time when your sins are washed away, when you are marked as belonging to God, or a time to begin a life dedicated to God?


If Jesus is God in human form, and therefore perfect, why was he baptized?


Talk about what you do to resist temptation.


Why do you think the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted?


Talk about what lesson Jesus’ temptation teaches you.


If possible, share how you feel when you know God has forgiven you or is with you in a difficult time.


What are your feelings about Matthew 4:11?


We often overlook certain details about Jesus. One such detail is in Matthew 4:13. What do we learn about Jesus here?


February 1, 2019, 3:08 PM

Matthew Study - January 27

Do you know your heritage? Talk about how far back in your family tree you can go.


Tell about any famous (or infamous) or special relatives or ancestors you have.


Talk about what your family’s past means to you. Is it important?


Why is it important for us to know the family tree of Jesus?


How might Matthew 1:2 be connected to Genesis 12:2-3?


How might Matthew 1:5 be connected to Joshua 2:12-14 and Ruth 4:1-12?


The name “Jesus” is actually the Greek version of the name “Joshua,” which means “the Lord is salvation.” Why is this important?


What are the details of the Christmas story presented in Matthew?


What was the most important or most memorable birthday gift you ever received?


Can you name the three gifts the Magi brought?


Some scholars believe the three gifts were symbolic. What might the gifts represent?

Gift One (???) =

Gift Two (???) =

Gift Three (???) =


In Matthew 1:20-21 to whom does an angel appear?


An angel appears to Joseph in Matthew 2:13 and Matthew 2:19-20. Why do you think Joseph is the only one who hears from an angel?


Tell about the worst thing that happened when you were a child – something that either happened to you or happened somewhere else but you knew about it (like a car accident, a house fire, a Kennedy assassination, and so on).


Part of the Christmas story is “The Massacre of the Innocents” (Matthew 2:16-18). What feelings does this bring about in you? Does this affect your view of God?


December 23, 2018, 7:20 PM

After Words December 23

Tell about someone who has shown you love.



Talk about the many ways we can express our love without using words.



Talk about one thing you did this week to express love to another.



Talk about the specific parts of the Christmas story that speak to you about love.



The Bible tells us, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) How can we live out this instruction?



Talk about how you might share God’s love with someone else this week.


December 9, 2018, 4:17 PM

After Words December 9

Tell about the nicest thing you ever did for someone else.



Tell about a time when you helped out someone else with their finances or food.



Explain your reasons for doing something nice for another person.



Talk about what you know about Joseph from the Christmas story. What have you learned about him?



Romans 3:23-24 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” What does this mean to you?



Describe your understanding of why God has redeemed us through Jesus.


December 3, 2018, 8:30 AM

After Words December 2

Talk about what is the most difficult or challenging part of the Christmas holiday to you.



Tell about the most expensive gift you ever received.



Tell about a gift you bought or made that required the most effort.



What does the price of a gift or the effort behind the gift say about the person receiving the gift?



Matthew 2:11 says of the Magi, “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” How can you worship Christ at Christmas?



Joshua 24:15 says, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” How might you live this out this Christmas?


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