Trust God for salvation - Matthew 5:2
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(A1) Open the session with prayer
(A2) Did you read through session 7 and answer the questions? The more time and effort you put into the study the more impact it'll have on your and your friend's lives.
(A3) How many days did you spend at least a few minutes reading the Bible? How many days did you send a text of the Bible verse you liked the most from your reading?
(A4) Did you make you weekly phone call to encourage and pray with the person that was on your right?
(A5) "Relationship with God" message by Francis Chan - Messages - Watch
(1) Did you listen to the message?
(2) What did you think of it?
(3) Not saying go to church and start obeying the rules and it'll change you. No the bible says when you believe in Jesus his Spirit will literally enter into you body. And he'll change your heart. ... It's not that you are forcing yourself to change. He'll change your heart so that you'll become good soil and you'll actually want his commands. He'll change you from the inside out. 22:02
(4) Some are saying "I've seen church people, their lives are no better than mine". ... (Francis Chan says) I believe that the majority of people who attend church in the United States do not really know Jesus Christ. ... If the spirit of God is inside of you it should change everything.
(5) Jesus is saying "Do you believe I died on the cross for you?"
(6) Are you ready to follow Jesus now? Are you ready to deny yourself, to take up your cross and follow him? I want that heart change now. Not going to do it with everybody's eyes shut. If you want to live a different life from here on now, I'm asking you to do something bold, to stand and raise your hand.
(A6) Did you listen to Matthew chapters 16-20?
(A7) Click here to view the applications and split into groups of 2 and work on saying word perfect from memory Applications 1-6. Once you're back in the big group have everyone say the applications by memory.
(A8) Who did you teach the Sermon on the Mount to last week?
(1) How is it going?
(2) How far did you get with them?
(3) Have they started teaching someone else?
(B) The Beatitudes
(B1) Matthew 5:3-10 "God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
(4) God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
(5) God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
(6) God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
(7) God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
(8) God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
(9) God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
(10) God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."
(1) Jesus starts off his sermon with a pocket guide to his sermon with 8 easily memorizable keys to living in a way God can bless.
(2) The 8 Beatitudes all begin with "God blesses ...". Beatitudes means a state of blessedness. It comes from the Greek word that starts off each verse. These 8 divine guidelines explain the conditions what will bring true blessedness (full, genuine but not just circumstantial feeling of happiness) from God.
(3) The 8 Beatitudes are "attitudes to be".
(4) What are the 8 promises?
(5) What are the 8 conditions?
(C) TRUST GOD for salvation
(C1) Matthew 5:3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs."
- Poor in Spirit: Other translations say "poor in spirit". The NLT explains "poor in spirit" as "realize their need for him"
- Kingdom of Heaven: From the MacArthur Bible Commentary on Matthew 3:2 "Only Matthew’s Gospel uses the "the kingdom of heaven" expression. It uses “heaven” as a euphemism for God’s name-to accommodate his Jewish readers’ sensitivities (cf 23:22). The rest of Scripture refers to “the kingdom of God.” Both expressions refer to the sphere of God’s dominion over those who belong to Him. The kingdom is now manifest in heaven’s spiritual rule over the hearts of believers (Luke 17:21) and, one day, will be established in a literal earthly kingdom (Rev. 20:4-6). is at hand. In one sense, the kingdom is present but, in its fullest sense, is yet to be fulfilled."
(C2) What it means to realize one's need for God - Luke 18:9-14 "Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
(1) From Life Application Study Bible on Matthew 3:7 "The Jewish religious leaders were divided into several groups. Two of the most prominent groups were the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Pharisees separated themselves from anything non-Jewish and carefully followed both the Old Testament laws and the oral traditions handed down through the centuries. ... John the Baptist criticized the Pharisees for being legalistic and hypocritical, following the letter of the law while ignoring its true intent."
(2) Which one realize their need for God (was poor in Spirit)?
(3) In v13 What did the tax collector know about himself?
(4) In v13 what did he need from God?
(5) In v13 what did the tax collect do?
(6) In v14 how did Jesus described his actions?
(6) If we want to be justified with God what must we do?
(7) How to tell if you have confidence in your own righteousness
(a) Tell God how good you are.
(b) Don't ask for mercy.
(c) Don't realize you are a sinner, that you need God's forgiveness.
(d) Don't confess your sins.
(e) No sorrow for your sins.
(f) Feel no need for mercy from God.
(g) Substitute easy stuff (fasting, giving 10%) instead of being 100% devoted in heart, not just outward actions
(8) How to tell if you realize your need for God
(a) Feared and respected God, didn't even look up.
(b) Was sorrowful.
(c) Asked God for mercy.
(d) Confessed he was a sinner.
(9) From the Moody Bible Commentary: "This tax collector’s demeanor conveyed his sense of unworthiness (18:13a), in that he stood some distance away from the temple proper. He showed utter self-abasement before God-unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven. He displayed a distressed and penitent attitude by his act of beating his breast, and his prayer was a cry for mercy from a repentant heart (18:13b). He entreated God to be merciful to him. Merciful (hilaskomai) was used in the LXX to translate verbs related to atonement for sins, and here means “to be gracious because of some sacrifice.” This publican was completely dependent on God for establishing a right relationship with Him, in contrast to the Pharisee in the parable. Jesus’ shocking conclusion was that the humble man, the tax collector, was justified (considered righteous in the eyes of God) rather than the proud man (18:14). The lesson was clear: only those who come to God with authentic humility can expect to find God favorable. This parable is one of the most significant lessons on the crucial truth of justification (cf. Rm 3:21-28). The tax-collector was declared righteous on the basis of his repentant faith." What is your take away from this?
(C3) Watch this 3 minute video that shows how one can be saved from his sins (from going to hell). 3 Circles video.
(1) How can we be saved? Turn from their way and surrender to Jesus and believe that Jesus came and died on the cross and rose from the dead and are willing to make Him their king and Lord.
(C4) Read the Billy Graham Gospel presentation including watching Billy's 2 minute video at StepsToPeace.org
(1) What do you have to do? You have to repent of your sins. That means being willing to change your way of living. You may have not power to do that. But if you surrender to Christ he'll give you the power.
(2) He will give you the power to change.
(3) Indecision is itself a choice.
(4) Your decision will determine where you are 100 years from now.
(5) If your not sure you are going to heaven, if you're not sure your sins are forgiven. You come and make him Lord and Savior of your life.
(C5) Read the Do You Know pamphlet
(1) What are the 5 things we need to know? (see pages 6,8,10,12-13, 14-15) Here's the 5 things: (1) Eternal life is a free gift. (2) Man is a sinner. (3) God is merciful. God is just. (4) Jesus Christ: Who is He? What did He do? (5) Faith is the key that opens the door to heaven. Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ ALONE.
(2) What are the 4 things we need to do? (see pages 16-17) (1) Transfer your trust. (2) Accept the living Christ as savior. (3) Receive Jesus Christ as Lord. (4) Repent of your sin.
(3) Did the prayer on page 19 make sense?
(C6) Review: Which gospel presentation did you like the best? "The 3 Circles", "Steps to Peace", or "Do You Know"?
(C7) Summary: Realizing our need for him gives us the power to do the of the Beatitudes.
(C8) Application: You now have 3 tools to share the Good News with your friends. How can you use one of them this week with a friend?
(D) Assignment for session 8
(1) Memorize applications 1-7 word perfect.
(2) Study carefully session 8.
(3) Continue to read the Bible. Read at least a few minutes every day from the New Testament (preferably the Gospel of Matthew). Then text the verse you liked the most to everyone else in the group.
(4) Listen to the Sermon: Click here to watch or listen to session 8's sermon(s).
(5) Listen to the Bible: Using the Bible App listen to Matthew chapters 21-24 this week, it'll only take about 22 minutes.
(6) Weekly phone call: In a few days call the person on your right.
(7) Making Disciples: If you haven't yet, find someone to start training with the Gospel of Matthew
(E) Ask God to give you a man after your own heart
(1) Who did you share the "Jesus' Warning" sheet or webpage with?.
(2) Are you praying like that first guy Dawson Trotman trained for "God to give you a man after your own heart"?
(3) Did you ask anyone from the list of potential people to ask you made last week?
(4) Who can you go over the "Jesus' Warning" sheet (or something else) with this week?
(1) Share an update on last week's request.
(2) Share one thing you are thankful for this past week and 1-2 personal prayer requests for everyone to pray for this week.
(3) If you have time pray for the requests.
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