Matthew 5.27-30 Follow Up June 12, 2017

In Matthew 5.27-30 Jesus discusses the 7th commandment: do not commit adultery. He explains that the true fulfillment of this law is seeing that it also addresses the lust that lurks in our hearts. This last Sunday we saw that Jesus once again spoke about the reality of lust, and then explained the replacement of lust: fighting against it. Jesus uses drastic language that equates fighting against lust with plucking out an eye or cutting off a hand. This figure of speech gives us 4 things to remember as we fight against lust:

  1. Remember the seriousness of lust. Lust, like all sin, is worthy of God’s judgement. It is worth fighting against it.
  2. Choose the right target. We need to cut off that which feeds our lust.
  3. Be ready for a painful fight. Having safeguards against lust may sometimes be painful. We may even be mocked by others. Don’t expect it to be easy!
  4. Trust that purity is better. Jesus reminds us repeatedly that fighting lust “is better.” The blessings of a godly life always outweigh the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Here are the discussion questions that were in Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 5.27-30 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 5.21-26 Follow Up June 5, 2017

In Matthew 5.21-26 Jesus begins to deal with individual commandments (or versions of those commandments as presented in the Jewish traditions of the day). Jesus starts to show us what fulfilling the Law looks like, and he starts with the most obvious command: do not murder. Jesus explains that murder comes from the same sinfully angry part of our hearts that our harsh words come from. Both sinful anger in our hearts and murder are worthy of judgment. Instead of giving into sinful anger, a kingdom-person will zealously seek out peace with others.

We looked at 2 things that Jesus explains about sinful anger in this text:

  1. Jesus shows us anger’s reality. The reality of anger is that it is worthy of judgment and springs from our selfish desires.
  2. Jesus shows us anger’s replacement. Jesus does not just call us to stop being sinfully angry, but to actively seek out peace with others instead.

Here are some discussion questions based on the sermon: Matt. 5.21-26 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matt 5.17-20 Follow Up May 22, 2017

This Sunday we studied Matthew 5.17-20 together. In this text Jesus introduces his upcoming discussion of the Law of God. He wants His followers to know what kingdom-people should know about their relationship to the Law of the Old Testament. There are 3 truths that we saw about our relationship with the Law:

  1. Kingdom people do not forsake the Law.
  2. Kingdom people know that Jesus fulfills the Law.
  3. Kingdom people follow the Law in a fuller way.

Here are some discussion questions from Sunday’s bulletin: Matt. 5.17-20 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 5.13-16 Follow Up May 15, 2017

In Matthew 5.13-16 Jesus describes Christians as salt and light in this world. We learned 3 truths about living godly lives in this fallen world:

  1. We are a presence in this world.
  2. We are peculiar in this world.
  3. We have a purpose in this world.

As we worked our way through the text, we learned that being salt and light is not just how super-Christians are described, but all of us are described this way.

Here are some discussion questions: Matt. 5.13-16 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan

Matthew 5.10-12 Follow Up May 8, 2017

As we continue to work our way through the Sermon on the Mt., we finished the Beatitudes this last Sunday by looking at what Jesus had to say about persecution. We learned 4 lessons about persecution from Matth 5.10-12.

  1. Persecution must be for the right things.
  2. Persecution includes a wide range of treatment.
  3. Persecution has a long history.
  4. Persecution brings us God’s blessings.

Here are some discussion questions from Sunday’s message: Matt. 5.10-12 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan