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

Matt. 5.6-9 Follow Up May 2, 2017

This last Sunday we looked at the next 4 beatitudes. As kingdom-people we are blessed as we hunger and thirst for righteousness, and are merciful, pure in heart, and peacemakers. As we defined these different beatitudes, we also looked at some ways in which we tend to overlook showing mercy, making peace, etc. Some of these easily-overlooked areas include evangelism, marriage, family, and life in the church.

Here are some discussion questions: Matt. 5.6-9 Notes.


-Pastor Nathan Hogan