Matthew: Faith and Flourishing

Matthew: Faith and Flourishing

Matthew: Faith and Flourishing – 5:17-20

Sunday 21st March, 9am sermon by Owen Woodall Matthew Chapter 5:17 – 20 Discussion Questions 1)     How does Jesus living in complete obedience to the Law provided in the Old Testament “reveal the Law” to us?  How does this add to what is already there? 2)     How many prophecies of the Messiah can your small group name in 3 minutes?  Set an alarm, ask someone to scribe, and name as many collectively as you can (if you can’t remember the…

Matthew: Faith & Flourishing. Beatitudes week 3

Sunday 14th March, 9am sermon by Rev Dr. Andrew Menzies Questions for discussion Matthew 5:1-16 Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God” (Matt 5:8).  What is this purity and how is it achieved? Discuss the Biblical understanding of shalom (Matt 5:9).  How can we apply shalom daily in our loves?  What things block shalom?  Does someone in your discussion group need prayer for shalom?  The eighth beatitude (Matt 5:10) raises issues about awareness for…

Matthew: Faith & Flourishing Beatitudes week 2

Sunday 7th March, 9am sermon by Rev Dr. Andrew Menzies Discussion Questions Matthew 5:1-12 (Part 2) The metaphors of back-to-front or ‘inside-out’ or ‘upside-down’ have been used to compare Jesus’ beatitudes with the popular culture of the western world where we live.  How do you experience that and how do you response to this challenge? Discuss Matthew 5:4 (second beatitude).  How do you understand this and do you find it to be true? Meek means quiet, gentle, and easily imposed…

Matthew: Faith & Flourishing The Beatitudes week 1

Sunday 28th February, 9am sermon by Rev Dr. Andrew Menzies Questions for discussion What parts of your Christian journey to you find ‘backwards’ or ‘upside-down’ compared to western culture?  Discuss. This message explained the repeat of Israel’s life, now though Jesus.  Why did Matthew repeat this pattern?  What was his aim? 1. Like Israel, Jesus was called with special status outlined in the genealogy                                                                i.      Showing that Jesus was an authentic king                                                              ii.      Jesus was an authentic Jew…

Matthew: Faith & Flourishing 4:18-25

Sunday 21st February, 9am sermon by Ps Ian Beaman Questions for discussion – Matthew 4:18-25 Does a call to follow Jesus always require a preparedness to leave our family, our business etc?  Why does Jesus not require this of the vast majority of Christians? How can there be a present and a future aspect to the Kingdom of Heaven?  Will believers be present in the future Kingdom when Jesus comes to reign on earth? Why does the preaching of the…