Teach Us To Pray | Week 5 | Temptation

Posted on Mar 15 at 09:22am

March 15, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Pattern of Prayer

His care, power, and name – Week 1

His kingdom and will – Week 2

Our daily provisions – Week 3

Our sins – Week 4

Our Temptations | Week 5 | This Week

Matthew 6:13

Temptation: we contend with our enemy and environment and even ourselves when it comes to seeing God’s purposes accomplished – Ken Hemphill, The Prayer of Jesus

Matthew 4:1-2 | Original word for tempted can also be used for tested in the New Testament.

It can be used to identify the tests that God gives to strengthen.

James 1:2 | It can be used to identify the temptation to sin. God never tempts someone to sin.

James 1:13-15 | So, in Jesus’ temptation, we see both simultaneously.

1. Jesus identifies with you in your struggle against sin.

So, through the person of Jesus, we find someone who has walked in your shoes when it comes to the temptations we face daily.

Hebrews 4:15

Application: Look to Christ in your struggle against sin.

Hebrews 12:1-4.

Saying no isn’t the only part. The answer to temptation is spiritual passion, not just negation and discipline. Your need is to fall in love with Jesus, bring him out of the realm of conceptual into the realm of the passion of your heart. – Tim Keller, Sermon from May 24, 2012

2. The types of temptations we struggle against.

Here’s what the devil was after: to sabotage the will of the Father in the life of Jesus.

A. Self-gratification: satisfying our needs our way instead of God’s way | Matthew 4:3-4

Cause: natural desires aren’t being met.

B. Impatience: pushing ourselves in front of God’s timing and plan | Matthew 4:5-7

Cause: fear, desperation, pride.

C. Shortcuts: avoiding the way of selflessness | Matthew 4:7-10

Cause: value my expectations, comfort, and privilege more than God’s design.

The Israelites tested God because they felt God was failing to meet their needs and to fulfill His promise. The Israelites put God to the test when they realized that God’s purposes and leading brought them into adversity, rather than ease and comfort. The Israelites put God to the test by resisting God’s leadership. The Israelites put God to the test by insisting that God perform according to their expectations and demands. – The Temptation of Jesus, Part III, Bob Deffinbaugh, Bible.org

3. The community that helps us struggle against sin

Application: Engage with the body of Christ in your struggle against sin.

Teach Us To Pray | Week 4 | Forgiveness

Posted on Mar 08 at 09:19am

March 8, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Luke 11:4, Matthew 6:12

There is a direct correlation between being forgiven by God and forgiving others.
Forgiveness is difficult because we are overwhelmed by the hurt.
When we do not forgive, the more desensitized we become to its impact on us and others.

Matthew 6:14-15

Not only is there a direct correlation between being forgiven by God and forgiving others, but it is a mark of genuine faith.

Matthew 18:21-22

Peter’s Question: Forgiveness cannot be reduced to a religious formula.

Forgiving is a lot like breathing. If you try to keep track of every time you do it, you’ll go crazy. Forgiving will have to be a way of life. – John Ortberg, Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.

Genesis 4:24

Jesus’ response: Forgiveness is radically limitless because of God’s grace.

Matthew 18:23-27

Forgiveness frees me from a debt I owe and can’t pay.

Matthew 18:28-35

Forgiveness frees others from our captivity while it frees us from our hurt.

What forgiveness is NOT – John Ortberg

1. It is not excusing.

2. It is not forgetting.

3. It is not reconciling.


1. Engage others at the right time and with the right spirit.
2. See them in need of God’s grace just as you are in need of God’s grace. 3. Extend the same “patience” to them as God has extended to you.
3. Release them from your grip to God’s hands. Trust that God will take care of injustice, your reputation, the fallout.

Teach Us To Pray | Week 3 | Daily Bread

Posted on Mar 01 at 09:52am

March 1, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Luke 11.1-3.

1. It shatters self-reliance.

We pray with abandoned dependence on the Father.

2. It realigns our priorities around the needs of today not the wants of tomorrow.

We pray with confidence and contentment.

3. It reminds us that we’re human and limited.

We pray to a Father who is eternal and all-powerful.

4. It highlights the needs of others.

We pray so we can be generous.

5. It recognizes God’s faithfulness.

We pray to worship, to know, to love the Father more.

Teach Us To Pray | Week 2 | The Kingdom

Posted on Feb 22 at 09:06am

February 22, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Prayer is something that we consistently see in the life of Christ.  Throughout the gospels, Jesus often retreats to pray.  We see Jesus praying for others, thanking God, and even praying for himself.

So, if prayer is an important aspect of Christ’s life, it should be an important part of our lives. The disciples had seen Jesus pray many times and wanted it to be a priority of their lives.

Matthew 6:5-10

Luke 17:20-21

Jesus was saying to the Pharisees, I am the kingdom of God. I am here. It Is Me.

When Jesus teaches the disciples to pray “your kingdom come”, He is saying allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you. I will not be here physically on earth after my resurrection, but the kingdom of God is here, living in you, the church.

Too often, it’s our kingdom that reigns in our lives, not God’s.
God’s Kingdom isn’t about our preferences, it’s about His Purposes.
We must live for His Kingdom, not our comfort.

Matthew 6:33

Teach Us To Pray | Week 1

Posted on Feb 15 at 09:17am


February 15, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Introduction | Purpose of 40 Days of Prayer

1) To be discipled by Jesus.

2) To be dependent upon the Father.

3) To declare the gospel to others.

Luke 11:1-2

 1. Prayer begins with an honest and humble heart (Luke 11:1)

In Luke, Jesus is often shown either physically praying – major events, crisis, transition, decision-making – or teaching on prayer.

 2. Prayer is designed to deepen our relationship with our caring Father and sovereign God. (Luke 11:2)

Jesus signals in the opening address that prayer is a relationship not a religious duty.

As a title for God, “Father” is found only 15 times in the entire Old Testament. In the four gospels of the New Testament, it’s found 165 times.

Prayer is not a tool to use God, it’s to know Him. Religious prayers are a means of coercing God to pay attention to you. Gospel prayers recognize that we have already been accepted by the Father. – JD Greear, The Summit Church

3. Prayer’s aim is for all people to see God fully and clearly.

Jesus teaches in the first request (Make your name holy) that the worship of God aligns our hearts to pray properly. Once we’re aimed properly, we’ll pray properly.

a) Set apart – this is what it means to hallow, or revere, or worship the Father’s name.

b) Sovereign – Psalm 24:1, Psalm 24:7-10

Luke 5:1-11 – Simon Peter recognizes power and person of Jesus and confesses that he is unclean. It’s just not that he catches fish and his business spiked for the day, it’s he encountered Jesus fully and clearly.

c) Saving – He desires to see His name spread so that all people may worship Him, know Him, love Him and give glory to Him

Application: One. One. One.