• in Victory
  • Careful Where You Seek
  • You Are Your

“Christ says, ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out.'” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Sermon Talks:

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s sermon? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. Was there anything in this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures that challenged the way you worship through intentional praise, prayer, and pursuit of unbelievers? Explain.
  3. How might this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures impact the way you serve, whether in our church, in your community, or in our world? Explain
  4. As we seek to connect, first and foremost with God and secondly with our community here at Washington Alliance, does this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures spark any new ideas about the importance of connecting and how to go about it? Explain.
  5. Was there anything from this week’s sermon or referenced scriptures that you would like to take action on in your own life this week, or was there something that you would like to pursue through prayer?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 21:1-11) and this week’s message

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what He has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask God in order to grow in light of this?

3 Types of Humility

  1. Humility
    • “I will serve to benefit others”
  2. Humility
    • “I will serve so others will notice what a servant I am”
    • “I will serve because I am afraid of what people will think if I don’t”

3 Types of Hypocrisy

  1. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you expect of yourself versus what you expect of others
  2. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you believe and think and say versus what you do
  3. Hypocrisy Towards
    • What you believe is right and wrong versus what God says is right and wrong
    • Absolute vs Relative Truth

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. Look at the three types of humility again. Do you ever find yourself serving under the perception of false humility or insecurity?
  3. In verse 12, Jesus said, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” What did He mean by that?
  4. Isaiah 9:17 says, “For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer.” 1 Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” How do these verses make you feel? What is the challenge here? How do you go about following through with what Peter says?
  5. Is there a standard of hypocrisy that you have for others but not for yourself?
  6. Is there any hypocrisy in your life where you believe and say the right things, but your actions contradict those beliefs and words?
  7. Is there any hypocrisy in your life towards God?
  8. In what ways does Jesus’ criticism of those appearing righteous externally but are internally corrupt challenge us to cultivate inner righteousness?
  9. Pray and ask God to reveal in you any hypocrisy that might exist. Pray with David who says in Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 23) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Encounter with Jesus: Broken or Crushed (Matt 21:33-46)

  • Culture broken things
  • God sees great value in
    • Broken from
    • Broken from
    • Broken from

Give to God what is His (Matt 22:15-22)

  • We are made in the and of God
  • Since we bear the image God, we will only find our fulfillment and purpose God through a relationship God.

Love God, Love Others (Matt 22:34-40)

  • Love God , you won’t sin against Him
  • Love your neighbor , you won’t sin against him/her
  • Love others, not as love ourselves, but as has loved us (John 13:34)

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. What is a parable? Why did Jesus use this form of teaching so frequently?
  3. What was Jesus’ point in the Parable of the Tenants? Who were represented by each of the characters?
  4. Reread Matthew 21:42-44. Who is the cornerstone Jesus speaks of?
  5. When someone has an encounter with Jesus, they will either be broken or crushed. What is the difference? Why does our culture devalue broken things? Why does God value brokenness?
  6. Go back and read about Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees and Herodians concerning paying taxes. What did Jesus mean in His statement, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s?”
  7. What is the significance of being created in the image and likeness of God? What does it mean to give your life to God?
  8. In the Greatest Commandment, Jesus challenges us to love Him and then love others. Why is it so hard to love others? What kind of love should we show others (see John 13:34)?
  9. Read Philippians 2:3-5. How can we apply these verses to the Great Commandment?
  10. In Matthew’s account, Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In Mark’s account (Mark 12:30) Jesus includes strength. How do you love Jesus in all these areas?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 21:33-46, 22:15-22, 34-40) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Physical: Matt 20:29-34

  • Open my that I may

Spiritual: Matt 21:12-17

What Angers God

  1. When we to do what He is asking of us (Exodus 4:14, James 4:17)
  2. When we (Numbers 11:1, Philippians 2:14-15)
  3. When we create (Exodus 20:3-4, Deuteronomy 32:21a, 1 John 5:21)
  4. When we His Word (Isaiah 5:20, 24-25, 1 John 5:3)

Good News

  1. God is to anger (Psalm 103:8-12)
  2. God’s anger is compared to His (Psalm 30:4-5)
  3. God’s anger towards us was by Christ’s death on the cross (Romans 5:8-9)

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. In Matthew 19:29-34, what did the two men want from Jesus? Why did the crowd rebuke them? How did Jesus respond? Once their request was granted, how did the men respond?
  3. What can we learn from this story? What step of trust in God do you need to take today regardless of how foolish others might think it to be?
  4. Reread Matthew 21:12-13. What led Jesus to do what He did in the temple? Explain.
  5. Is anger a sin? Explain. What did you learn about God’s anger?
  6. Go back and look at the four things that anger God. Were you convicted in any of those areas? Has the Holy Spirit been working in your life in any of those areas?
  7. What is so important to understand about the good news of God’s anger? What do these things mean to the believer?
  8. How is your spiritual sight? Do you have a heart that is affectionate for God? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make you inwardly strong today.

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 20:29-34, 21:12-17) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

Matthew 6:19-24 (ESV)

Matthew 6:25 (ESV)

Matthew 6:27 (ESV)

Psalm 139:16 (ESV)

Matthew 6:28 (ESV)

Matthew 6:32 (ESV)

Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Matthew 8:26-27 (ESV)

Romans 10:9 (ESV)

Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

(MULTILINE REVEAL BIG)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God (Matt 19:16-30)

  1. You cannot have a in life until you have an for death.
  2. If we believe that you are , then you will not see a for God.
  3. Christianity is not a performance-based . It is a grace-based .

The Workers in the Vineyard (Matt 20:1-16)

  1. The Kingdom of Heaven is physical and spiritual.
    • Physical: Heaven is a real place
    • Spiritual: God’s rule in our hearts and lives
  2. Grace is not . Grace is favor.
    • G.R.A.C.E. – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
  3. God does not you. He you.
    • 1 Corinthians 6:20, “You were bought with a price.”

Sermon Talks

  1. What caught your attention in this week’s message? Was there something you had never heard before or something you had a question about?
  2. Why do so many people believe they are good? Why do you think people believe their own merit satisfies Gods’ view of sin? How does understanding verses like Romans 3:10, 3:23, 7:18, and Ecclesiastes 7:20 change your perspective?
  3. The rich young man’s god and idol was his great wealth. Before coming to Christ, what were your gods and idols? Do you still struggle with putting them ahead of your love and devotion to Jesus?
  4. Are there times where you feel God owes you? Explain. How does the reality that ‘God does not owe you, but He owns you’ change how you live your life?
  5. We are not to hold God to promises that He never kept. What would be an example of a way that we might do this?
  6. What does it mean to say that God’s grace is unmerited favor? What does it mean to you that Jesus paid the ultimate price that you may have life and experience Heaven?
  7. Both passages of scripture we studied today ended with the great paradox which is, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” What is Jesus’ point here?

Pray about it: Meditate on God’s Word (Matthew 19:16-30, 20:1-16) and this week’s message.

Adoration: What can I praise God for in light of what this teaches me?

Confession: What sin can I confess because of what this teaches me?

Thanksgiving: What can I thank God for in light of what he has done?

Supplication: What do I need to ask of God in order to grow in light of this?

Stepping In | Taking Territory Week 3 | Pastor Andrew Cromwell

Joshua 1:2-6 NIV: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them… I will give you every place where you set your foot… No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

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Your Inheritance

1.

Luke 4:16-21 NLT: When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

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John 8:36 NKJV: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

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2.

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 MSG: When GOD, your God, ushers you into the land he promised through your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you, you’re going to walk into large, bustling cities you didn’t build, well-furnished houses you didn’t buy, come upon wells you didn’t dig, vineyards and olive orchards you didn’t plant. When you take it all in and settle down, pleased and content, make sure you don’t forget how you got there—GOD brought you out of slavery in Egypt.

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Acts 17:26 NIV: From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

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3.

Isaiah 58:11-12 NLT: The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.

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Your Responsibility

1.

Deuteronomy 12:28 NIV: Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.

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James 1:25 NIV: But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

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2. Forward

Philippians 3:13-14 NIV: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

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James 2:17 NIV: In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

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3. Quick

Acts 3:19 NIV: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

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Genesis 4:6 NIV: Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

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  • There are of spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit.  1 Cor. 12:4-6

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  • Gifts are given by the Spirit for the .  1 Cor. 12:7

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  • Gifts are given as .  1 Cor. 12:11

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  • The Holy Spirit unites all believers as one .  1 Cor. 12:12-13; Titus 3:4-7

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