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Introduction. 

Cypress Bible Church produces lives changed by Christ as we gather, grow, and go. What does a life changed by Christ look like? We have three Core Values that help us picture that. Those values are summed up in the words: Gather; Grow; Go. This sermon focuses on Going in life-changing mission. We see this in what happens to Matthew after he meets Jesus.

 

Audio Version 

SERMON TITLE: Host a Party!

TEXT:  Matthew 9:9-13

INTRODUCTION.

Cypress Bible Church produces lives changed by Christ as we gather, grow, and go. What does a life changed by Christ look like? We have three Core Values that help us picture that. Those values are summed up in the words: Gather; Grow; Go. This sermon focuses on Going in life-changing mission. We see this in what happens to Matthew after he meets Jesus.

DISCUSSION.

Who was the most influential person in your journey of faith and why?

EXAMINATION. 

v.9    Why is it so surprising that Jesus would call Matthew?           

 What does Matthew’s response indicate?

v.10   Luke 5:29 describes the event and emphasizes the focus was on Jesus. Why do you think Matthew (Levi) held this dinner party?

v.11   What legitimate reasons would the Pharisees have to be bothered by this?

vv.12-13  How do you think the Pharisees would have received Jesus’ response? Would they have understood?

APPLICATION.

  • Why is it important to realize and admit your own sinfulness?
  • How is it possible to view other people with compassion and mercy?
  • Who are the Matthews in your life?
  • What can you do to keep from becoming isolated from those who don’t know Jesus?
  • How can you intentionally “go be the good news”?
  • If God cares more about inner loyalty over outward ritual, heart over duty, how should that change your life?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do? 

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