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Sermon Notes: Matthew 4:12-25

Sermon Notes: Matthew 4:12-25


Scripture: Matthew 4:12-25

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: July 30, 2023






  • Jesus is the expected Messiah-King who brings the light and the power of the Kingdom reversing the effects of sin and death. 
    • Scriptures:
      • Matthew 11:2-5
      • Isaiah 9:1-2, 6
      • Isaiah 42:6-7




  1. Jesus is the light of the world who came to rescue those in darkness. Follow Him and reject to walk in darkness!
    1. 2 Kings 15:29
    2. Sometimes God manifests His grace in the least likely of places.
    3. Galatians 2:20


  1. The call to follow Jesus is a call to help others to follow Jesus. Evangelize and disciple others!
    1. Compare:
  1. From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
  2. From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. (Matthew 16:21)
    1. A call to Jesus is a call to disciple-making.











  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.



  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?






  1. In verse 12, we see a pattern begin to emerge in the New Testament: as persecution increases, the gospel spreads.
  • How might this bring you comfort or encouragement in a world of increasing opposition to the gospel?
  • In what ways are you aware of this kind of thing happening around the world today?
  • Why do you think we see this pattern repeated so often throughout the early church as well as throughout church history?


  1. In verse 13, we see Matthew describe Jesus as a light shining in the darkness?
  • In what ways does this imagery relate to our calling today? What other passages can you think of that highlight this?
  • How might Jesus’ example in Galilee help inspire our efforts to reach people in our spheres of influence with the gospel?


  1. In verse 17, Jesus is calling people to repentance. This is a call to turn FROM living for the kingdoms of this world and FOR living for God’s Kingdom. What did your response to this call look like when you came to faith in Jesus?


  1. We see here that Jesus calls ordinary (if not unimpressive) people to follow Him and advance His mission.
  • How might this encourage you in your own faith?
  • How might this affect the way you think about making disciples in your own life?


  1. In verse 19, Jesus calls his disciples to follow Him. What does this teach us about the method of Jesus in developing His disciples?


  1. In verse 19, Jesus also promises His disciples transformation: “I will make you…
  • What does Jesus say the result of this transformation will be?
  • How is this relevant to our call to follow Jesus today?


  1. We see the call of Jesus interrupts the disciples life and changes their priorities (vv. 20, 22)
  • In what ways has this been true about following Jesus in your own life?
  • In what ways have you noticed your priorities shifting after following Jesus?
  • What next steps of growth and obedience do you think Jesus is calling you into in this season of following Him?


  1. In Jesus’ ministry of proclaiming the gospel, we see him both sharing the message and showing the power of God’s kingdom (vv. 23-25). What might it look like for us today to proclaim the good news, while also embodying the good news to those around us?