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Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:7-12

Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:7-12

SERMON NOTES and DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: November 19, 2023

 

SERMON OUTLINE

Main Point:

  • Pray and Love!

 

3 Practical Points:

  1. The Lord expects and invites us to ask of Him without reservation and at all times. Pray!
      1. Matthew 7:7-8
      2. “What a friend we have in Jesus”
      3. Isaiah 65:1
      4. “When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.” A. C. Dixon

     

    1. James 4:3

 

  1. God is good and He has your best interest at heart. Trust the heart of the Father and Pray!
    1. Matthew 7:9-11
    2. The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access. (Tim Keller)
  1. Love others the way God loves you and the way you want others to love you.
    1. Matthew 7:12
    2. Matthew 5:17, 19

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

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

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  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?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ MATTHEW 7:7-12

7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

  1. How does this passage encourage persistence and resilience in your spiritual life (particularly in prayer)?
    • What are some of the major challenges you have faced in actually praying like this?
    • How does this passage help you overcome those challenges?
    • In what ways might you apply this passage in your spiritual life in areas other than prayer?
  1. How do you reconcile Jesus’ teaching in this passage with unanswered prayers?
    • How might the idea of what constitutes a “good gift” help with reconciling this?
  1. How does this passage shape your understanding of God’s nature, especially in the context of Him responding to our needs and prayers?
    • How is this different from (better than) human nature?
  1. What are some practical challenges you face in living out the “Golden Rule” (v.12) particularly in our culture today?
    • In what ways have you experienced the wisdom of Jesus overcoming challenges?