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Sermon Notes: Matthwew 3:13-4:11

Sermon Notes: Matthwew 3:13-4:11


Scripture: Matthew 3:13-4:11

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: July 2, 2023







  • Christ identifies Himself with sinners, by taking their place, yet He is separated from sin.




  1. If you have repented and trusted in Jesus, God loves you the same way He loves Jesus. Trust God’s love for you!



  1. The devil will tempt you to doubt God’s provision and love in the face of difficulties. Trust God’s Word!



  1. The devil will use even religion to cause you to sin. Hold Jesus more precious than anything else.



  1. Don’t allow the desire of the flesh to dictate your identity. Refuse the allures of sin and cling to the Word of God!
















  • 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?




READ MATTHEW 3:13-4:11


LEADER’S NOTE: Jesus is baptized by John, even though He has nothing to repent of. Instead, He is doing this as our righteous representative (Matthew 3:15)



  1. How does this verse help us understand what baptism is ultimately pointing towards?
  2. How is baptism a vivid illustration of what Jesus has accomplished for us in His death, burial and resurrection (ie. in the gospel)?
  3. How have you experienced the reality of baptism in your own life?


Consider how Chapter 3 ends (with God proclaiming that Jesus is His Beloved Son) and Chapter 4 begins (with the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness to be tested).

  1. What is surprising about reading these two verses (Matt. 3:17 and 4:1) back-to-back?
  2. Why would the Spirit lead Jesus (or us) to a place of testing?
  3. How does it encourage you to realize that God allowing trials in your life is not a sign that He no longer loves you?
  4. When have you experienced a season of testing? What was God teaching you in it?


In Jesus’ testing in the wilderness, the Devil is trying to get Jesus to question the very thing that the Father had just proclaimed to Him from Heaven (that Jesus is the Beloved Son of God).

  1. How does this parallel the way that the serpent tempted Eve in Genesis 3:1-6?
  2. What other similarities do you notice between the testing of Jesus and the serpent’s deceiving of Adam and Eve?
  3. How does the connection between Jesus and Adam/Eve being tempted by the Devil help you better understand what Jesus accomplished for you in the gospel? (see Romans 5:15-17)


  1. What is Jesus’ primary means of combating the temptations of the Devil?
  • How does this encourage you to better familiarize yourself with the Bible?
  • How would this help you in the temptations that you face? Can you think of specific examples?
  • What does the serpent’s use of the Scriptures (verse 6) teach about the potential of misusing Scripture?
  • How can we avoid this kind of misuse of Scripture?


  1. READ 1 JOHN 2:16. What parallels do you see between the three temptations of Jesus and these three categories of temptation named by John? (“the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions”)
  • Which of these temptations is the biggest struggle for you and why?
  • How does the way Jesus’ example in this passage help you in your own struggle?