Notes-Study Questions – Apr15

A Church Like Jesus                                                            

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Matthew 4:1-11                                                                  

April 15, 2012


Right before Jesus started His 3.5 year ministry, He was tempted with 3 different enticements by Satan.  What does Jesus teach us as He doesn’t give in to these temptations?  Part of the answer lies in the fact that Satan continues to tempt people today with this same method and it would be wise to see how Jesus handled each of these situations. 

     1st Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own physical appetites.            

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God to fulfill my physical appetites.

     2nd Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own selfish ambitions.

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God to give me God-glorifying ambitions.

     3rd Temptation: I’ll fulfill my own path to power.

     Correct Response: I’ll trust God that His plan is best

TEMPTATION loses its grip when…

     You completely trust God to meet all your needs.


Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1.  Read through this statement: “Our best intentions can sometimes draw us into as much bondage as our most indulgent desires.”  Discuss how Satan does not destroy many Christians with the “big sins” (i.e. adultery, murder, theft, etc.), but destroys them little by little with the more subtle sins.  What are those subtle sins? 

Digging Deeper

2.  Read about these 3 kings and 1 queen who took a short cut to power in the Bible.  How did it ultimately turn out for them?

      Athaliah (2 Kings 11)                     Pekah (2 Kings 15:25-31)

      Shallum (2 Kings 15:10-13)              Hoshea (2 Kings 15:30 and 17:1-41)

3.  What are some God-glorifying ambitions?

  • Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life (1 Thess. 4:11; NIV).
  • It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known (Romans 15:20; NIV). 
  • We have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; NASB). 

Applying the Bible

4.  You might be traveling down a path where you think you have total control over a situation, but have you stopped to ask yourself if this is God’s plan for you?  How do you make sure you are trusting God’s plan and not your own?  

5.  If you are struggling with a temptation in your life right now, answer this question: “Do you totally and utterly trust that God will meet all of your needs?”  The only way you can flee from the temptation is when you fully trust that God has good in store for your future.


~ by centralsermon on April 12, 2012.

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