The Lord's Prayer: Sermon Guide

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How has your earthly father shaped the way you view God the Father? Share this with your community group and then encourage each other with one truth about God the Father using Scripture.
  • “As we believe, so we pray.” What did you pray for this past week? This past month? Pick one of the things you’ve been praying for and ask your community group to join you in prayer.

Summary

What do you believe about God the Father? What is your attitude when praying to Him? As we continue our series, “Summer on the Mount,” Blake Holmes teaches us about the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6.

Key Takeaways

  • The Sermon on the Mount is a Kingdom ethic for Kingdom people.
  • The Lord’s Prayer is not a magic prayer, it’s a model prayer. Each petition is a theology lesson in and of itself.
  • When you pray, remind yourself of who God is (v9-10) and your dependence on Him (v11-13).
  • Not everyone can address God as Father, only those who know the Son.
  • God is not a reflection of your earthly father but the perfection of your earthly father.
  • If you are a parent, the love you have for your children pales in comparison to the Father’s love for them.
  • “Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view.” -Philip Yancey
  • Are you living in such a way that others want to know more of God?
  • When we have a right view of God, we submit ourselves to His will when we pray.
  • As we believe, so we pray.
  • Daily bread is a metaphor for the daily necessities of life. We are to consistently rely upon God, recognizing our dependence on Him.
  • It’s understood biblically that when we experience God’s forgiveness, we become a forgiving people.
  • We don’t resist temptation on our own power. We resist temptation by going to the Father.
  • God is not trying to rip you off, He’s trying to set you free.

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