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Title:  Eyes, Cheeks, Doormats & Anvils
Passage:  Matthew 5:38-42
Series:  Sermon on the Mount: The Way of Jesus
Speaker:  Pastor Jason
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Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount is filled with hard words, but his teachings in Matthew 5:38-42 are among the most needed- and most resisted- for the North American church today. In a individualistic country that holds up personal rights and freedoms as among the highest of virtues, Jesus’s words here are difficult for culture and Christians alike. But when we think about these words of Jesus in light of the example of Jesus, we cannot escape how much that understanding eyes, cheeks, doormats and anvils is central to the gospel.
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Genesis / Relationships
Week 3

BIG IDEA God knows who we really are and wants us to know too.

GOD STORY Jacob Becomes Israel (Genesis 35:1–15)

In today's story, God gives Jacob a new name and confirms his promises for Jacob's life.  The nation of people that came from Jacob's family became known as Israel. Today, there is a country called Israel where Jacob's descendants still live

Discussion:
1.    What new name did God give to Jacob?
2.    What did God call himself? 
3.    What did God instruct Jacob to do? 
4.    What did God promise Jacob? 
5.    What did Jacob do after God spoke to him? 
6.    Why do you think God gave Jacob a new name?
7.    Can you think of a special name for yourself that reminds you how much God loves you?

MEMORY VERSE Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways remember him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIRV) 

PRAY : “Thank you, God, that you know me better than I know myself. Thank you for showing me how much you love me. Amen.”


Discussion question answers:
1.    Israel
2.    El-Shaddai, which means ‘God Almighty’
3.    Have a big family
4.    His family would become a mighty nation and God would give them special land for their own 
5.    Set up a stone pillar, made an offering, and called the place Bethel, which means "House of God