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Transformative Judgment | May 8, 2022

Series: New Kingdom

Speaker: Phil Carnuccio

May 8, 2022
Matthew 7:1-6'>Matthew 7:1-6

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Follow Along with the Message

1. Doing Life

As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re
mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between
(1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes
● How are you doing?
● What can you thank God for this week?
● When were you most aware of Jesus’ presence this week? When were you least
aware of Jesus’ presence this week?
● Do you have any practical needs?

2. Jesus Centered

God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed
for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17,
Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes

Primary Passage: Matthew 7:1-6
● How many of us at times have felt wrongly judged by someone?
● How many of us have wrongly judged someone?
● How would you describe bad judgment? What about good judgment?
● Read John 7:24 and then Read Micah 6:8. How can we learn from what Micah
says here and apply it to what John says about judgment?
○ We not only need to see the sin in our own heart, we need also to receive
the Father’s loving embrace! How can we do both?

● Read Matthew 7:3-5. Phil pointed out that the plank and the speck of sawdust
are made out of the same material linking that the thing you judge someone for is
closely related to yourself. Sit with that for a moment and reflect.
○ What spoke out to you in this time of reflection?
● Christianity is one beggar telling another where to find bread- D. T. Niles
○ Can you relate to this? In what way?

3. Engaging the Heart

Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s
Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans
3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes
● How are you doing abiding with Jesus this week in Scripture and prayer?
● What sin do you need to confess to God? What are you struggling to trust Jesus
with this week? How can you give Him control of it? (As people confess sin,
make sure to remind one another of the good news Jesus offers.)

4. Expanding the Kingdom

Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends
us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever
we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes
● People: Who in your life can you be building with right now? What does that look
like during this season?
● Plan: Are there any rhythms planned (virtual or in-person) that we can invite
these friends into? What spiritual conversations do you want to initiate with them
● Pray: Let’s pray for our people by name; pray for their needs, opportunities to
connect, and opportunities to have spiritual conversations that help them take
next steps toward Jesus.

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