Coming Down the Mountain

Matthew 7:28–8:4

Coming Down the Mountain

Matthew 7:28–8:4

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


1. THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS


2. BEHOLD, A LEPER


Leviticus 13:45–46

The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp.


Hebrews 13:12

So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.


Hebrews 13:13–14

Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.


Jamey Vizzini

The King who astonishes is Savior who cleanses


Kent Hughes

… the plight of the leper illustrated the effects of sin, though the leper was actually not any more sinful than anyone else.. R. C. Trench, the great Greek scholar and the inspiration for and first editor of the monumental Oxford English Dictionary (OED), recognized this, saying that though the leper was not worse or guiltier than his fellow Jews, nevertheless he was a parable of sin—an “outward and visible sign of innermost spiritual corruption.” The leper is a physical illustration of the heart of every human being! If for a moment we could see a visible incarnation of ourselves apart from the cleansing work of Christ, we would see ourselves as the walking dead—forms dead in their trespasses and sins—forms trying to cover themselves with filthy rags.

Celebration Song List

CELEBRATE Who God Is

Angels We Have Heard On High

O Come All Ye Faithful

CONNECT Our Need for Christ

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me

COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion

Simplicity

CONTRIBUTION of Praise

Hymn Of Joy

Good Good Father

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1:

In Matthew 7:28-29 it says that the crowds were astonished because Jesus taught as one who had authority. Think back through our time in the Sermon on the Mount. Where have you heard Jesus’ authority impacting to your heart and mind?

QUESTION 2:

Leviticus 13:45–46 describes the plight of a leprous person. How is a leper a great metaphor for the plight of a sinner? As Kent Hughes writes, “The leper is a physical illustration of the heart of every human being!”

QUESTION 3:

The leper is the first person to believe in Jesus following the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. How is the leper’s faith a beautiful image for us of the response that Jesus calls for in his sermon?

QUESTION 4:

Hebrews 13:12 says that Jesus “suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his blood.” How does Jesus’ condescension and suffering inform our understanding of redemption? How does it compel us to join him in the going to those who are lost without the gospel?

PRAYER NOTES