Scott LaPierre is the senior pastor of Woodland Christian Church, an author, and a conference speaker. He and his wife, Katie, grew up together and God has blessed them with eight children. Pastor Scott's sermons are expositional, and his books are Christian nonfiction largely taken from his preaching.
Jesus said, "The queen of the South…came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here" (Matthew 12:42). This verse isn't worded the way we’d expect! Wouldn’t we expect Jesus to say, "…someone wiser is here"? Why did He say something? He said something because He’s referring to more than just Himself. He’s also referring to the kingdom He brought with Him. God become a Man in the Person of Jesus Christ. He came from heaven to earth. He brought the kingdom with Him. He was near the people: they could see Him, hear Him, and even touch Him…which is why they said the kingdom is “NEAR or “AT HAND.” The rest of the sermon focuses on this kingdom, and how it’s greater than Solomon’s kingdom. https://youtu.be/DBnjh8wo_hM Jesus said, "The queen of the South…came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here" (Matthew 12:42). Table of ContentsSermon Lessons for Something Greater than Solomon Is HereFamily Worship Guide for Something Greater than Solomon Is HereSermon Notes for Something Greater than Solomon Is HereLesson one: Jesus brought the kingdom of God with him.Lesson two: Solomon prefigures the glory of Christ’s future kingdom.Lesson three: Jesus is greater than Solomon in (part one) his knowledge of people.Lesson three: Jesus is greater than Solomon in (part two) the supper he prepares.Lesson three: Jesus is greater than Solomon in (part three) his servants’ joy.Lesson three: Jesus is greater than Solomon in (part four) his execution of justice. Sermon Lessons for Something Greater than Solomon Is Here Lesson 1: __________ ______________ the kingdom of God with him (2 Samuel 7:16 cf. Luke 1:30-33, Matthew 3:22, 4:17, 10:7, Luke 10:9-11).Lesson 2: ______________ ____________________ the glory of Christ’s future kingdom (Matthew 12:42, John 5:39).Lesson 3: Jesus is greater than Solomon in:(Part 1) his knowledge ____ ___________ (1 Kings 10:1-3 cf. John 2:24, Hebrews 4:13).(Part 2) _______ ____________ he prepares (1 Kings 10:4-5 cf. Revelation 19:9).(Part 3) his _________________ ______(1 Kings 10:6-8 cf. Genesis 2:15, 3:17-19, Revelation 22:3).(Part 4) his __________________ ____ justice (1 Kings 10:9, 3:28 cf. Isaiah 11:3-4). Family Worship Guide for Something Greater than Solomon Is Here Day 1: Read 2 Samuel 7:16 cf. Luke 1:30-33, Matthew 3:22, 4:17, 10:7, Luke 10:9-11 and discuss: when did it look like the Davidic Covenant was unfulfilled? When was the Davidic covenant fulfilled? Describe the kingdom Jesus brought with him. What did the gospel sound like before Jesus’s death? What does the gospel sound like after Jesus’s death? Or another way to ask: what did the gospel sound like in the Gospels, and then what did it sound like in Acts and the epistles?Day 2: Read Matthew 12:42, John 5:39 and discuss: what mistake did the religious leaders make with the Scriptures in Jesus’s day? How can we avoid making the same mistake? What are some of your favorite pictures or types of Christ in the Old Testament? How does Isaac serve as a type of Christ? What about Joseph? What about Jonah? What are some of your favorite prophecies of Christ (note: prophecies and types are not the same!)?Day 3: Read 1 Kings 10:1-9, Hebrews 4:13, Revelation 19:9, Isaiah 11:3-4 and discuss: how is Jesus’s knowledge of people superior to Solomon’s? Why is the marriage supper of the Lamb superior to the supper Solomon prepared? Why will our joy serving Christ be greater than Solomon’s servants’ joy when they served him? How is Jesus’s execution of justice greater than Solomon’s? In what ways did Jesus deal with harlots better than Solomon? Sermon Notes for Something Greater than Solomon Is Here Go ahead and open your Bibles to 1 Kings 10. We spent the last two weeks looking at how Jesus is greater than Solomon, and we’ll continue that this morning. In our first sermon we saw how Jesus built the greater house of God:
Why is Jesus called the Son of David? In the Davidic covenant in 2 Samuel 7, God told David, "12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." One reason we know this is looking past Solomon to Jesus is the use of the word "forever," which occurs 3 times in the verses. Solomon didn’t live – or reign – “forever.” If I said, “Who is the son of David?” You would ask, "Capital S Son of David or lowercase s son of David?” Son of David might top the list of most well-known messianic titles for Jesus. Here are just a few examples using Matthew’s gospel: Matthew 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, THE SON OF DAVID.Matthew 9:27 Two blind men followed [Jesus], crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, SON OF DAVID.” They don’t even call him Jesus, or Christ.Matthew 20:31 The crowd rebuked (the 2 blind men), telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” https://youtu.be/EyZDRqqj7OU Why is Jesus called the Son of David? We know the Davidic Covenant looks past Solomon to Jesus because of the use of the word "forever." Table of ContentsSermon Lessons for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David?Family Worship Guide for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David?Sermon Notes for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David?Lesson one: Jesus is the true and greater Son of (part two) God.Lesson two: Jesus suffered for iniquity and was disciplined with the rod and stripes due to men.Lesson three: Jesus retained His Father’s favor.Lesson four: we receive God’s favor because of the true and greater Son of David. Sermon Lessons for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David? Lesson 1: Jesus is the true and greater Son of:(Part 1) __________ (2 Samuel 7:11-13, Matthew 1:1, 9:27, 20:31, 21:9, 15, 22:41-42).(Part 2) ______ (2 Samuel 7:14a cf. Hebrews 1:5)Lesson 2: __________ ________________ for iniquity and was disciplined with the rod and stripes due to men (2 Samuel 7:14b, Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, one Peter 2:24).Lesson 3: __________ ________________ His Father’s favor (2 Samuel 7:15, Romans 6:4, Acts 1:9).Lesson 4: ____ ______________ God’s favor because of the true and greater Son of David (1 Kings 11:12-13, 32, 34). Family Worship Guide for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David? Day 1: Read 2 Samuel 7:11-14a, Matthew 1:1, 9:27, 20:31, 21:9, 15, 22:41-42, Hebrews 1:5 and discuss: God said he would give David rest from his enemies. What does this prefigure with Christ? How is Jesus the true and greater Son of David? How is Jesus the true and greater Son of God? The title “son of God” refers to whom else besides Jesus? How does the book of Jonah convince us that Jesus is the Messiah? In other words, why did Jesus say this would serve as the sign of his Messiahship?Day 2: Read 2 Samuel 7:14b, Isaiah 53:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, one Peter 2:24 and discuss: how does 2 Samuel 7:14 describe Solomon? How does this verse look beyond Solomon to Jesus? What do the truths contained in this verse tell us about our salvation? In other words, discuss substitutionary atonement and what it means. What is double imputation? Why did Jesus say the Father had forsaken Him?Day 3: Read 2 Samuel 7:15, Romans 6:4, Acts 1:9 and discuss: what application does 2 Samuel 7:15 have for Solomon? What application does it have for Christ? What two events revealed that the Son did not lose the Father’s favor? How can we be encouraged by God’s faithfulness to David? Why do we receive God’s favor? Sermon Notes for Why is Jesus Called the Son of David? The title of this morning’s sermon is, “The True and Greater Son.” Go ahead and open your Bibles to 2 Samuel 7. We were in a series called, “Pursuing Wisdom.” We spent quite a bit of time talking about Solomon.
Jesus built the house of God. David wanted to build God a house, but God said He would build David a house, or dynasty, that would never end (2 Samuel 7:1-17). We know Solomon built a physical house, or temple, for God. But Jesus built the greater spiritual house, or temple, known as the church. The beauty is we are part of the house Christ built. Why should this encourage us? It has to do with durability! Jesus wanted us to be confident that His house wouldn’t be destroyed by even the strongest spiritual forces: "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). That’s sturdy isn’t it? If you’re in Christ, you’re part of this house that can’t even be knocked down by hell itself. https://youtu.be/jArCX8TI-zI Jesus built the house of God. Solomon built a physical house, or temple, but Jesus built the greater spiritual house, or temple: the church. Table of ContentsSermon Lessons for The Greater House Jesus BuiltFamily Worship Guide for Jesus Built the House of God Sermon Notes for Jesus Built the House of God Lesson 1: clear teaching about Christ produces obedience.Lesson 2: Jesus built the true and greater house of God.Lesson 3: we are part of the house Christ built.Lesson 4: nothing can destroy what Christ builds. Sermon Lessons for The Greater House Jesus Built Lesson 1: __________ ________________ about Christ produces obedience (John 14:15).Lesson 2: __________ __________ the true and greater house of God (2 Samuel 7:13, John 2:18-22, Acts 2:33, Zechariah 6:12).Lesson 3: ____ ______ ________ of the house Christ built (Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Timothy 3:15, 2 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Peter 2:4, Hebrews 3:1-3).Lesson 4: Nothing ______ ______________ what Christ builds (Matthew 16:18, Philippians 1:6). Family Worship Guide for Jesus Built the House of God Day 1: Read John 14:15-31 and discuss: what are indicatives in Scripture? What are imperatives in Scripture? Discuss a few of each. How can indicatives produce obedience indirectly? What does the law produce because of our sinful flesh? Day 2: Read 2 Samuel 7:13, John 2:18-22, Acts 2:33, Zechariah 6:12 and discuss: what was the relationship between the physical temple and Jesus’s physical body? Why would Jesus try to get the Jews to look past the temple to His body? When and how did Jesus build the spiritual house of God? (Hint: look in Acts 2 for the “when”). Day 3: Read Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Timothy 3:15, 2 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Peter 2:4, Hebrews 3:1-3 and discuss: why does Jesus receive more glory than Moses? What encouragement can we receive from being part of the spiritual house of God? What does this reveal to you about your salvation? Sermon Notes for Jesus Built the House of God The title of this morning’s sermon is, “Jesus Built a Greater House.” Go ahead and open your Bibles to 2 Samuel 7. We were in a series called, “Pursuing Wisdom.” We spent quite a bit of time talking about Solomon. Matthew 12:42 The queen of the South…came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, SOMETHING GREATER THAN SOLOMON IS HERE. Solomon is a type and shadow of Jesus. Now I would like to spend the next few weeks talking about why Jesus is greater than Solomon. Let me share something interesting with you that happened when Pastor Nathan and I were at the Shepherds Conference at John MacArthur’s church. During one of the sessions a speaker talked about indicatives versus imperatives. You might remember me explaining these before: Indicatives are truths or statements. They indicate something.Imperatives are commands. They tell us to do something. The speaker said some things that stuck with me: First, he said it is much easier to preach on the imperatives versus indicatives.Second, our preaching should have a healthy, balanced diet of both.Third, if we’re preaching too much on the imperatives, we should try to do more preaching on the indicatives.
When God says, "No," trust Him and walk by faith. "The just will live by faith" Is one of the most quoted commands in the Bible (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:37-38). How many times have we prayed, not gotten what we wanted, and asked, "Why not God? Why wouldn’t You want this? It seems like this is best?" Since we don’t get to find out why the answer is no, what are we forced to do? Trust God knows what is best and walk by faith. The reason it says we must live by faith, versus simply have faith, is the Christian life is a life of faith. There aren't many more applicable times in life than when we hear no. https://youtu.be/qtKDfdIYG5c When God says, "No," trust Him, because we don’t get to find out why the answer is no. This is what it means to walk by faith. Table of ContentsSermon Lessons for When God Says, "No," Trust Him and Walk By FaithFamily Worship Guide for When God Says, "No," Trust Him and Walk By FaithSermon Notes for When God Says, "No," Trust Him and Walk By FaithGod might say no (lesson 1) because we’re being selfish.God might say no (lesson 2) because it’s not His will.God might say no (lesson 3) because sin has consequences.God might say no (lesson 4) because of the other person.God might say no (lesson 5) because He knows what’s best for us.God might say no (lesson 6) without being displeased.God might say no (lesson 7) and we shouldn’t pout. Sermon Lessons for When God Says, "No," Trust Him and Walk By Faith Note: lessons 1 through 4 are from Part 1: When God Doesn’t Answer the Way You Want God might say no: Lesson 1: because we are being selfish (James 1:5 cf. James 4:1-3). Lesson 2: because it’s not His will (John 14:13-14, 1 John 5:14). Lesson 3: because sin has consequences (Deuteronomy 3:23-28, 2 Samuel 12:16-18). Lesson 4: because of the other person (Jeremiah 7:15-17, 15:1, Ezekiel 14:13-16). Lesson 5: because ____ __________ what’s best for us (2 Corinthians 11:23, 12:2-10, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 8:28). Lesson 6: without being ____________________ (2 Samuel 7:1-7). Lesson 7: and we __________________ ________ (1 Chronicles 29:1-5). Family Worship Guide for When God Says, "No," Trust Him and Walk By Faith Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 11:23, 12:2-10, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 8:28 and discuss: what effect do you think all of Paul’s suffering had on his life? Do you think you know what Paul’s thorn was? Why or why not? Why do you think God didn’t clearly tell us what it was? Why do you think God chose not to answer Paul’s pleading about the thorn? By leaving the thorn what good was accomplished in Paul’s life? What encouragement can you receive from God leaving Paul’s thorn? Is there a thorn in your life that God has removed? Is there a thorn in your life that God has not removed? Discuss both. Day 2: Read 2 Samuel 7:1-7, James 4:3, 5:16 and discuss: why did God tell David no? Why might God tell us no? In other words, why might God not answer some of our prayers the way that we want? How can this account with David encourage us? Can you look back on some times God did not answer your prayers the way that you wanted, but in hindsight you are glad that’s the case? Can you discuss some other prayer requests that you are simply trusting God that it was better He didn’t answer the way you wanted? Can you think of some times in your life that God said no, but He was still probably pleased with you and your request? Day 3: Read 1 Chronicles 29:1-5 and discuss: how do you think David felt when God told him that he could not build the temple? What sinful feelings do you think David might have had to resist? Can you discuss a time, or some times, when God has told you no and you were tempted to pout? What sinful temptations did you have to resist? What would a godly response, or what would godly responses, look like instead? Why did Jesus pray three times that the cup would pass from him, if he knew he would have to go to the cross?
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Birthdate
Jun 13th, 1978
Location
Woodland, Washington, United States of America
Episode Count
306
Podcast Count
56
Total Airtime
5 days, 18 hours
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