About MattW

Matt joined The Crossing in the Summer of 2010 to help see the church reach Fort Collins with the Gospel of Christ. Matt is passionate about prayer, missional living, and biblical theology.

Blog Post Sermon Follow Up – John 6:22-34

Hey leaders, As usual here’s some ideas for this week’s sermon follow-up. If you choose to follow this outline, I thought it’d be worth mentioning that you don’t need to “hide” the teaching goal and the application goal of these studies. It might actually help your group stay focused if you let them know at the outset what the teaching goal is. Hopefully it will keep the conversation focused so that we spend more time digging into God’s word. I hope this is helpful for you. Teaching Goal: Those who are seeking Jesus find saving faith in Jesus when they are fully satisfied in Jesus (as their soul's treasure, as John Piper would add...probably). Application Goal: That we would labor for the food which is imperishable. Thought Provoking Question: Where do you think Fort Collins culture seeks to find satisfaction? Without using names, where do the unbelieving friends/coworkers/family that you know personally seek satisfaction? Introductory... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion Questions John 5:18-29

Hey leaders, Here’s a recap on this last week’s message. I hope it’s helpful in your own preparation process. Since a lot of this study will have to do with the relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and (implicitly) God the Holy Spirit, I would urge you to spend some time praying for the Spirit to come and reveal his truth to you and your group this week and ask him to show you where to apply these truths before you launch into the study. Teaching Goal: Jesus imitates God the Father as Healer, Giver of Life, and Judge. Application Goal: That when we know who Jesus is, we are able to imitate him in our lives in such a way that it brings other people to life. TPQ: The message this last week was all about how Jesus the Son imitates God the Father. To some degree, we all imitate our parents. What are some of the things that you imitate from your parents that you’re thankful for? What are some things that you imitate from your parents that you previously... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 4:39-54

Hey discussion leaders! Below is a sermon follow up from Pastor Rich’s message from this last Sunday. As usual, feel free to follow or make adjustments as you see fit. I tried to provide answers to the below questions in parentheses, but I intentionally tried to be brief. Don’t just read the answer to your group, but use it in your own studies as you look into God’s word this week to lead your people.  Teaching Goal: Genuine faith trusts in Jesus and obeys his word because of who he is and how he saves, not because of the things he can give us. Application Goal: To believe in Jesus even when he doesn’t provide the exact sign/miracle/blessing/gift that we desire from him because we perceive his glory. Thought Provoking Question: Irony is a major theme in this text. Irony is “a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects.” What are some things you’ve discovered in your Christian walk about God or yourself that you didn’t... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 3:9-21

Hey discussion leaders, I hope this provides some helpful questions as you revisit this last week's sermon with your Life Group or family! Teaching goal: God’s display of love in John 3:16 magnifies the glory and worth of God above all else, and this is very good for us. Application goal: That people would have a greater sense of peace because they know their acceptance before God depends on his work and not on our own. TPQ: What is your favorite movie/story that is about love? What is it about that movie/story that you enjoy so much? OR What is the greatest gesture you’ve ever made in order to show love (or appreciation) for someone else? Read John 3:9-21   Intro Questions: (Note: if you didn’t do the study last week, here would be a good place to recap John 2:23-3:8 and Jesus’ teaching on being born again) John 3:16 is probably the most well known verse in the entire Bible. Why do you think that is? Why do you think that people... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – John 2:1-12

Hey discussion leaders! Here’s some follow up questions from Aaron’s sermon from this last weekend. Hope it’s helpful. It’s probably a little long, so feel free to pick and choose what you want to highlight. Teaching Goal: That the way Jesus reveals his glory in John 2:1-12 points us to the fact that Jesus himself is our ultimate joy and gives us analogies to understand what that means. Application Goal: That people would seek to cultivate a greater enjoyment of Christ in their personal and communal (church) lives. Thought provoking question: What is something you enjoy a lot? This is pretty broad, so it could be a hobby, a food, a season, etc. Essentially, what is something that brings you a lot of joy? And what is it about that thing that gives you so much joy? Intro questions: Read John 2:1-2 This wedding took place right after Jesus called his disciples. What can you learn about the way Jesus pursues discipleship based on this passage? How does... Continue reading

Blog Post Sermon Discussion – Philippians 1:3-11

Hey discussion leaders! There should be more than enough here for a discussion to get going, so feel free to pick and choose whichever ones stand out the most to you. Hope it’s a blessing. Thought provoking question: When something difficult enters your life, are you more prone to act first and ask questions along the way, or are you someone who spends a lot of time contemplating your next move? Similarly, when difficulty enters your life, are you more prone towards prayer or towards distancing yourself from God? Has there ever been a circumstance in your life that was difficult at the time but you are thankful for it now? In the sermon, love was defined thusly: “the overflow and expansion of joy in God that meets the needs of others.” What do you think of this definition? Assuming this definition is correct, when Paul prays for our love to abound more and more, how would that look? Read Philippians 2:1-11 and discuss the above definition and Paul’s prayer in... Continue reading

Blog Post 9 Points on Treasure

This is from Sunday's sermon. APPLICATION: So, how do we respond? Don’t we all want to have a simple answer for that? Like, how much do I have to give in order to do the right thing? Now, James says, we’re living in the last days (v.3). This is just a phrase used throughout the New Testament that talks about the time between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and his return. Living in a world where someone came back from the dead changes everything. It certainly changes our relationship to the 3 major false gods of our culture: money, sex, and power. I’m not going to tell you how much you have to give. I’m not going to talk about the “tithe.” I just have these 9 application points that I’m gonna go through real quickly. This is not a "to do" list. It is a way to establish a vision to live a life that invests its treasure in heaven. It's a vision for leaving a legacy. If you are feeling guilty, please don’t give anything to us today. Guilt has motivated... Continue reading

Blog Post Like a Liver or a Big Toe

From Porterbrook: Remember that the church is neither an end in itself, nor is it merely a means to an end…Church is a place where Jesus reigns and where people will catch a glimpse of people loving and serving one another. Church is God’s Kingdom with flesh on it. It is a glorious phenomenon. The Crossing is a church plant, and one of the greatest personal benefits that I have received from being part of this church plant has been a greater understanding of what church actually is. That’s not to say that my previous church experience was devoid of this, but this reality has come into sharper focus as I’ve matured alongside this growing body. In so doing, though, it has become rather easy to think of building the church as an end in itself. And when I notice myself thinking in this way, the pendulum swings (as pendulums often do) to the other side, which is isolation. I regularly find myself way too focused on how to gather more people by meeting with them, inviting... Continue reading

Blog Post Everyday Evangelism

Fellow intern Daniel Smith sent this blog to me. I've found it very helpful and is certainly the sort of thing that is within the vision for the Crossing. It's written by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, who have written a couple of helpful books on what church is, and this is an excerpt from a new one (Everyday Church) that I will likely recommend. Enjoy it and discuss it below! Check out the blog here.help with writing an... Continue reading

Blog Post Book Report – What Is the Gospel? Part Two

Last week, I began a book report on Greg Gilbert’s What Is the Gospel? (Crossway, 2010), so I would advise you to read that before beginning here, but I hope that this second post will be helpful for seeing how many of the key aspects of the gospel are all tied together. Chapter Six: The Kingdom Though God’s rule, in a sense, extends over everything, there is a deeper and fuller reality to the kingdom of God. His kingdom is a kingdom that is thoroughly extended to those who have been redeemed by the King himself. In his sacrifice upon the cross, Jesus made a way for people into his kingdom by his blood. Poorly conceived, the notion of the kingdom of God was just the thought that the people of God would be restored in their own earthly kingdoms, namely the Israelites in Palestine. The prophetic scheme, however, pointed to three very different savior types long before Jesus was on the scene. There was the prophesied Messiah (king) found throughout the Psalms and prophets,... Continue reading