Lessons From Jerusalem

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We are currently going through a sermon series in the Gospel of Matthew. Today, however, we have the privilege of hearing from a guest speaker, Joel DeSelm.  

Lessons from Jerusalem


Historical Background:

Why is Jerusalem such a unique city?


  1. It is one of the ___________________ cities in the world and probably the most _____________________.


  1. It is considered a holy city to three Abrahamic religions:

_____________, ___________________, ____________________  


  1. It is arguably the most _______________________ city in the world.


ten measures of beauty were given to the world.  nine were taken by jerusalem, and one was distributed all over earth  (jewish talmud).


Psalm 125:1, 2

1 A Song of Ascents Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and for evermore.


Practical Application:

How is Jerusalem a metaphor for God’s people?


  1. Like the city of Jerusalem, the Lord _____________________

His people.


  1. Like the city of Jerusalem, those who trust in the Lord are _________________________.


  1. Like the city of Jerusalem, God’s children will _________________________________.

          The Hebrew word “Shaddai” – the Name of God





Hinnom Valley




                                                                                  Kidron Valley



Central Valley






 2 Chronicles 6:6

“But now I have chosen Jerusalem for _______________________ to be there.” 


Deuteronomy 16:2

“Sacrifice as the Passover to the LORD your God an animal from your flock or herd at the _______________ the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his Name.


  1. Like the city of Jerusalem, God has placed ____________ _______________ upon us identifying us as His own.

Pastor Joel DeSelm          Hillside Missionary Church    May 26, 2024

Small Group Guide:

Open with prayer.

Go around and give everyone a chance to share about how the past week has been. What’s one highlight? What’s one lowlight?

If your small group has talked about it before, feel free to use this time to hold people accountable to what they’ve asked to be held accountable for previously, and go through the “missional” part of this discussion guide.

Prayer Time:

Pray for each other in your small group to be faithful take the step(s) that you shared above. Pray for each other and the interactions that they have with those who don’t know Jesus. Pray that God would soften the people’s hearts to what He has for them. Pray that God would give everyone opportunities to share the Gospel.

Staying Missional:

Share spiritual/missional conversations you’ve had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?

What’s next?

Discuss the next step for your small group. When will we gather again and what purpose will it fulfill?