Matthew 5:1-12 2 Timothy 3:12 1. Our Needs to RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS THAT LAST Matthew 5:3-5 Psalm 51:17 Luke 18:9-14 2. Our Desire PURSUE THE BLESSINGS THAT LAST Matthew 5:5 Matthew 5:20-37 3. Our Disposition to SHARE THE BLESSINGS THAT LAST Matthew 5:7-9 Psalm 24:3–4 4. Our Perseverance DEMONSTRATE THE BLESSINGS THAT LAST Matthew 5:10-12…
Matthew 22:23-40 1. They missed WHAT GOD SAID Matthew 22:23-32 2. They missed THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SCRIPTURES Matthew 22:23-24; Acts 1:8; John 14:15-18; John 16:12-15 3. They missed WHAT THE RESURRECTION IS ALL ABOUT Matthew 22:29b-32 4. They missed THE POWER TO OBEY THE GREAT COMMANDMENT Matthew 22:34-40
Matthew 20:20-29 1. God Himself SOVEREIGNLY SELECTS HIS LEADERS Matthew 20:23 John 15:16 Daniel 2:20-21 Daniel 4:17 John 19:1-2 I am here neither by selection of an individual nor election of a group of 50 some million people, but by the sovereign selection of ALMIGHTY GOD. 2. God Himself SOVEREIGNLY PREPARES HIS LEADERS Matthew 20:24-29…
When Jesus is talking about the treasure, he means the WORD OF GOD. God communicating to his creation, unlocking the mystery of who God is, why we human beings are here on earth, and how we should live on this earth.
We read the Word of God because it is God’s treasure entrusted to us. When we read in His treasure, we will get to know God better. In it our heavenly Father communicates with us, revealing to us His heart and vision for our lives. Where else could we learn about God’s holy character, or about His kingdom established in our hearts, or about the grace of God, the unconditional love of God for us. Apart from such a treasure, we would never know anything about God’s nature, God’s plan for us, God’s future for us, God’s purposes for us.
In other words, this treasure, God’s Word, shows us the way we should go. It also shows us what will happen if we do not treasure God’s advice.
The psalmist clearly points out that by treasuring His Word in our heart, we will be able to live under its daily influence and experience the blessings that come with it.
The Bible, the written word of God, is the only book in the entire world, especially the only religious book in the world where hundreds of prophecies have been recorded when they were spoken and then recorded hundreds of years later when they have been fulfilled exactly as predicted.
“My hands shook as I started to unwrap one of them. I read a few sentences. It was written in beautiful biblical Hebrew. The language was like that of the Psalms, but the text was unknown to me. I looked and looked, and I suddenly had the feeling that I was privileged by destiny to gaze upon a Hebrew Scroll which had not been read for more than 2,000 years. ” Hebrew University Professor Eliezer Lipa Sukenik
Oh, let us never come to a point to read the greatest treasure like most of the religious leaders did when Jesus walked this earth. Searching the Scripture to find eternal life, yet never understood that the very text was testifying of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
If you would have to give a definition of who Jesus is, what would it be?
Peter simply stated: You are the Christ, the anointed one, the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God.
The apostle Paul in the letter to the Colossian church is getting all excited when he giving them a definition of who this Jesus Christ is.
Notice how valuable that treasure is. First, the man finds the treasure and immediately recognizes HOW VALUABLE that treasure is. He does not tell anyone about his find, because he is concerned that someone else would take it from him. His heart is filled with great joy as he goes and liquidates everything he owns so he can go and buy the field in which the treasure is hidden. IN OTHER WORDS, TO GET THE TREASURE, HE IS WILLING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING ELSE.
In the second parable, the man is portrayed as a merchant, a person of great wealth. He is seeking pearls so he could resell them with a profit. However, in his search He came across ONE VERY SPECIAL PEARL OF GREAT VALUE, he also was willing to go and sell everything he owned so he could get that particular PEARL. The treasure hidden in the field and the pearl of great price are both POINTING TO THE GREATEST TREASURE OF ALL TIME, JESUS CHRIST. In order to get that treasure we must be willing to give up everything.
Today’s evangelistic sermons are full of sugar that brings the hearer to a temporary “sugar-high” only to crash a few hours and days later.
The truth is that the person who finds the treasure, who finds the pearl, never has enough to procure this treasure unless he or she is willing to let go of everything.
Matthew 2:1-23 1. They were SEEKING THE TRUTH Matthew 2:2 Deuteronomy 4:29 2. They were WILLING TO PURSUE THE TRUTH—WHATEVER THE COST Matthew 2:1 Matthew 13:44-46 3. They were NOT WILLING TO GIVE UP—UNTIL THEY FOUND HIM Matthew 2:9-11 4. They came FOR THE RIGHT REASON Matthew 2:2 1.1. I Give Him FIRST PLACE IN…
What is it that these disciples did not understand, yet the child Jesus brought into their midst did understand? How could this be that the Disciples who where chosen by the Lord Himself to become the Apostles, the movers and shakers of the 1st century, could not understand what this little child understood? Scientific studies and tests show that a child’s creativity – which includes imagination and wonder – diminished by 90 % between ages 5 and 7. When adults get to be 40, they have about 2 % of the creativity they had when they were 5 years old.
The more we know about God, the more overwhelmed we are with wonder.
Moses was changed because he was amazed by something God did in his life.
Matthew 28:1-20 Mark 16:1-4 1. The STONE, the SEAL and the GUARDS Matthew 27:62-66 Matthew 28:2-6 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 Romans 4:23-25 1 Corinthians 15:14-18 2. The SYMBOLS and the WORDS Matthew 28:3-7 2 Timothy 1:7-11
Principle One: The power of God is found in the Gospel. Principle Two: Miracles benefit God’s people.