Matthew

The Other Side of Christmas

(Matt. 2:16-18)

  1. There are those who are at work to destroy the truth revealed by the event.
  2. There are facts revealed by the event which, unless acknowledged, will harden the heart to truth.
  3. The event is not always a time of glimmer and joy; it can also be a time of suffering for many.
    1. The needy
    2. The afflicted, etc.

A Divine Invitation to Service

(Matt. 4:19)

  1. Invitation of a Divine Person ("And he saith unto them.")
  2. Invitation to a challenging prospect ("Follow me.")
  3. Invitation to a rewarding purpose ("I will make you fishers of men.")

Blessings of the Beatitudes

(Matt. 5:1-12)

  1. The Blessings of Humility
    1. Spiritual vision (v. 3)
    2. Divine comfort (v. 4)
    3. Promised inheritance (v. 5)
  2. The Blessings of Holiness
    1. Spiritual sustenance (v. 6)
    2. Divine mercy (v. 7)
    3. Personal encounter with God (v. 8)
  3. The Blessings of Happiness
    1. Spiritual sonship (v. 9)
    2. Divine reward (v. 10)
    3. Permanent provision (vv. 11-12)

The Christian's Prayer Life

(Matt. 6:6)

  1. It is assumed that prayer will be a natural part of the Christian experience. ("When thou prayest")
  2. It is assumed that the Christian will have a place of prayer. ("Enter into thy closet.")
  3. It is assumed that the Christian will be very personal in his praying. ("Shut thy door.")
  4. It is assumed that the Christian will desire the fellowship of prayer. ("Pray to thy Father.")
  5. It is a promise from God that he will reward such praying. ("Father will reward thee")

The Savior's Plea for Loyalty

(Matt. 6:24-33)

  1. The plea should be honored when considering the speaker.
    1. As Lord he has the right to expect loyalty.
    2. As Savior he set the perfect example in his loyalty to God's will.
    3. As God in flesh he could speak from experience, having been tempted to serve mammon and overcome.
  2. The plea should be honored when considering the two choices (v. 24).
    1. God always gives us a choice.
    2. Divided loyalties always result in unfaithfulness.
    3. Loyalty to Christ calls for nothing less than total servitude.
  3. The plea should be honored when considering the results.
    1. It is a mistake to put necessities of life ahead of loyalty to Christ.
    2. Loyalty abolishes overanxiousness about life's needs.
    3. Loyalty guarantees assurance of God's provision in life's needs.

Successful Praying

(Matt. 7:7-8)

  1. Prayer is the blessed privilege of the saints.
    1. We have but to ask and receive.
    2. We have but to seek and find.
    3. We have but to knock and to have the door of God's heart opened unto us.
  2. Answered prayer is the promised reward.
    1. The promise assumes a genuine relationship with God.
    2. The promise assumes a proper fellowship with God.
    3. The promise assumes proper wisdom in praying.
  3. Persistence is the key to successful praying. ("Ask," "Seek," "Knock.")

Christ, the Gate to Life

(Matt. 7:13-14)

  1. The wide gate to destruction has always been to man's disadvantage.
  2. Christ, the gate to life, was sent to give man a choice.
  3. Christ, the gate to life, was sent to give man the advantage.

Builders

(Matt. 7:21-29)

  1. Jesus Describes a Wise Builder (vv. 24-25).
    1. One who follows instructions
    2. One who chooses a proper foundation
    3. One who is not foolish enough to ignore the importance of the above
  2. Jesus Describes a Foolish Builder (vv. 26-27).
    1. One who ignores instructions
    2. One who builds on a weak foundation
    3. One who suffers loss for trusting in a plan of his own devising

A Simple Invitation to Salvation

(Matt. 11:28)

  1. Notice the simplicity of Christ's invitation. ("Come unto me")
  2. Notice the general character of those included in Christ's simple invitation. ("All ye that labour and are heavy laden")
  3. Notice the great truth revealed in Christ's simple invitation. ("I will give you rest")

Sign Seekers

(Matt. 12:38-42)

  1. Sign seekers are truth rejecters.
    1. "Adulterous generation" (v. 39)
    2. Refers to religious apostasy
  2. Sign seekers are easily deceived.
    1. "Evil... generation" (v. 39)
    2. Refers to following teachings based upon man's interpretation of truth
  3. Sign seekers are faithless people.
    1. Contrasted to faith of "men of Nineveh" (v. 41) and of "queen of [Sheba]" (v. 42)
    2. Faith goes beyond signs and seeks Jesus (vv. 39b-40). (Note reference to light from God's Word pinpointing truth revealed in Jesus, v. 40.)