Matthew - God’s Kingdom

1 Presenting the King (Matt 1-4 and parallels)

The King is Born

The King is Born

The most celebrated birthday in the world, Christ’s birth not only changed the calendar but also continues to change lives. Fully God yet fully man, He is nothing less than a miracle who can bring miracles into lives.Matt 1,2. Lk 1-2:38; 3:23-38 I.Objectives II.Gospel...

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The Greatest Prophet

The Greatest Prophet

Born miraculously out of godly aged parents, John the Baptist is fully dedicated to his calling. Jesus marks him out as the greatest man that ever lived. Yet barring Christ himself, there would be many greater than him? What is greatness in Christ’s eyes?Objective...

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John Baptizes Jesus

John Baptizes Jesus

Jesus, by getting baptized, introduces the concept of baptism by the Holy Spirit a seal of our inheritance with God. He brings home the significance of baptism today. What happens when we get baptized by water and the Spirit that seals our salvation?Matt 3:13-17, Mark...

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The Tempter lures Jesus

The Tempter lures Jesus

What is Satan’s strategy behind temptations? What can be our strategy following Jesus who remained sinless throughout His life? The temptations of Jesus symbolize basic temptations we all face. His response guides us as to how we can face temptation.Matt 4:1-11, Mark...

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Jesus’ Ministry Launch

Jesus’ Ministry Launch

What is ministry? What is the focal point of Jesus’ ministry? How does that apply to us today? God has called all who believe in Him to minister in different ways. Fulfilling that call using Christ’s role model is finding fulfilment in life.Matt 4:12-25, Lk 4:14-37;...

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2 Winning Attitutes (Matt 5:1-12 and parallels)

Winning Attitudes – Part 1

Winning Attitudes – Part 1

What is true happiness? How can we achieve that? Who is poor in spirit? What form of mourning turns to joy? When can meekness give strength? Achieving soul happiness is the key to living a truly blessed life now and forever.Also known as Beattitudes they are found...

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Winning Attitudes – Part 2

Winning Attitudes – Part 2

What is peace? How can we be a peacemaker? How can we be joyful in the midst of persecution? What are the right and wrong reasons for suffering? What perspectives keep us strong and always victorious in difficult times?Matt 5:6-8; Lk 6:21a Objectives Blessed are those...

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Winning Attitudes – Part 3

Winning Attitudes – Part 3

What is peace? How can we be a peacemaker? How can we be joyful in the midst of persecution? What are the right and wrong reasons for suffering? What perspectives keep us strong and always victorious in difficult times?Ref: Matt 5:9-12, Lk 6:22Overview Key Verses...

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3 Kingdom Lifestyle – Part 1 (Matt 5:13-48 and parallels)

Salt and Light

Salt and Light

What are the inherent properties of salt and light that Christians need to demonstrate? What did salt and light mean in Christ’s days? What do we learn? How do we achieve inherent characteristics that have the power and influence salt and light have?Ref: Matt 5: 13-16...

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Anger and Hurt

Anger and Hurt

What are the consequences of anger and hurt to ourselves? To others? Why is anger compared with murder? How can we avoid these feelings and overcome them? How do we replacing anger and hurt with love and compassion like Christ did?Matt 5:21-26, Matt 18:15-17, Luke...

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Fulfilling the Law

Fulfilling the Law

Is the old testament relevant today? What new dimensions of the law did Jesus fulfil and highlight? What is grace? How do we truly appropriate it in our lives? What changes in our lives when we live under grace as opposed to living under the law?Matt 5:17-20; Luke...

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Be True to Yourself

Be True to Yourself

What is the danger of making promises to people or God? How do we unknowingly at times, deceive others and let others deceive us? How do we shield ourselves from deception? How do we discern deception in us and others?Matt 5:21-26, Matt 18:15-17, Luke 12:57-59, John...

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Lust and Immorality

Lust and Immorality

What is the danger of making promises to people or God? How do we unknowingly at times, deceive others and let others deceive us? How do we shield ourselves from deception? How do we discern deception in us and others?Matt 5:21-26, Matt 18:15-17, Luke 12:57-59, John...

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The Extra Mile

The Extra Mile

What is the principle behind “eye for eye”? What does “turning the other cheek really mean”? When someone offends you what are different ways you can retaliate/ What is the smartest way? Why?Bible passages: Matt 5:38-42; Luke 6:29-30 Objectives Theme Verse Kinds of...

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The Key Differentiator

The Key Differentiator

What differentiates true Christians and non-Christians? How can we love our enemies? Where do we err in our classification and perception of “good” and “bad” people? How can we demonstrate Christlike love towards others?Matt 5:43-48,  Luke 6:27-36 Objectives Theme...

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4 Kingdom Lifestyle – Part 2 (Matt 6 and parallels)

True Righteousness

True Righteousness

How can we discern between true and fake righteousness? In ourselves and others? What motivates fake righteousness? True Righteousness? How can we examine our hearts before God to be righteous in God’s sight? Matt 6:1-4 Objectives Position Intention Renumeration False...

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Successful Prayers

Successful Prayers

How can our prayers be simple, successful and effective? How to pray? When do prayers not reach God? How can we listen to God and make prayer a two-way process? What were the pointers Jesus gives to be effective in prayer?Passages: Matt 6:5-15, Mark 11:25 Luke 5:16,...

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Fasting

Fasting

When and why should we fast? What changes when we fast? How are fasting and prayer related? Biblically fasting represents true sorrow for sin. Without that it is not a fast. Fasting is affliction of the soul in true repentance Matt 6:16-18 Objectives Bible Passages...

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Permanent Wealth

Permanent Wealth

Compare and contrast Kingdom wealth with earthly wealth. How do perspectives change our choices and guide our path? How do we get an enlightened perspective? How do we strike the right balance between wealth in this world and the next?Matt 6:19-24; Luke 12:33-34,...

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Averting Anxiety

Averting Anxiety

Why do we worry? What are matters we worry about? How do we overcome anxiety? What are positive worries we can have? How can we switch from negative to positive anxieties? What assurances does Jesus give when we are anxious?Matt 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-32 Introduction...

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5 Kingdom Lifestyle – Part 3 (Matt 7 and parallels)

Do not Judge

Do not Judge

What is the difference between judgement and discernment? If Jesus came to save and not judge, what should our attitude be? In what situations do we need to be discerning. How can we use this to help others?Matt 7:1-6; Mark 4:24-25; Luke 6:37-42 1.Objectives 2.What it...

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Receiving God’s Bounty

Receiving God’s Bounty

Is God a magic genie granting all your wishes? Ask and we will receive – that’s a big promise. What are the conditions associated? Deeper understanding shows us how we can actually develop the right attitudes and spirit to receive God’s bounty.Bible Passages: Matt...

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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

The golden rule – treat others the way you want to be treated. Summarizing the sermon on the mount – this powerful principle covers much. Matt 7:12; Luke 6:31 Introduction With God’s commandments Worldwide harmony As Sermon Summary Discussion To understand how the...

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Gate to Life

Gate to Life

How can we make the best short-term choices that lead us to our eternal destination? The gate is narrow that leads to life.Matt 7:13-14; Luke 13:23-24 Objectives Meaning Broad Gate Narrow Gate The Choice DiscussionTo: Guide us to make choices (short and long term)...

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True and False Prophets

True and False Prophets

How can we discern and distinguish between true and false prophets? This will help us tackle characteristics of false prophets which can creep into our lives.Matt 7:15-23; Luke 6:43-45; Luke 13:25-30 Discerning “false prophets” Innumerable Indistinguishable externally...

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A Firm Foundation

A Firm Foundation

How can we ride the storms of life? How can we build such a firm foundation that nothing can shake? In uncertain times Jesus is the only certainty.In another graphic summary of his sermon on the mount, Jesus demonstrates to all believers the benefit of applying His...

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6 Master Strokes (Matt 8 and parallels)

Restoring the Leper

Restoring the Leper

The golden rule – treat others the way you want to be treated. Summarizing the sermon on the mount – this powerful principle covers much.Matt 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16; Mark 1:40-45 Introduction The Rules The Leper’s faith SCALES the obstacles Jesus STIRS tradition...

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Faith like the Centurian’s

Faith like the Centurian’s

A Roman who respected Jews, his faith was put to the test when his servant lay paralyzed and suffering. Jesus commends him highly and declares that nowhere in Israel did he find such faith. What made his faith stand out?Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; John 4:46b-54...

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Jesus Heals

Jesus Heals

Jesus stays a pandemic in his times. He demonstrates multiple healing acts in multiple ways to people from different walks of life. The crown of it all is His power to heal sin – by offering His life as sin offering for the world – past, present and future.Matt...

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Conditions of Discipleship

Conditions of Discipleship

What does it take to be Christ’s disciple? Nothing less than everything. There were many who want to join but the price is too high. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” Jim Elliot.Matt 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62 Introduction Crowd –...

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Stillness in Storm

Stillness in Storm

When God appears silent, a miracle may be happening. When storms are raging prepare to witness the power above all storms. The only requirement is to ensure Christ is in the boat with us. He will take us through. Matt 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25 Bible passage...

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Jesus Delivers

Jesus Delivers

When God appears silent, a miracle may be happening. When storms are raging prepare to witness the power above all storms. The only requirement is to ensure Christ is in the boat with us. He will take us through.Matt 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39; Objectives...

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7 The King Calls (Matt 9 and parallels)

The Lame Walk

The Lame Walk

He was determined to get through to Jesus even if it meant breaking a roof. Jesus in return makes healing incidental and assures him forgiveness of sins. Jesus proves He is far more than just a prophet or healer. He is the Messiah.Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke...

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Jesus Calls Matthew

Jesus Calls Matthew

Jesus’ call to Matthew followed by his instant and swift response gives us much to learn on following Jesus. He was ready to leave everything immediately and follow. He seals his choice with a celebration feast to introduce all his friends to Jesus.Matt 9:9-13 ; Mark...

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New Patches on Old

New Patches on Old

Patching up our old life with new behaviors doesn’t really change us. Our life has to be transformed from within for lasting effect and impact. This can only happen by yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit within our lives.Passage:Matt 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke...

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Faith that Heals

Faith that Heals

Visionary faith from people of various walks of life win healing from Jesus. A leader requests, an unclean woman reaches out to touch him, blind men recognize Jesus as Messiah and the demon possessed man requires help from friends.Matt 9:18-34; Matt 20:29-34;  Mark...

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Labourers are Few

Labourers are Few

It is God who sends out workers into the fields of souls ripe to receive Him. Do our eyes perceive these harvest fields in the world? Are we compelled to reach out to them? Are we willing to pray? Are we willing to go?Matthew 9:35-38; Mark 6:6b; 34; Luke 8:1; 10:2...

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8 The King Commissions (Matt 10 and parallels)

The First Commission

The First Commission

Jesus empowers His disciples with great spiritual authority and power to reach the lost sheep of Israel. They go out with nothing other than Gods’ power and spirit in them. They go out in faith with no material resources. They depend on God to provide through His...

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Sheep among Wolves

Sheep among Wolves

Jesus is sending his people as sheep among ferocious wolves. How can few sheep survive among a pack of wolves? Jesus provides the secret. Their success rides in being shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.Bible Passages: Matt 10:16-25; Mark 13:9-13; Luke 12:11-12;...

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Fear God Alone

Fear God Alone

Jesus assures that nothing can touch his people without God’s approval. There is nothing to fear when God is allowing a trial on us. He is in control. The only reason to fear is to go against His wishes. When He is with us, every situation is for the best.Bible...

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Lose Life to Find it

Lose Life to Find it

Before Peace there is a Sword; Before Unity there is Division; Before the Crown there is the Cross; Before Life there is death. Are we ready to lay down our lives for Him just as He laid down His life for us? When we are, there’s no turning back.Bible Passages: Matt...

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Welcome the Righteous

Welcome the Righteous

Jesus encourages his disciples to work on through adversity. They need to wipe out differences and strive towards a common goal. We need to welcome disciples by accepting, serving and supporting them; A great reward awaits in heaven.Bible Passages: Matt 10:40-42; Mk...

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9. Wisdom for Greatness (Matt 11 and parallels)

Signs of the Messiah

Signs of the Messiah

Why does John the Baptist ask Jesus “Are you the Messiah”? Christ systematically highlights unquestionable evidence witnessed by John’s own disciples. He points out to prophecy and reaffirms John’s faith and mission. Bible Passage: Matt 11:1-6, Luke 7.18-23 Background...

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True Greatness

True Greatness

Christ gives his testimony of the greatest man born till date – John the Baptist. He confirms that he is Elijah who is to come. He commends him for his powerful advancement of God’s kingdom. He indicates what it takes to attain true greatness. Bible Passages - Matt...

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Children of Wisdom

Children of Wisdom

Jesus categorizes people into two categories "children of wisdom" and "children of folly". How do we see the play between the two? Matt 11:16-19; Luke 7:29-35 Children of this generation: Calls the shots Changes their minds frequently Curb God’s people Children of...

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When profanity surpasses piety

When profanity surpasses piety

There are times that wicked deeds appear better in God’s sight than fake religion and superficial righteousness. Jesus minces no words to condemn the unrepentant Jews stating that the most sinful cities like Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, etc. were less damned than them....

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Wisdom of Children

Wisdom of Children

Christ's disciples have a great deal of wisdom in God's sight. A wisdom very different to that of the world. What are attributes of this wisdom?Passage/s: Matt 11:25-27; 13:16-17; Luke 10:21-24 Context Heart of Faith – believe Eyes of Faith - see Walk of Faith -...

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Soul Rest

Soul Rest

Simple yet profound. What are the steps to achieve true rest for the soul? This is the real reason Jesus came – to help us seek and attain soul rest. Many want it, but are we prepared to do what it takes to achieve it? Passage/s: Matthew 11:28-30 Context, Introduction...

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10. Power Games and Names (Matt 12 and parallels)

Mercy versus Ceremony

Mercy versus Ceremony

Jesus beautifully highlights the importance of applying mercy to the rules, regulations and ceremonies followed. The law was meant to help, not hamper; to reach out in mercy, not merely ceremony.Bible passages: Matt 12:1-8; Mark 2.23-28 Luke 6.1-5 Sabath Attitudes:...

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Sabbath Reinterpreted

Sabbath Reinterpreted

Jesus beautifully highlights the importance of applying mercy to the rules, regulations and ceremonies followed. The law was meant to help, not hamper; to reach out in mercy, not merely ceremony.Bible passages: Matt 12:1-8; Mark 2.23-28 Luke 6.1-5 Sabath Attitudes:...

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The Servant King

The Servant King

Jesus introduced to us a taste of what His New Kingdom was to be like. The world was awaiting a Messiah - a King who would save everyone. Jesus came in the most unexpected manner - demonstrating what His new Kingdom would be like.Bible passages: Matt 12.15-21; Isa...

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The Unpardonable Sin

The Unpardonable Sin

What is the unpardonable sin? Does it occur at one time or over a period of time? At what point is a person beyond hope of salvation? What can we do to steer clear from the danger zone and be assured of our salvation? Bible passage - Matt 12:22-37; Mark 3:20-35; Luke...

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The last sign

The last sign

Jesus demonstrated in several ways to several people that He is indeed the much-awaited Messiah. Yes, most Jews continued to reject Him and ask for more signs. Jesus said He would demonstrate one last sign as a last chance.Bible passage - Matt 12:22-37; Mark 3:20-35;...

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The Royal Family

The Royal Family

Jesus beautifully highlights the importance of applying mercy to the rules, regulations and ceremonies followed. The law was meant to help, not hamper; to reach out in mercy, not merely ceremony.Bible Passages: Matthew 12:46-50;Mark 3:31-35; Luke 8:19-21; John 15:14;...

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11. Hidden Wisdom (Matthew 13 and parallels)

The visionaries

The visionaries

There are some who see without perceiving, hear without listening, have a heart that does not receive and understand the truth. Jesus highlights who are those visionaries who can truly perceive and build the Kingdom of God. Bible Passages: Matthew 12:46-50;Mark...

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Good and evil co-exist

Good and evil co-exist

Why do the wicked prosper? Christ explains that this is a balancing principle in life for the time being. God is at work and His work is prospering too in ways we may not see. Jesus assures that both good and evil will co-exist till one day evil is removed forever....

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Growth of God’s Kingdom

Growth of God’s Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is right here right now. It is an enigma, few can understand. Silently, powerfully growing. In this passage Jesus tells us about the growth of God's Kingdom. Bible passages: Matt 13.31-32; Mark 4.30-32; Luke13.18-19; Growth of God’s kingdom: Steered...

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