VerseD: Luke 6:28

bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Luke 6:28, ESV

The light of the Gospel shines through us when people see how we love those who hurt us.

It is not condoning abuse. It is loving the abuser with the love of the Savior.

VerseD: Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8, ESV

God’s Word has shown us His heart: to love others as we love God.

Turn to Him today.

VerseD: Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4, ESV

When life gets tough, we know our God is with us from His Word, not condoning our actions but guiding us through then. Like a shepherd keeping His flock from straying.

VerseD: Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12, ESV

The Bible is written, but it came through the Holy Spirit who points us to Christ and our sinfulness, thus our need for Christ.

Turn to Christ.

VerseD: Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us

Ephesians 3:20, ESV

God’s Word empowers us to share the Gospel and be a part of changing lives for eternity.

Carry His Word in your heart and to the world, trusting Him to guide you.

VerseD: Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

Isaiah 40:8, ESV

This world will not last forever, but the eternal truth of God’s Word will never fade or disappear. Trust God.

Sermon on the Mount study notes: Matthew 6:25-34

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 11

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian.

What was discussed last time?

  • Where we store our riches
  • Inner darkness vs. light
    • Is our focus on the Kingdom or ourselves?
    • Are we listening to/teaching selfish, worldly teachings?
  • We can’t serve two masters.

Matthew 6:25:
“Therefore …”: Jesus has been leading to a point in this chapter:

  • We give to those in need
  • We fast and pray
  • We do it all to focus on God and His Kingdom

Since we are focusing on God:

  • Why should we worry?
    • Food
    • Water
    • Clothes

Matthew 6:26-32:
We get a mini-lesson on why not to worry:

  • Birds of the air
    • Psalm 147:9 (see vv. 7-11)
    • Job 38:41
  • Solomon and flowers
  • If these can be clothed so beautifully, yet …
    • Isaiah 40:8, 61:10-11
      • We are reminded that nothing in this world lasts, so we should trust what God says.
      • 2 Peter 3:9-13
      • This all reminds us that such as the Prosperity Gospel is false

Matthew 6: 33-34:
We get the reminder that we trust God alone. And what does that look like?

  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • 1 Peter 5:5-11

VerseD: Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105, ESV

The Bible reveals the truth about our lives and who God is.

Trust its truth and its source. Follow God!

This Sunday at Church: Pray for the 340 Million Global Christians in Harm’s Way

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3, ESV)


The Domain for Truth

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for the 340 Million Global Christians in Harm’s Way.

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VerseD: Matthew 24:35

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Matthew 24:35, ESV

Scripture prophesied Christ. Christ prophesied His death and resurrection.

We can trust His promises. They are forever, and He is coming again.