03/17/19 Who Are the “These?”

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Who Are the “These?” Matthew 19:13-22 1. The “These” (Matthew 19:14) are Residents of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 19:13-15, Matthew 7:21, James 2:5) Matthew 7:21, Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. James 2:5, Listen, my dear brothers and …

03/10/19 The Perfect Wedding

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The Perfect Wedding Matthew 19:1-12 1. The Question: Is Divorce Permissible for Any Reason? (Matthew 19:1-3, Deuteronomy 24:1) Deuteronomy 24:1, “If a man marries a woman, but she becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, he may write her a divorce certificate, hand it to her, and send her away from his house. Opinion 1: Shammai …

03/03/19 Personal Forgiveness

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Personal Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35 1. We Amaze Ourselves with our Generous Forgiveness. (Matthew 18:21) a. This literally translates: “How many times will my brother sin against me and I will forgive him?”   2. The Example of Forgiveness, for a Christian, is God Alone. (Matthew 18:22-27, Genesis 4:24, Romans 4:6-8) Genesis 4:24, If Cain is to be avenged seven times …

02/24/19 Love That Has Feet, Part II

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Love That Has Feet, Part II Matthew 18:15-20 1. God is Committed to Restoration and Preservation! a. He Values Everyone! (Matthew 18:10, Matthew 18:14, Luke 19:10) b. He Doesn’t Let the Majority’s Success Keep Him from the Minority in Trouble. (Matthew 18:12) c. He Takes the Initiative to Seek and Restore. (Matthew 18:12, Revelation 3:19-20) d. He Rejoices in Restoration. …

02/17/19 Love That Has Feet, Part I

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Love That Has Feet, Part I Matthew 18:10-14 1. God is Committed to Restoration and Preservation! a. He Values Everyone! (Matthew 18:10, Matthew 18:14, Luke 19:10)   Luke 19:10, For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.   b. He Doesn’t Let the Majority’s Success Keep Him from the Minority in Trouble. (Matthew 18:12) …

02/10/19 I Am a Child of ___________

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I Am a Child of _______ Matthew 18:1-9 1. Being Childlike in Faith is More Important Than Outranking Others. (Matthew 18:1-3, Matthew 11:25, Deuteronomy 9:1, 1 Peter 5:6) Matthew 11:25, At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. …

01/27/19 An Elevated Status

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An Elevated Status Matthew 17:22-27 1. The Plan of God Was Intentional and Misunderstood. (Matthew 17:22-23, Acts 2:23, John 14:1-3) Acts 2:23, Though he [Jesus] was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail him to a cross and kill him. John 14:1-3, Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe …

01/20/19 I Believe in Me…???

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I Believe in Me…??? Matthew 17:14-20 1. The World and Its Problems Can Be Overwhelming. (Matthew 17:14-15, Hebrews 10:32, Ephesians 6:11-12) Hebrews 10:32, Remember the earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings. Ephesians 6:11-12, Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. …