The Narrow Path

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road the leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

We have been looking, in the past few studies, at the well-known part of the sermon that comes under the heading ‘Ask, seek, knock.’ Continue reading “The Narrow Path”

Do Unto Others

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:7-12

I need to apologise for the longer length of this study. I hope, nevertheless, that you will persevere and read through it all, and consider what is written here. Continue reading “Do Unto Others”

Falling and Learning

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:7-12

In the previous study we began looking at the well-known section of the Sermon that begins with the words, ‘Ask and it shall be given.’ We saw that it is important to take these words in context, which results in the promise being less of a blanket statement than expected. It is more about good parenting than about being a promise to give whatever you ask for. Continue reading “Falling and Learning”

Ask And It Will Be Given

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:7-12

We have been looking at the third chapter of the Sermon, and uncovered some uncomfortable truths about judging. The most uncomfortable is the reaction of the Lord to us, should we feel the need to judge someone else. Continue reading “Ask And It Will Be Given”

Dogs and Pigs

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Matthew 7:6

In the previous study we began to look at the third chapter of the Sermon in Matthew. It begins with the well-known text about not judging others. Continue reading “Dogs and Pigs”

Do Not Judge

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Matthew 7:1-5

In this study we begin the study of the 3rd chapter of the Sermon. Continue reading “Do Not Judge”

The Kingdom First

…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34

Recently we have been looking at the theme of worry and anxiety. We saw, as with many things in this Sermon, that Jesus’ ways are radically different from our way of thinking. Indeed, it is even to the point where we would think it crazy. But yet I have accepted the challenge from Jesus to be different. This does not guarantee that there will be no difficulties, but Jesus did say that he came to bring us life more abundantly. Continue reading “The Kingdom First”

Three Steps to Change Your Thinking

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:28-34

First I wish to apologise for the longer length of the study presented here. There are three points to make, and I really believe that these should be learned together. They are very important and very practical for each and every one of us. Continue reading “Three Steps to Change Your Thinking”

Don’t Worry

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single day to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27

In this study we begin a new section on the Sermon which, in my bible, has the heading “Do not worry.” There are many aspects of life dealt with in this section. Despite the title given in the NIV, I feel that it is less about worrying and more about learning to trust the Lord our Father. Continue reading “Don’t Worry”

Two Masters?

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24

We have been looking at the portion of the Sermon which, in the NIV bibles, has the heading ‘Treasures in heaven.’ This began with the encouragement to store treasures in heaven rather than on earth. Next we had the encouragement to focus on the light rather than unhealthy things. Today is another case of choosing one thing instead of the other. Continue reading “Two Masters?”