Matthew 13:24-52 Message

Matthew 13:24-52 Message

“THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE…” (Kingdom Parables, Part 2) Matthew 13:24-52, Key Verse: 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Last week we began to study Jesus’ ministry of parables with the parable of the sower. It showed us that the kingdom of heaven is planted in our hearts through the…

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Matthew 13:24-52 Questions

Matthew 13:24-52 Questions

“THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE…” (Kingdom Parables, Part 2) Matthew 13:24-52, Key Verse: 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” 1. Though a man sowed good seed, what happened to his field (24-28a)? Why didn’t they pull up the weeds (28-30)? What does this suggest about the kingdom of heaven, the…

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Matthew 13:1-23 Questions

Matthew 13:1-23 Questions

ONE WHO HEARS AND UNDERSTANDS (Kingdom Parables, Part 1) Matthew 13:1-23, Key Verse: 23 “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” 1. When and where did Jesus go next, and who gathered around him (1-2)? What did Jesus do (3a)? What is a parable? 2. Read 3b-8. What four kinds of soil…

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Matthew 13:1-23 Message

Matthew 13:1-23 Message

UNDERSTAND WITH HEART, TAKE ROOT AND OVERCOME (Kingdom Parables, Part 1) Matthew 13:1-23, Key Verse: 23 “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” In the last passage, Matthew 12:22-50, Jesus defended his work and gave the Pharisees warnings when they did not gather with him. Yet he also encouraged them to make…

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Matthew 12:22-50 Questions

Matthew 12:22-50 Questions

WHOEVER IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST ME Matthew 12:22-50 Key Verse: 12:30  “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” 1. What miracle did Jesus do (22)? Why did people think Jesus might be the Son of David (23)? How did the Pharisees react quite differently (24)? 2. How did Jesus expose their accusation as false and self-condemning (25-27)? Where did Jesus’ power come from and what does it mean that…

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Matthew 12:22-50 Message

Matthew 12:22-50 Message

WHOEVER IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST ME Matthew 12:22-50, Key Verse: 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” In the last passage, Jesus declared that he is the Lord of Sabbath. He tried to teach the Pharisees that God desires mercy, not sacrifice, but they rejected Jesus and plotted to kill him. Then Jesus withdrew from that place but continued to heal people. Matthew, the author, saw this Jesus…

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Matthew 12:1-21 Questions

Matthew 12:1-21 Questions

“HERE IS MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN” Matthew 12:1-21 (K. V.: 12:18) “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” 1. For what did the Pharisees accuse Jesus’ disciples (1-2)? What two Biblical illustrations did Jesus give, and how do they apply here (3-5)? How do Jesus’ words “haven’t you read…” help the Pharisees and us?…

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Matthew 12:1-21 Message

Matthew 12:1-21 Message

“HERE IS MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN” Matthew 12:1-21 (K. V.: 12:18) “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Happy Belated New Year! Thank God for showing us many possibilities in this 2019, not to mention all the good things He had done in 2018! Some people had an eventful first couple of weeks already….

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Philippians 3:1-14 Message

Philippians 3:1-14 Message

I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST Philippians 3:1-14, Key verse 3:10 According to scriptures, on his second journey to bring the gospel to the gentile world, the apostle Paul helped start a church in the city of Philippi (a colony of retired Roman soldiers). Thereafter, the Philippians became Paul’s friends and supporters for the rest of his life. When they heard that he was in Rome as a prisoner, they collected money to assist him and sent it with one of…

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1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 Message

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 Message

Christ Crucified 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 (Read 1:10-2:16) Key Verse: 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Happy New Year (again)! Today we are looking at a passage that can continue to help us set our direction and priorities for the year 2019. We see Paul writing to the church at Corinth about what was really the essential core of his ministry. To Paul, the power in the gospel message…

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