NOTE: Many of these notes are acquired through different commentaries, one major commentary used in this message was completed by William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew. Also, there are some things from the Dietrick Bonhoeffer book called 'Cost of Discipleship'
*Where this scripture falls in entirety of the Bible- Biblical Gospel Theme (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration to New Creation).
We have been walking thru the Gospel of Matthew...(expound) Seen Jesus from birth, growing up, his baptism, testing in the desert, the beginning of his ministry, his start of preaching, teaching and healing, and the calling of his disciples and the masses start flocking to and following him...Now here is the sermon on the mount(expound)...
The Sermon on the Mount Continues
GOD IS RELATIONAL!
JESUS IS ALL about people, that is why he came to the Earth. WE now find ourselves sitting before Jesus' teaching. And the teaching is coming from a common, simple man. A man who was in the midst of people, sitting with them, talking with them, eating with them, living with them. But there was something different about him...He taught, did things and lived as no one before him. And now we find him teaching on a hillside with a large group of people listening to him, Jesus...
WE find ourselves in the middle of a teaching which started with Jesus opening himself up and showing who He was and how he lived with the beatitudes. Then he moves to challenge the peoples current understanding and way of living saying over and over again, "you have heard that it was said...but I tell you that...". He had a new authority and began to set a new standard. He then moved on to start teaching about the motives of a persons' heart concerning worship(giving, prayer, fasting). & then right before we find ourselves in this small part of Jesus' teaching- Jesus says that all who decide to follow him need focus on and live in such a way that the spiritual and eternal are reality & not the physical.
So we are sitting before Jesus probably in a state of awe and being overwhelmed by his teaching. We begin to think about being hot and tired and a physical hunger creeping on us. We wonder where we are going to sleep and take a bath and get some food. Then forcing our focus back to God and the spiritual teachings of Jesus we become overwhelmed. We start to think, I have a hard enough time taking care of myself and my family physically, there is no way we can live as Jesus' teachings call us to. Maybe doubt creeps in and anxiety starts to mount on us one small thing at a time...and then Jesus comes with this teaching...that is where we find ourselves in Matthew 6:25-34.
“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 hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor 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(Gentiles-people who don't know God) 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 6:25-34 NIV)
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:25-34 MSG)
1) Scripture Question: What are your scripture objections? Intellectual, moral??
-If you believe: a) God doesn't exist & b) the Bible is just a story book not Gods words. Please be patient and keep an open mind with us tonight.
So we don't have to do anything, God just gives us what we need??
conflict: how can you seek righteousness? -doesn't the bible say no man is righteous.
What are your biggest problems with Christianity?