MATTHEW 18

5 Outlines

 

MATTHEW 18:11-14

LOVE FOR THE LOST

 

God has a great love for poor lost sinners. This is seen in this teaching by God's Son.

 

JESUS' PURPOSE Vs. 11

He came to save the lost. That's why He went to Calvary. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

JESUS' PARABLE Vss. 12-13

He tells of the one lost sheep out of one hundred who went astray.

The shepherd goes out to find the lost sheep.

Jesus gave his life for all lost sheep.

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit and His followers, still seeks lost sheep today. He wants the lost to believe on Him. (John 16:8-11, Matthew 28:19-20)

 

JESUS' POINT Vs. 14

God's will is that nobody perish. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

However, every person must believe on Christ, for salvation. (Acts 4:12)

 

 

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Matthew 18:15-20

RECLAIMING A BROTHER

 

PERSONAL CONFRONTATION Vs. 15

PRIVATE CONFERENCE Vs. 16

PUBLIC CHARGE Vs. 17

PAINFUL CORRECTION Vs. 17

POSITIVE CONFIRMATION Vss. 18-20

 

 

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Matthew 18:21-35

HOW MUCH SHOULD I FORGIVE?

 

LEGALISTIC QUESTION Vs. 21

LIBERAL ANSWER Vs. 22

LOGICAL EXAMPLE Vss. 23-35

1.     Forgiven Servant Vss. 23-27

2.     Forgetful Servant Vss. 28-30

3.     Fair Judgment Vss. 31-34

4.     Fateful Conclusion Vs. 35

 

 

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Matthew 18:21-35

A GREAT CHALLENGE

 

It is a challenge to witness.

It is a challenge to live a Godly life.

It is a challenge to walk in the Spirit.

It is a challenge to pray.

Perhaps even a great challenge is to forgive. As a pastor I have personally seen all too much unforgiveness on the part of Christians. In fact I would say that lack of forgiveness is the most frequent problem I've dealt with over the years. Our Lord often handles the topic of forgiveness.

 

THE STANDARD OF FORGIVENESS - Vss. 21-22

Peter thought that he was being generous forgiving someone seven times.

Our Lord seems to be suggesting an unending attitude of forgiveness when he says that we should forgive "Seventy times seven".

 

THE STORY ABOUT FORGIVENESS - Vss. 23-33

 

A Great Debt - Vss. 23-25

A Great Deferment - Vss. 26-27

A Great Disappointment - 28-31

The man who had been forgiven of so much would not forgive someone who owed him far less. Ephesians 4:32

A Great Decree - Vss. 32-33

 

THE SERIOUSNESS OF FORGIVENESS - Vss. 34-35

God has made forgiving others a very high priority indeed!

 

 

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Matthew 18:21-35

WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD FORGIVE

 

Introduction - Vss. 21-22 - Peter asks how much forgiveness needs to be given to others. Jesus tells him that forgiveness is always to be practiced. The number 70 x 7 would indicate an unlimited number of times we need to forgive. Now, Jesus follows with a parable all Christians should take very seriously.

 

UNPAYABLE DEBT - Vss. 23-24 - The debt for the Christian's sin is greater than he could ever pay.

 

UNBELIEVABLE DEFERMENT - Vss. 25-27 - The payment for our sins on the cross by Jesus Christ makes this forgiveness possible.

 

UNACCEPTABLE DECORUM - Vss. 28-31 - If Jesus forgave us for so much, why shouldn't we forgive those who have done relatively so little against us?

 

UNDERSTANDABLE DECREE - Vss. 32-35 - Of course, a true Christian can not lose salvation, but can experience the Lord's hand of discipline upon his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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