MATTHEW 4

10 Outlines

 

Matthew 4:1-11

LESSONS FROM THE TEMPTATION

 

HOW THE CHRISTIAN LIVES – Vs. 4 – Man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God

 

WHAT THE CHRISTIAN LEARNS – Vs. 7 – God is not to be tempted.

 

WHO THE CHRISTIAN LOVES – Vs. 10 – God alone is to be worshipped and served

 

 

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Matthew 4:1-11

SATAN OFFERS – JESUS OFFERS

 

1 John 2:15-17 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

SATAN OFFERS THE PHYSICAL – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WORD - Vss. 3-4 –

Lust of the Flesh versus the Word of God

 

SATAN OFFERS THE PERSONAL (humanism) – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WISDOM (Don’t tempt God) - Vss. 5-6 – Pride of Life versus the Wisdom of God

 

SATAN OFFERS THE PRACTICAL – JESUS OFFERS GOD’S WORSHIP - Vss. 9-10 – Lust of the Eyes (Satan is saying, “You see it. You want it. Worship me and I will give it to you.”) versus the Worship of God

 

 

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Matthew 4:1-11

THE PRIORITIES OF LIFE

 

When Jesus was tempted He showed the priorities of God.

He did not yield to temptation, but kept His priorities straight.

 

THE PRIORITY OF THE WORD – Vss. 3-4

God’s Word is more important than physical comfort.

 

THE PRIORITY OF THE WALK – Vss. 5-7

It is more important to please God than to tempt Him.

 

THE PRIORITY OF WORSHIP – Vss. 9-10

It is more important to worship God than to worship Satan or anything else.

 

 

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Matthew 4:1-11

THIS IS A TEST!!

 

During our lives we will face many tests. Some tests will be of an academic nature.  Other tests will be of a Spiritual nature.  Adam and Eve were tested in the Garden of Eden, and they failed!  Our Lord Jesus Christ was tested, being tempted by Satan and He passed!

There are some things about the temptation of Jesus, that will help us when we face life's temptations.

 

DIRECTION FROM THE SPIRIT Vs. 1

When Jesus was tempted, it was right after a great time of blessing.

See Matthew 3:13-17.

When we are tempted, it will often be after a Spiritual "high".

               

Satan likes to catch us off guard.

Note, however, that Jesus went into the wilderness under the guidance of the Spirit of God. You and I can't avoid life's tests, but we should follow our Lord's example, and let His Spirit guide us.

 

DISTRACTIONS FROM SATAN Vss. 2-3, 5-6, 8-9

Jesus was tested with the exact 3 types of sin that confronted Eve.

1 John 2:15-17 gives us a description of these temptations. They are the "lust of the flesh", the "lust of the eyes" and "the pride of life."

Compare the temptation of Jesus with that of Eve, referring to Genesis 3:6

Lust Of The Flesh Vss. 2-3 - "...the tree, was good for food..."

Pride Of Life Vss. 5-6 - "...and a tree desired to make one wise..."

Lust Of The Eyes Vss. 8-9 - "...and that it was pleasant to the eyes..."

 

DECLARATIONS FROM SCRIPTURE

 

One Word - Vs. 4 - The Word of God has the final say, not the suggestions of Satan. We should live by every Word from God.

One Way - Vs. 7 - The way to follow is God's way, therefore, we should not tempt (test) him by trying to go our own way.

One Worship Vss. 10-11 - Only God should be worshipped, not Satan.

 

Note that Jesus was victorious over Satan, and that every time he was tested, He quoted the Scriptures.

 

 

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Matthew 4:1-11

TEMPTED TO DENY

 

Satan tempts us in the same areas that He tempted Jesus. Satan was trying

to get Jesus to sin by denying three truths about God. Satan will try to

get us to deny God in the same three ways.

 

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 1-2

 

SATAN WANTS US TO DENY GOD'S PROVISION Vss. 3-4

God has promised to take care of our needs. Psalm 23:1, Philippians 4:19

When we do not get what we think we need, Satan will tempt us to take

matters into our own hands, and go against God's provision in our lives.

Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread. If He had done this, He would

have denied God's power to take care of Him.

 

SATAN WANTS US TO DENY GOD'S PLAN Vss. 5-7

It was not God's plan that Jesus jump off the pinnacle of the temple.

There are times when we will be tempted to go against what we know to be

God's plan for our lives. When we do this we are following Satan and not our

God.

 

SATAN WANTS US TO DENY GOD'S PREEMINENCE Vss. 8-10

Satan promised Jesus great power if He would bow down and worship Satan.

Satan may not ask you to worship Him directly, as he did Jesus.

However he will ask you to worship things other than the one true God.

Matthew 6:24, Deuteronomy 6:4-5

 

Notice that Jesus resisted Satan by quoting Scripture. We should resist in

the same way, relying on the Holy Spirit to control us and give us strength

to resist the temptation to deny God. 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

 

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Matthew 4:12-25

HIS GREATNESS!

 

THE GREATNESS OF HIS PREACHING – Vss. 12-17

THE GREATNESS OF HIS PULL – Vss. 18-22 – He attracts disciples

THE GREATNESS OF HIS POWER – Vss. 23-25

 

 

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Matthew 4:12-25

MEETING THE MASTER

 

Jesus is beginning his ministry and introducing Himself to the Jewish people.

 

THE MASTER'S MOVEMENT - Vss. 12-16

In fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus moved His ministry to Capernaum.

 

THE MASTER'S MESSAGE - Vs. 17

The message was a reiteration of John's message. It was a call to repentance.

 

THE MASTER'S MEN - Vss. 18-22

The first disciples were called to be "Fishers of Men".

 

THE MASTER'S MINISTRY - Vss. 23-25

He taught. He preached. He healed.

 

 

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Matthew 4:13-25

WHEN JESUS CAME

 

HE WAS A MESSENGER – Vss. 13-17, 23

HE WAS A MENTOR – Vss. 18-22

HE WAS MIRACLE WORKER – Vss. 23-25

 

 

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Matthew 4:18-22

RECRUITED!

 

Jesus called four men out of one career into another.

 

CAREER - They were fishers.

CHALLENGE - They were to follow, He would make them.

CHANGE - They forsook the old career and began a new one by following Him.

 

 

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Matthew 4:19

SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SOUL WINNER

 

Do you want to be a soul winner?  That is do you want to bring people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus as Savior?

Te way we start winning souls may surprise you.

 

Read Matthew 4:18-22.

Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee.

Peter and Andrew were casting a net to fish.

James and John were mending their fishing nets.

Jesus called them all to be his disciples.

And in calling them to discipleship, Jesus was also calling them to be those who share the good news of the Gospel with others, to be soul winners.

 

The key verse that tells us much about soul winning is

Matthew 4:19 - And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

 

In this verse we see:

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

THERE’S A PROMISE   

 

THERE’S A PRIORITY

 

Many people who would like to win friends and loved ones to Christ make a grave mistake.

So to speak, they put the cart before the horse.

They think about witnessing or try to witness before they follow the command of Jesus is this verse!

 

The command is “Follow Me”!

Jesus wants followers before he wants witnesses.

A follower is a disciple.  A disciple is a learner.

Although new Christians can certainly witness for the Lord and should, it is the Christian who is a committed disciple of Christ’s that will be the most effective witness.

I believe that truly following Jesus involves several things.

 

·        SALVATION

 

The person who is going to be a soul winner, must be saved himself.  I believe that Peter, Andrew, James and John all had encounters with Jesus in John 1:35-42.

 

I believe that the other disciple of John the Baptist that followed Jesus was John the Brother of James who wrote the Gospel of John.  I believe that he too, found his brother and brought him to Jesus.   

 

To be someone’s follower, you must believe in that person.

 

It is the Lord Jesus who died for your sins and mine.  He took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

The Lord Jesus did not stay dead, but arose from the dead.

It is faith in the Lord Jesus as our only hope for forgiveness and for heaven that gives us eternal life.

John 3:16,  John 3:36

To be a “fisher of men” you must be caught by the Lord Jesus yourself.

To be a true follower of Jesus, you must place your faith in Him for your own salvation.  

   

·        SACRIFICE

 

Following Jesus involves sacrifice.

It means loving Him enough to give your whole life to Him.

Why should you and I love the Lord Jesus?

 

We should love Him because He is God. John 1:1-2

 

We should love Him because He is our creator. John 1:3

 

Most of all, we should love Him because He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, giving His life as a ransom for ours.  1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 4:19 

How deep is our love for Christ to go?

Our love of Christ is to be one of total sacrifice so that no one else is loved more. Luke 14:26-27   

   

Your love for the Lord Jesus is to be so strong that love for anyone else pales in comparison. 

Luke 9:23-24

You may wonder why sacrifice is such an important part of following Jesus.

Jesus giving His all was essential for us to be saved. You and I giving our all is essential as we serve the one who saved us.

And you will only be a truly dedicated soul winner, when your life is a sacrifice so that you are willing to go and do whatever He says. Romans 12:1-2  

 

 

·        SCHOOLING

We already said that a disciple is a learner.

A disciple of Jesus must be taught by and about Jesus.

The early disciples spent lots of time with Jesus.

They ate with Jesus.

They worked with Jesus.

The disciples listened as Jesus taught them and also the multitudes that followed Him.

They saw His miracles.

They saw what he was like in the private times, when the world in general was not watching.

 

How will you learn from Jesus today?

First you need to learn to love and read his Word.

Second you need to learn to communicate with Him.

Jesus calls it abiding. John 15:7

 

Third you need to be discipled by Godly followers of the Lord Jesus. Ephesians 4:11-12  

2 Timothy 2:2

 

·        SUBMISSION

 

Jesus said it so simply.

John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

 

It is the submissive follower of Jesus who will witness to whoever and wherever the Lord sends.   

SALVATION

SACRIFICE

SCHOOLING

SUBMISSION

·        STAYING POWER

A true follower of Jesus is faithful.

He has staying power or sticktuitiveness.

He continues to follow no matter how tough things get or how inconvenient they get.

He continues to follow even when others don’t want to listen to what they have to say. Luke 9:57-62

 

Jesus says “Follow Me”.

That is to be the Priority of my life.

SALVATION

SACRIFICE

SCHOOLING

SUBMISSION

STAYING POWER

 

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

 

Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you.”

 

Who made Paul and Peter great soul winners?

Who made Dwight Moody a great soul winner?

Who made Billy Graham the greatest evangelist of our generation?

 

God did.

Jesus is saying “If you follow me, being saved, living a sacrificial life of love, letting me school you, submitting to me in obedience and sticking with it, I will make you. You will be all that I want you to be.

 

Being effective for Jesus is a process of Jesus making us.

As we mature the more he will be able to use us.

And we have the confidence that he will work through us in the Power of the Holy Ghost. Acts 1:8,

Isaiah 55:10-11

 

If we have are following Jesus, He will not only give us the words to say, but the Holy Spirit’s power behind.  That doesn’t mean that every person we witness to will be saved, but the words we say will have impact.

 

And remember, God uses many people to get his message across. You may be one of many to witness to a person who will eventually be saved.   

 

1 Corinthians 3:6 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

 

THERE’S A PRIORITY

THERE’S A PROCESS

THERE’S A PROMISE

   

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jesus has promised to make us “Fishers of Men”.

We will be able to bring men and women to Jesus Christ as Savior.

What a privilege that is.

 

 

 

 

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