MATTHEW 6

12 Outlines

 

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SERIES ON THE LORD’S PRAYER – 8 OUTLINES

 

 

Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21

LET’S GIVE!

 

GIVING IS A PRIVATE MATTER – Vss. 1-4

GIVING IS A PERMANENT MATTER – Vss. 19-20

GIVING IS A PERSONAL MATTER – Vs. 21

 

 

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

GOING PUBLIC

 

PRIVATE SHARING = PUBLIC REWARD – Vss. 1-4

PRIVATE SUPPLICATION = PUBLIC REWARD – Vss. 5-6

PRIVATE SACRIFICE = PUBLIC REWARD – Vss. 16-18

 

 

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Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

QUIET MINISTRY

 

There are those who love to minister publicly so that they can receive the praise of men.

Our Lord Jesus prefers follows that minister privately, or quietly, drawing no attention to themselves.

 

QUIET SHARING - Vss. 1-4

QUIET SUPPLICATION - Vss. 5-6

QUIET SACRIFICE - Vss. 16-18

 

 

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Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18

SECRET SERVICE, OPEN REWARD

 

God wants us to serve Him without drawing attention to ourselves.

When we do this, He rewards us publicly.

 

THE FATHER AND GIVING Vss. 1-4

THE FATHER AND PRAYING Vss. 5-8

THE FATHER AND FASTING Vss. 16-18

 

 

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Matthew 6:5-15

PROPER PRAYING

 

THE PROBLEMS OF THOSE WHO PRAY

Some seek to be seen. Vs. 5

Some use vain repetition. Vss. 7-8

Some refuse to forgive. Vss. 14-15

 

THE PLACE OF PRAYER - Vs. 6

Personal prayers are to be prayed in private places.

 

THE PATTERN OF PRAYER - Vss. 9-13

The Lord's prayer is a pattern. It is a model prayer. We can elaborate on each phrase in the prayer and apply it to our lives.  For instance, when I pray "Thy will be done", I can ask the Lord to reveal his will in situations which relate to me or to those I know. When I pray "Forgive us our debts", I should name my specific sins that need forgiving (1 John 1:9). And when I say, "as we forgive our debtors", I should name those who have hurt me that I chose to forgive.

 

 

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Matthew 6:7-15

PRAYER THE WAY IT OUGHT TO BE

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE – Vss. 7-8

 

FOLLOW THE SAMPLE – Vss. 9-13

1.     Our Worship – “Hallowed be thy name.”

2.     Our Will – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.”

3.     Our Wants – “Give us this day our daily bread.”

4.     Our Walk – “ Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

 

AVOID THE SIN (Unforgiveness) – Vss. 14-15

 

 

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Matthew 6:7-15

PRAYER TYPES

 

FOOLISH PRAYER - Vss. 7-8

FAITHFUL PRAYER - Vss. 9-13

FORGIVING PRAYER - Vss. 14-15

 

 

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Matthew 6:9-13

PRAYER FOCUS

 

FOCUS ON FATHER

Matthew 6:9-10 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

 

FOCUS ON FOOD   

Matthew 6:11 - Give us this day our daily bread.

 

FOCUS ON FORGIVENESS

Matthew 6:12 - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

 

FOCUS ON FREEDOM

Matthew 6:13a - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

 

FOCUS ON FAITH –

Matthew 6:13b - For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God will answer prayers that are offered by faith, in Christ’s name, and for His glory.

Mark 11:24, John 14:13-14   

 

 

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Matthew 6:19-24

USING MONEY WISELY

 

THE RIGHT INVESTMENTS

Matthew 6:19-21 - Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

THE RIGHT INSIGHT

Matthew 6:22-23 - The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. [23] But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

 

THE RIGHT INTEGRITY (One Master)

Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

 

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Matthew 6:24-25

PRIORITIES

 

If a husband left on a hunting trip just as wife started labor pains, we'd say the man had his priorities mixed up.  If an employee lies to get ahead in the company, and does not tell the truth, we'd say that person has his priorities mixed up.  When Christians put their own well being ahead of serving God, Jesus says they have their priorities mixed up.

 

CAUTION Vss. 24-25

  1. No Man Can Serve Two Masters Vs. 24

  2. Life Is More Important Than Food And Clothes Vs. 25

 

CONSIDERATIONS Vss. 26-30

  1. Consider The Fowls Of The Air Vs. 26

  2. Consider Your Height (Worry can't change it.) Vs. 27

  3. Consider The Lilies Vss. 28-30 

 

CONCLUSIONS Vss. 31-34

  1. Don't Worry About Tomorrow Vss. 31,32,34

  2. Seek God's Kingdom Today Vs. 33

 

 

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Matthew 6:24-34

SIMPLE LIVING

 

Life is so complicated!  There are so many things that take our attention away from the Lord.

The way to make life simpler for us is to heed the Lord's teaching in this passage.

 

A PRINCIPLE - SERVE ONE MASTER - Vs. 24

A PRECAUTION - "TAKE NO THOUGHT" (DON'T BE ANXIOUS) - Vss. 25, 27-28, 31-32

A PROVISION - GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS - Vss. 26, 28-30, 32b

A PROCEDURE - PUT GOD'S KINGDOM FIRST - Vss. 33-34

 

 

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Matthew 6:33-34

WELL, IT'S ABOUT TIME!

 

Now, if there's anything that I'm expert at doing, it's worrying. I have been a chronic worrier.

I'm not proud to admit that I've been a chronic worrier.

 

Worry and fear go together. Often we are afraid because we worry, or we worry because we are afraid!

 

Worry and most kinds of fear are sin! Matthew 6:34

 

Jesus said in John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

If I allow my heart to be troubled I am guilty of sin!

 

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

If I am careful, anxious I am guilty of sin.

   

I for one have decided that it is about time that I kick the worry habit!  How about you?

The question is, "How?"  How do I go about kicking this habit that is as addictive as any other bad habit?

How do I go about kicking this habit that is as bad as any other bad habit?

 

Matthew 6:33-34 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

 

OUR TROUBLES ARE MEASURED

 

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Every person, especially the Christian is going to deal with troubles that could cause us to worry.

 

Some trouble will come because you are a Christian. Psalm 34:19, 2 Timothy 3:12,

Some trouble will come to help you mature. James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5

Some trouble comes so that we'll repent of our sin. Proverbs 3:11-12

 

Although we will face troubles, we must bear in mind that God has them measured.  He will not give you any more trouble in one day than what you can handle with His help. 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

God knows how much trouble we can take and He has only given us one day's worth, no more, no less!  And Christian, with that trouble comes God's grace. The Apostle Paul made that discovery.   2 Corinthians 12:7-9

 

OUR TROUBLES CAN BE MULTIPLIED

 

As Jim Cymbala pointed out in his book, Fresh Faith, Satan is a thief! And what does a thief do, among other things? HE STEALS! John 10:10

Fresh Faith by Jim Cymbala with Dean Merill, ©1999 by Jim Cymbala, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Pages 10-11

 

What does Satan want to steal from you?

He wants to steal your joy and peace in Christ.

He wants to steal your ability to serve Christ effectively.

He wants to steal your walk with God.

He wants to steal your mind.

After he steals, he wants to kill and destroy as much of you as he possibly can.   

 

One way he steals is by making you worry.

God has given you all the trouble you can handle in one day.

God will give you all the grace you need to handle the trouble for one day.

Satan wants you to worry about tomorrow's troubles.

Satan wants you to worry about yesterday's troubles.

 

God will give you grace for today's troubles.

God will give you grace tomorrow for tomorrow's troubles.

God gave you grace to deal with yesterday's troubles.

However, God will not give you grace for tomorrow's troubles today.

When we worry we are borrowing trouble from the past and from the future.  When we worry we are using our imaginations to conjure up all sorts of lies about the past and the future.

 

Matthew 6:34 - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself…

 

Please note that Jesus does not say, "Don't plan for tomorrow."  There is nothing wrong with planning as long as your plans are guided by and submitted to the will of God

 

God will give you grace for each tomorrow as tomorrow comes. Deuteronomy 33:25

I want you to see something else. When Jesus says "take no thought", "Don't worry", He's repeating himself. It's the third time He's said it in 10 verses. Matthew 6:25, 31, 34

 

Matthew 6:27, Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Worry changes nothing for the good.

Worry does lengthen you life, although it sure can help shorten it!

 

OUR TROUBLES CAN BE MINIMIZED

 

So, how do we minimize our troubles?

By only having those God wants us to have

Sin maximizes our trouble.

Confession and forsaking minimizes our trouble.

In our text Jesus shows us how to minimize the trouble caused by worry so that we don't worry.

 

According to Warren Wiersbe, three words lead us to victory over worry.

FATHER

FAITH

FIRST 

(PLEASE, IF YOU USE DR. WIERSBE'S OUTLINE HERE, GIVE HIM CREDIT! YOU DON'T NEED TO GIVE ME CREDIT, MY MATERIAL IS NOT COPYRIGHTED. BUT HIS IS!)

(Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Volume 1, ©1989 by SP Publications Inc. Victor Books, Wheaton Illonois, Page 28)

 

Applying these three words to our lives will cause our troubles to be minimized because we won't be adding to our troubles.

 

·  FATHER

 

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

If you have trusted Christ as Savior, then God is your Father.

Just think, the God of the universe calls you his child.

That means He is taking personal responsibility for you. Matthew 6:31-32

 

·  FAITH

 

More than anything else worry is a lack of faith.

How do I know this? Jesus says so! Matthew 6:30,

Also see Hebrews 11:6 and Philippians 4:6-7

 

·  FIRST

 

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

As children of God we are to seek the good of His Kingdom, the family business.

As children of God we are to seek His righteousness that's part of the business.

And God says to us, "You seek my business and I'll take care of your needs."  

 

WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU STOPPED WORRYING! WILL YOU?

 

 

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