The Beatitudes are a portrait of what a Christian should look like. Each quality listed should apply to every believer, and each leads to the approval of God. Although righteousness leads to persecution (v. 6, 10) it also allow us to be blessed in persecution (v. 10-12)
The Lord's Prayer gives guidance as to how we can pray for our children in our congregation. Pray to our loving Father that they will value God's name as holy and have hearts that desire the Savior's rule around the globe. Ask that they will live in obedience to God's word and have sufficient energy to serve God with contentment and thankfulness. Pray that the children will seek daily forgiveness and be led away from temptation. Above all just be faithful to pray!
God's almighty power was on display in the resurrection of Jesus "... [Jesus] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead" (Romans 1:14). Jesus openly foretold His death and resurrection (6 times in the gospel of Matthew), proving His unchanging reliability. The resurrection validates the public crucifixion that was planned by God to atone for our sin. Christ's victory is total, and His forgiveness is available to all.
The two greatest needs of humanity are forgiveness of our sins and fellowship with God. In Matthew, the angel announces to Joseph that these needs would be met in person of Jesus Christ. God is almighty enough and loving enough to fulfill His promise to send the Savior.
Why is baptism important? Baptism is a command of Jesus, an essential part of His great commission to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-10 (above). It is also a visible picture of our faith in the triune God (Matthew 28:19), of our salvation experience (Romans 6:3-4), and of our desire to live faithfully for Christ. Finally, baptism is an act of worship (Acts 8:36-39).
The resurrection is evidence that God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as explained in 1 Corinthians 15:17. If Christ did not rise, our faith is worthless and we are still in a state of unforgiveness, answerable to the holy God for our sin. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)" This hope is freely available to all who believe. Let us worship the risen Jesus!
The second chapter of Matthew traces the steps of the magi as they bow at the feet of Jesus. The cruel tyrant, Herod, refused to bow due to hostility toward anyone who might threaten his rule. The chief priests and scribes knew the prophesies about the promised birth of the Messiah but were indifferent and did not pursue the Christ or bow before Him. The Wise Men, however, sought for Jesus, listened to what the Scriptures told about Him, and joyfully offered Him their gifts and their worship. Let us cast aside our hostility and indifference toward Christ the Savior and do the same.
When we neglect to pray against sin and for holiness, we will give in to temptation.We must recognize that we are in danger from our strong, relentless enemy. Thankfully, God is powerful enough to help us and loving enough to deliver us from evil. Let us look to Him in prayer for triumph over sin
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven God's sovereign will, His ultimate plan, will always prevail, but His moral will can be rejected. This petition calls us to obedience and conformity to God's will, similar to the swift, faithful, joyful obedience of the angels. Give us this day our daily bread. This is a petition that acknowledges our dependance upon God. We are to receive our daily necessities with gratitude and use them in service to Him. In addition to daily provision, we also should seek daily pardon. Even though there is ultimately no condemnation for those who have received grace, we still sin and need to restore fellowship with God and show grace to others.
The infinitely glorious God of the universe, through grace, allows us to be His adopted children who may address Him intimately as "Father." We hallow God's name when we honor Him as the holy one revealed in the Scriptures. His kingdom comes not only in the future at Christ's return, but now as God rules over creation, history, and in the hearts of those He redeems.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:16, the apostle Paul pronounces a benediction of peace. The Lord Jesus is our source of peace, reconciling us to God (Isaiah 53:5). His peace is sufficient because He is sovereign, and His peace is certain because He is always with us (Philippians 4:17 and 2 Timothy 4:17). Our messiah is Emmanuel, God with us, the prince of peace.
The last command of the Bible is “Worship God” (Revelation 22:9). Jesus warned the people against hypocritical worship (Mark 7:7) So how can we worship in spirit and truth? True worship is a mark of saving faith. It is both a corporate activity and a daily lifestyle. Our worship of all three members of the Trinity will continue throughout eternity.
To worship God better we must know God and take up His character. Know that the Lord is God, know that He is good, gracious, steadfast in His love. He is truly worthy of thankful praise and devoted worship.
Jesus heals a deaf and mute man in Mark 7:31-37. Jesus moves the man out of the crowd and interacts with him, demonstrating His compassion and healing power and affirming the man’s worth and individuality. In a similar way, Christ entered into the world of humanity to reveal Himself to us and save us from our sin so that we might have a personal relationship with Him.
In Mark 7:1-13 Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for replacing the truth of God’s Word with the traditions of men. Their rules and rituals reflected a desire to put forth a show of outward purity rather than the cultivation of a heart which inwardly follows the truth of scripture. Let us never neglect the Word of God and always worship God in Spirit and in truth.